RRCI Updates Name and Appearance
Compare the Past to the Future!
Remember when Prince shocked everyone in the 90s and changed his name to a symbol? In the media, he was called “the artist formerly known as Prince,” but that was because that was the only way to refer to him. Well, Red Rock Center for Independence is about to rock the world, just like the artist formerly known as Prince did! Refreshing their look and connecting with their mission, Red Rock Center for Independence will be known as RRCI: Empowering People with Disabilities. Or, RRCI for short, maybe a little easier to assimilate than “the artist formerly known as Prince.” This new identity is being launched in conjunction with the organization’ s 20-year anniversary.
Celebrating 20 years of community service by empowering people with disabilities in nine southwestern Utah counties through education, personalized services, and technology has cause the board of directors and staff to consider the organizations identity. Board president, Diego Acosta said, “Even though the organization has been here for 20 years, people still confuse it with a special school on the Boulevard or an assisted living facility.” RRCI is everything but an assisted living facility. Borne during the civil rights movement, Center’ s for Independent Living (CIL’ s) are a federally mandated program managed by people with disabilities and designed to divert people with disabilities from routine institutionalization.
Just like other CIL’ s across the country, RRCI is an independent nonprofit charitable organization with the ability to receive private donations, grants, and state and federal funding. Just since October 2016, 15 staff members of RRCI have provided 7912 services to 892 individuals in their nine-county service area. “We have seen exponential growth in the five years that I have worked here,” said Tim Leslie, Independent Living Coordinator and staff supervisor. “We have opened offices in Richfield, Fillmore, and Cedar City to better serve our consumers.”
Staff and board members know that they are empowering people with disabilities when they receive recent comments from consumers including, “They were able to get me items to help meat home so I could get around my house without nurses or family helping me;” “I could not bathe or shower because I couldn’t stand or step over the tub without a bath lift and they found me one;” “They helped me find funding for all these items because I did not have enough money to buy them.” Additionally, “I was treated like I mattered. Not just another number.”
The community is invited to celebrate RRCI’ s 20 years of service at Cottonwood Cove Park on Dixie Drive in St. George. “Celebrating the Past and Exploring the Future” is the theme of the celebration to be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Businesses and individuals are pitching in to provide food, beverages, and entertainment for this family friendly event. Sponsors and supporters are welcome to contact Brenda Adair, office manager to let her know how you want to help. You can contact her at435-673-7501 or email@example.com.