Independent Living, Inc.’s Peer Support Services

Peer Services at Independent Living, Inc. (ILI) encompass a unique and invaluable approach to supporting individuals with lived experience of disability, substance use, mental health, and/or trauma and recovery. Peers are individuals who connect with members or program participants through the lens of their own personal experiences, serving as allies and guides in the journey toward independence, recovery, and wellness.

The ILI Peer

Peer Programs

  1. Personalized Recovery Planning: Peers work collaboratively with consumers to develop personalized recovery plans tailored to their individual needs and goals.
  2. Connection to Resources: Peers assist consumers in accessing additional resources and community services to support their recovery journey.
  3. Support System: Peers serve as a vital support system, providing guidance, encouragement, empowerment, and coaching to individuals throughout the recovery process.
  4. Flexible Meeting Locations: Services such as one-on-one peer meetings and group meetings are offered at ILI’s dedicated Recovery services location. However, Peers also meet individuals where they are, both physically and emotionally, accommodating their preferences and needs.
  5. Lived Experience: Peers have lived experience with disability, substance use, mental health, and/or trauma and recovery, allowing them to offer authentic understanding and empathy to those they support.
  6. Mentorship and Advocacy: Peer support involves mentorship and advocacy, empowering individuals to advocate for themselves and supporting them in navigating various systems and challenges.
  7. Self-Determined Support: Peer support is always self-determined, meaning individuals choose what they need to support their independence, wellness, and recovery goals, and Peers support them in achieving these goals.
  8. Active Recovery: Peer support is an active form of recovery, emphasizing progress, growth, and resilience on the path toward wellness.

Through Peer Services at ILI, individuals are met with compassion, understanding, and empowerment as they navigate their unique journeys of independence, wellness, and/or recovery, fostering a sense of community, hope, and resilience along the way.

Grounded in the principles of the peer services movement, our organization is driven by lived experience, employing experts in their respective fields.

People with disabilities founded Independent Living, Inc. for people with disabilities. Peers are employed throughout all of our programs; some have lived experience with physical disabilities, some have personally experienced mental health or substance use disorders, and others may have family members with disabilities, mental health or substance use disorders.

Some services are solely delivered by Peers:

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