Independent Living Center of Kern County has received a $13,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
The Quality of Life program awards grants to nonprofits that mirror the Reeve Foundation’s mission and commitment to foster community engagement, enhance independence and promote healthy self-esteem.
Funding assists ILCKC’s Repair Re-Use program which accepts donated power and manual wheelchairs in order to give back to people with disabilities.
Wheelchairs in need of minor repairs (tires, battery, arm rest, controller, etc.) are repaired by ILCKC staff and volunteers. Reconditioned wheelchairs received by individuals with mobility impairments improves their quality of life, giving independence, and the ability to take care of daily needs.
Many of ILCKC clients either are in need of a wheelchair not issued by insurances or an existing wheelchair is in disrepair and needed to be replaced.
“ILCKC thanks the Reeve Foundation for its recognition of ILCKC’s commitment to empowering people with disabilities to live as independently as they can. Our vision of inclusion for persons with disabilities in the Kern community can’t be done without funding sources like the Reeve Foundation,” said Jimmie Soto, Executive Director.