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Nonprofit Overview

TRPIL is a Center for Independent Living that supports people with disabilities throughout the region. It is an affiliate of a sister organization, Voices for Independence (VFI), based in Erie. Services offered by TRPIL include Advocacy, Information & Referral, Peer Counseling, Skills Training, and Transition.

Established for over 30 years, the agency focuses on individual empowerment, so that all people with disabilities are involved in decision-making regarding their lifestyles. In addition, VFI also offers in-home care via Personal Assistance Services, Nursing Home Transition, and Home Modifications.

TRPIL holds two annual fundraising events — the Walk*Run*Roll 5K and a golf outing. The agency has recently completed a capital campaign to renovate the former YWCA Building, 42 West Maiden Street, Washington, into an accessible program and community center. It will offer consumers and caregivers an opportunity to learn cooking skills in the newly installed kitchen. The wellness center will feature accessible exercise equipment.

Mom with Toddler in a stroller wheelchair
Employee talking with customer

Current Needs

The current need of the organization is support for the Home Modifications program. This program focuses on granting accessibility into one’s home. The agency gets numerous monthly calls from UPMC Children’s Hospital and its Rehabilitation Unit regarding children whose disease has progressed or have life-altering injuries like 3-year-old Haylee, who has cerebral palsy and cannot walk.

Most of the remodels include ramps, stair glides, and/or bathroom remodels. Some adults may be in the hospital and cannot return home until a ramp is installed. The agency has completed several similar cases recently.

An average ramp installation can cost between $3,000 to $4,000. A bathroom remodel involving a curbless shower, raised toilet, and vanity can cost between $9,000 and $13,000. In many instances, the homeowner is not expecting to encounter this expense, and cannot afford it. It is at that time, TRPIL steps in to assist.

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