Friends from Abroad

Participants in the Community Independence Program (CIP) at Independent Living, Inc. started their first pen pal program with a group of individuals with disabilities called Enable Ireland from Dublin, Ireland. As the group shared personal stories, exchanged words of encouragement, and provided peer support and advice on coping with common problems, the groups realized that although they are in different countries, they share the same challenges and are more alike than they are different. The groups hope to start a Skype network in the near future so they can talk face to face even though they are miles and miles apart. Miss Geraldine Howe, an Enable Ireland staff member, recently visited her family in New York City and stopped by Independent Living, Inc. to personally meet our CIP participants and staff. The CIP participants enjoyed meeting Geraldine and look forward to continued communication with the group in Ireland.