Clinch Independent Livibg Services (CILS) recognizes that all citizens are entitled to the freedom to make choices and have the right to live independently in the community. CILS' mission is to provide resources and support necessary change within the community, alleviating barriers to independence, and enabling citizens to live productive and satisfying lives.
Centers for independent living are non-profit, community based non-residential organizations that are run by and for people with disabilities. Centers for independent living (CILS) aren't places where people live. Instead, they are centers of action and coalition. CILS work to empower people to take charge of their own lifestyles. CILS are designed and operated by people with disabilities. A center for independent living provides services which promote leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of people with disabilities. CILS works with individuals, as well as with the community, to remove barriers to independence.
History of Clinch Independent Living Services
Clinch Independent Living Services was established on October 1, 1998. Serving Buchanan, Dickenson, Russell, and Tazewell counties in southwestern Virginia. Committed individuals from all four counties have made it possible for everyone in Planning District 2 to have access to services which remove barriers to independent living and empower people with disabilities to manage their own lives.