LIFTT’s Katelyn Baker featured in Q2 piece on pedestrian accessibility in Billings
The local CBS News Affiliate, Q2 News recently took a walk in downtown Billings with a representative of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center and LIFTT peer Katelyn Baker to shine a light on the accessibility challenges and opportunities facing our city of Billings.
LIFTT is proud to be an advocacy partner with the City of Billings Public Works, Billings TrailNet, Healthy By Design Yellowstone, and others to work to address these problems and bring positive change to our communities.
November 2021 Newsletter: Director’s Corner
I am proud to announce that on September 16, 2021, the board of directors approved a Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility (DIEA) Statement for LIFTT. Although DIEA has always been a priority of our team members and consumers, the events of 2020 inspired LIFTT to revisit these themes and remember why we exist. This statement symbolizes a renewal of LIFTT’s commitment to advance DIEA in its service area, among its team members and consumers, according to its mission and vision.
LIFTT provides independent living services in 18 counties located in the Southeast part of Montana. Its highly diverse and equitable team is prepared to meet and relate to the diversity of the population of the service area, allowing them to have equal access to the possibilities and opportunities of the 21st century.
Based on its new DIEA Statement, LIFTT is seeking new ways to engage and enhance the DIEA experience of its team members and consumers. LIFTT wants to create more equity and create equal opportunity in Southeast Montana around gender, generation, nationality and ethnicity, LGBTQ+, and not only disabilities.
For the time being, I will be both LIFTT’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO). Please take time to review LIFTT’s DIEA statement and do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any comments and suggestions related to LIFTT’s DIEA Statement .
I wish our consumers, partners, and team members happy holidays.
LIFTT Executive Director
LIFTT receives donation of a van with a wheelchair lift
Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow (LIFTT) would like to thank Jim Davis of Great Falls for donating a 2006 Ford Freestar van equipped with a wheelchair lift. The vehicle previously belonged to Jim’s sister Patty Davis who lives in Billings and was a one-time consumer of LIFTT.
LIFTT looks forward to putting the van to good use as our team ventures back out into the communities we serve in the coming weeks and months.
April 2021 Newsletter: An FAQ on LIFTT & Home Modifications
Every consumer at LIFTT has unique needs in terms of their disability and what they might require for them to live independently, including home modification. Here are a few questions and answers to help if you are considering a necessary change in your living arrangements.
How do you know if you qualify to receive the modifications?
Usually, your doctor can provide written support for the need, and then LIFTT can help you with the application process to receive one of these modifications.
Is there financial help available for home modification?
Clients can either pay for their own modifications, obtain a low-interest loan (Montana Assistive Technology Loan), or you can ask LIFTT to help you apply for grant funding.
How long does it take to complete a modification project?
The completion time can take a couple of months to as many as six months depending on the type or size of the project and if an application for grant funding is needed.
Who do I contact to learn more about accessibility modifications services?
Call 406-259-5181 and speak with the receptionist. She will record your information and put your request through a short protocol, and you will receive a return call from an Independent Living Specialist within two business days.