News & Announcements

Current CFI COVID Policy

We are currently meeting in person by appointment only. We are very excited to see you all face-to-face once more and request that you set up an appointment ahead of time with your case manager. We do still require masks, sanitizer and to take your temperature after walking into the front doors. When you arrive for your appointment check in at the walk-up window and we will let you into the building.

Otherwise our walk-up window is still open and operational, come see us there for quick questions, paperwork or other needs. We’re also available by phone: 1-800-613-2271.

5/02

Special Olympics call for volunteers!!!

Join us for the 49th Annual Western Regional Track & Field Event on Sunday, May 2nd 2021!

Due to restricted capacity, volunteers who register to attend this event must be able to commit to the entire shift (7am-3pm).

Questions: Michelle Pewters, Western Regional Manager [email protected] https://www.classy.org/event/2021-volunteer-western-regional-track-and-field-registration/e336520

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources To Support Vulnerable Populations

Many groups such as older adults and people with disabilities may have substantial challenges accessing COVID-19 vaccination services and warrant specific considerations to support equitable vaccine access. The CDC has provided guidance, tools and toolkits and other COVID-19 vaccine resources to support vulnerable populations who are a higher risk, to help them make decisions, protect their health, and communicate with their communities.

Toolkit for People with Disabilities – The CDC has created a toolkit to help people with disabilities and those who serve or care for them make decisions, protect their health, and communicate with their communities.

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Areas We Serve

The Center for Independence proudly serves 12 counties of the Western Slope of Colorado with offices in Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, Salida and Montrose.  

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The Center for Independence has been serving people with disabilities on the Western Slope of Colorado since 1982. Our services include benefits counseling, peer counseling, personal systems advocacy, information and referral, support groups, transitional support, vocational support, independent living skills classes and education. All individuals with disabilities are eligible for services free of charge.

Community Comments

D.R. – Aug. 2020

Dear Center for Independence,

I would like to thank  you and your employee, Ruby Martinez, for providing care to those who need it most in Western Colorado and in Mesa County.

We most appreciate Ruby’s hard work and dedication to helping our family navigate the SSDI system and help  us manage the after-effects of Cliff’s massive stroke.

In appreciation, enclosed please find a donation of $1,500 to help assist others.

Lisa Lingo – Oct. 2017

Some of the most caring, hard-working people for people that need it…if they can’t help you they will find someone who can.

L.O. – Aug. 2020

I just wanted to share my very happy experience I have had with Tobie Truman at the Salida satellite office of the Center for Independence, as she has worked tirelessly to help me get my life together. In February 2020, I had to leave my job due to rather marked symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Hence, I am no longer able to work. But Tobie figured out what I would need to make it on my own, disabled and unable to work. I have been working with Tobie on my case, which is coming to a very happy, successful result of all her hard work. I have been able to get to know her well, and what I see is a very energetic, dedicated, people-oriented, bright, and professional woman.

Tobie gives her clients all of her attention. I appreciate her very much. I can live comfortably with a decent income. I never would have been able to figure out the path I needed to go down on my own. Tobie Thruman is a super asset to a community in dire need.

Vicki & Batman – Mar. 2021

Hi Mary,

I just wanted to let you know how deeply grateful I am to you. You have put up with me through my anger, impatience, fear and joy and helped Batman and me get into our home. Thank you, Mary! You are a wonderful person. You helped me come out of a very dark place in my life. This year has been one of the toughest times in my life and the good Lord put people like yourself here to see me through. So, from Batman and I, THANK YOU for caring about us.

Mesa County Veteran Services Officer – Jan. 2021

Thank you for doing everything you can! I’ve heard nothing but good things about your service to our community.

Cheri Martin – Jan. 2021

Cheri was referred to CFI by Grand Valley Peace & Justice in January 2021. Her RV/home had broken down on the interstate in Garfield County, Colorado. Law enforcement stopped to check on her. Not having any proof of insurance they took her drivers license and impounded her RV, then sent her to Grand Junction directing her to services. She had no money, no medications for her mental illness, no ID, no food and was not prepared for the cold weather. CFI case manager Tracy Morton helped her get a replacement ID, get a motel room for a couple of nights, new clothes and some hot meals. In the meantime, Tracy set up a management plan for her in our Glenwood Springs office where she wanted to be located. In a video interview she stated, “I was almost exhausted, passed out to sleep forever… This is an amazing place with amazing people…They’ve given me hope. CFI and Tracy saved my life.”

The Center for Independence would like to thank our partner agencies and supporters who help make this work possible on the Western Slope.