INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER OF KERN COUNTY

Empowering people with disabilities to live as independently as they can

aka ILCKC   |   Bakersfield, CA   |  www.ilcofkerncounty.org

Mission

ILCKC empowers people with disabilities to grow creatively, professionally, and personally; and educates the community about disability-related issues.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Mr. Jimmie M Soto

Main address

5251 Office Park Drive, Suite 200 Suite 200

Bakersfield, CA 93309 USA

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EIN

77-0384453

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Personal Social Services (P50)

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

ILCKC focus is to increase access and equal opportunities for people with disabilities in Kern County. ILCKC seeks to improve the options that people with all types of disabilities have to learn to live and earn with independence. ILCKC offers a peer-based approach to programs & services and social change because people with disabilities have unmatched, experiential knowledge in providing services and advocating for institutional and policy changes. ILCKC Board and staff is comprised of individuals who have a variety of disabilities themselves, offers consumers a peer-mentorship due to their unique perspectives in creating and achieving independent living goals. ILCKC is aproduct of the Independent Living Movement which disabilities are not seen as the barrier or disability but rather an ability to see a challenge needing to be addressed.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Assistive Technology Program

provides Assistive Technology (AT) computer and device and/or equipment training, knowledge of various AT devices, and access to AT resources

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

assists people with disabilities in relocating out of an institution or skilled nursing facility into their own home. Transitions also assists youth with disabilities in their efforts to transition into adulthood.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Independent Living Skills training provides money management, wellness, computers, transportation, advocacy, peer support, and more. Trainings are bi-monthly sessions, held year-long and individual workshops are regularly featured. Monthly Team Advocacy meetings are held bringing inclusion and positive change to society for people with disabilities addressing such topics as community accessibility (i.e. public transit, voting booths, sidewalk cut outs, etc.) and other disability related topics. Peer Support meetings following Team Advocacy, utilizing a peer-role modeling approach to discuss barriers, success, and problem-solving to independence for people with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Individuals, families, social service organizations often contact Independent Living Center for community services. With over 50 years experience our Information and Referral Coordinator assists people with an extensive resources that ILCKC has developed over the years. Working closely with 2-1-1 and the 10 collaboratives or networks we work with, ILCKC can provide callers or visitors information about topics such as accessible, affordable housing; payee services; substance abuse programs; healthcare; personal assistant services; dental or eye care and perscriptions; MediCal limitations and other related issues that affect people with disabilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Independent Living Center of Kern County has a Systems Change Advocate (SCA) who addresses issues related to individuals with disabilities including, but not limited to: Housing, Transportation, Access, Employment, and Health. Community leadership is developed by involving people with disabilities into action on issues affecting the disability community.

Team Advocacy is a group of peers who meet monthly to address community concerns while finding solutions to their concerns. The Systems Change Advocate (SCA) provides consumers with the tools and resources to learn and develop self-advocacy skills. The SCA provides assistance with various issues including the resolution of conflicts that impede delivery, investigation of discrimination of claims, and dissemination of information regarding entitlement programs.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

ASL interpreting services is availble as a fee-for-service for the Kern community and Central Valley at competitive rates.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with hearing impairments

Braille translation services translate written documents into Braille for the Kern Community, Central Coast, and Central Valley at competitive rates.
ILCKC consumers can utilize the Braille translation services at no cost.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with vision impairments

Where we work

Accreditations

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) - Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments Accreditation 2012

Department of Rehabilitation 2012

Other 2012

Awards

CA Assembly Resolution 2581 2003

California State Assembly

Joint Member Resolution 114 2012

California Legislative Joint Members

Certificate of Recognition 2012

North of the River Chamber of Commerce

20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act 2010

Special Congressional Recognition - Kevin McCarthy

Special Recognition of 20th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities 2010

Third Kern County Supervisorial District

Special Recognitio - 20th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act 2010

California Legislative Assembly

Letter of Gratitude 2007

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Certificate of Appreciation 2012

Bakersfield Mayor Harvey Hall

Recognition of Maintaining the C.A.R.E. Program 2012

PG&E

Certificate of Recognition of Service 2012

Kern County Board of Supervisors

Certificate of Recognition 2012

Kern County Supervisor Karen Goh

White Cane Award 2011

Great Bakersfield Council of the Blind

Affiliations & memberships

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers 1997

National Council for Independent Living Centers 1997

Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce 1998

Downtown Business Association 2002

North of the River Chamber of Commerce 2011

State Independent Living Center 2012

Statewide Plan for Independent Living Centers 2012

Other 2012

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Seniors, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Unduplicated, number of consumers plus Information and Referrals that received services.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Independent Living Center of Kern County's main goal, along with its philosophy, to empower people with disabilities to live as independently as they can in whatever capacity that independence means, to benefit from the services seeking, and to educate the Kern community about disability-related issues. ILCKC wants inclusion, equality, and availability to one person is inclusive, equal and available to a person with a disability.

ILCKC's seeks to have within its agency core services, as well as knowledge and collaboration of other local agencies, offering a quality of life of independence.

ILCKC has a network of other Independent Living Centers within the State of California all with the same philosophy and goals with supporting core services as required by the State. This 18-member council of State ILCs (SILC), appointed by the Governor, represent persons with disabilities throughout the state and charged with determining the allocation of federal funds for independent living; advising the Governor and Legislature about issues impacting persons with disabilities in California; creating projects and moving forward ideas that will enhance the ability of people with disabilities to live independently; assuring compliance with applicable state and federal laws governing independent living.

ILCKC works as an independent agent and quarterly comes together with SILC to discuss State and/or Legislative issues. ILCKC also has the National Conference of Independent Living (NCIL) to see the advancement of independent living and the rights of people with disabilities.

One of the fee-for-service programs offered at ILCKC is our Transitions program. The Transitions Coordinator works with a nursing facilities, individual and/or family members of person in nursing home, physicians and others have the individual move from the nursing home as safely as possible into his/her own home. ILCKC locates affordable and accessible housing, home setup, self-care training, and more. This program can be much larger in the Kern County area than what it is. An accomplishment ILCKC is striving for.

An unexpected circumstance with a Deaf consumer seeking employment in the community with no ASL interpreter available. This brought about ILCKC accomplishing a local resource for American Sign Language Interpreting Services for Kern County. Prior to that, the closest agencies were either Fresno or Los Angeles to serve the Deaf community. The program started with one full time interpreter and a registry of contracted interpreters to now having three in-house interpreters with a registry of contracted interpreters. The program serves local agencies, doctors offices, businesses, schools, etc., helping to bridge the communication gap between the hearing and Deaf communities.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER OF KERN COUNTY

Board of directors
as of 5/7/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Lito Morillo

Kern County Aging & Adult Services

Term: 2016 - 2021


Board co-chair

Penny Valdovinos

Penny Valdovinos

Retired, Kern County Dept. of Health & Human Services

Lito Morillo

Director, Kern County Aging & Adult Services

Janice Clausen

CSUB Director, Services for Students with Disabilities Office

Jason Watkins

CSUB, Assistant Director of Programs & Services, Students with Disabilities Office

Heather West

Public Health Programs Administrator, Healthnet of California

Nathan Gutierrez

City of Bakersfield, Management Assistant

Shawn Kennemer

BARC, Assistant Vice President

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/29/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability