Strategies to Empower People began in 1992 with our Independent Living Services (ILS) program. Since it’s inception, Strategies to Empower People’s Program has built a reputation as one of California’s most respected service providers – known for its exceptionally experienced, high-quality and personalized approach. ILS offers functional skills training and assistance to adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities so that they learn and maintain the skills necessary to live independently in their own homes. It also helps empower individuals to achieve greater independence while living in the home of a parent, family member, or other person.
Unlike SLS services where Director Support Professionals provide hands on care and supports, ILS is focused on training and setting up systems for an individual to be self sufficient. Direct support services and training through ILS are provided in the person’s home or out in the community – NOT in center-based environments. Individuals can receive up to 35 hours of personalized support a month, (or more if needed), and the services are funded through California Regional Centers. Rental assistance may also be offered through HUD’s Section 8 Housing Program and living expenses are paid through Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or other benefits/income.