LIFTT to host virtual screen of Academy Award Nominated Documentary “Crip Camp” September 30 @ 1 p.m.
Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow (LIFTT) invites all to join in the virtual screening via zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/93017341646) of the Acadamy Award-nominated documentary “Crip Camp” on Thursday, September 30th from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
“Crip Camp,” tells the story of a group of disabled teens who first met at a ramshackle summer camp in New York State in the late 1960s banded together to work toward a brighter future not just for themselves but for all people with disabilities and shape a new culture of love, pride, and acceptance.
A discussion of the film and its lessons for the disability community today and the future follows the viewing. For more information please contact Tanya Thomas at (406) 690-6324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 2021 Newsletter: COVID rent assistance still available
The federal government is conducting an all-out push to make sure tenants and landlords take advantage of the historic funding for emergency rental assistance to help cover rent, utilities, and other housing costs and keep people in their homes.
Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, billions of dollars in federal rental assistance is reaching renters behind on housing costs, as well as landlords who have struggled during the pandemic. These programs are run locally, and emergency rental assistance is available across the country.
The programs are created specifically for low-income, non-elderly adults with disabilities seeking rent assistance.
Don’t be left out in the cold! LIFTT can help you navigate the rental assistance application process.
Call us for more information at (406) 259-5181 or send us a message at liftt.org/contact.
LIFTT Board of Directors to meet September 16
The board of directors of Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow will hold a meeting on Thursday, September 16, 2021, beginning at 4 p.m. MDT.
The board meeting will be conducted virtually using the Zoom platform.
The public is invited to attend and offer comments during the public comment period.LIFTT-Board-Meeting-Agenda-09.16.2021
LIFTT to host community picnic on August 20 at Billings Rose Park
After a couple of years of hiatus between staff changes and COVID, Living Independently for Today and Tomorrow (LIFTT)’s Summer Picnic in the Park is back!
Join us on Friday, August 20th between 11-2 at Billings Rose Park (21st Street West between Avenues B & E, we will be at the picnic shelter north of the swimming pool) for some food & fun in the sun!
We are particularly pleased that our friends from MonTECH will be on hand with some adaptive recreational gear for people to try out.
For more information about LIFTT and the picnic in the park contact LIFTT outreach coordinator, Jed Barton at (406) 294-5186 or email@example.com.
LIFTT Job Opening: Full-time Independent Living Specialist based in Billings
Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow (LIFTT) is seeking a full-time Independent Living Specialist to work out of our Billings office. As a member of the LIFTT IL Program Team, the Independent Living (IL) Specialist is responsible for advocating and delivering the five core independent living services within LIFTT’s eighteen county service area. This position plays a primary role in promoting self-determination and self-direction of individuals with disabilities and shall focus their work complimentary to the spirit and intent of the independent living philosophy.
For a complete description of the Independent Living Specialist position and information about how to apply, please visit our employment page.
LIFTT encourages you to get the COVID-19 Vaccine and can help make it happen
Dear Consumers and Friends of LIFTT,
The team here at Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow would like to encourage everyone who is eligible and medically qualified to as soon as possible get a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting all who are able vaccinated against COVID-19 is a critical step in moving our communities, state, nation, and the world out of the darkest days of the last year.
The COVID-19 vaccines being given out by local health departments and other medical providers in our communities are safe and effective and completely free of charge! Visit vaccines.gov to find a location in your area and information about how to make an appointment. You can also find vaccination site information by texting your zip code to 438829 or by calling (800) 232-0233.
If you are a person with a disability and you need assistance in finding a vaccine location near you, making an appointment, getting to a vaccination site, or face other barriers; LIFTT can help you navigate the process. Please give us a call at (406) 259-5181, or send us a message at liftt.org/contact.
For more information about how COVID-19 vaccines work, what vaccines are available for their safety, general side effects, and who can get vaccinated visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html. If you have specific questions about your medical situation and the COVID-19 vaccine please reach out to your health care provider.
If you already gotten the vaccine or arranged to do so, Thank you for stepping up to protect yourself your families friends, and your communities! Vaccinated individuals can check out https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html. If you are interested in sharing your experience getting the shot on social media checks out the “Share your Shot: campaign from The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities.
Stay Safe & Healthy,
The Team at LIFTT
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.
LIFTT Board of Directors to meet via Zoom on May 6
The board of directors of Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow will hold a meeting on Thursday, May 6, 2021, beginning at 4 p.m. MDT.
Due to the continuing need for social distancing, the board meeting will be conducted virtually using the Zoom platform.
The public is invited to attend and offer comments during the public comment period.LIFTT-Board-of-Directors-Agenda-05.06.2021
April 2021 Newsletter: Larry Ketchem I & R Specialist Living & Working Independently
When Larry Ketchem picks up the phone at LIFTT, he is armed with answers.
As the organization’s information and referral specialist, Larry is often the first point of contact with Montanans living with disabilities, many of whom are desperate for services and programs to enhance their lives. Larry makes the red tape necessary for services look easy, but it was not always that way. Growing up, Larry had to grapple with his own questions.
Born with retinitis pigmentosa, he lost most of his eyesight in high school. “My teen years were tough he said, “I should have been learning how to drive, but instead, at 16, I was learning how to be blind.” By the time Larry was 25, he could only see light and dark. Despite his dwindling vision, Larry refused to be held back: He was on the Billings Senior High School wrestling team, skied; and, as a third generation Broncos fan, faithfully followed his team. After high school graduation in 1988, Larry attended MSUB and accepted a job offer from LIFTT.
Except for a brief medical hiatus, Larry has assisted people with disabilities for a total of 12 years. He credits his accomplishments to his parents, who insisted he “pull himself up by his bootstraps,” and a blind vocational rehab counselor who held degrees in math and chemistry, drove a pickup around his farm outside of Billings, and frequently ran up the Airport Road using two canes as his eyes.
Passionate About Freedom
Larry believes living independently is a life well lived. He is passionate about helping others achieve the same sense of freedom, providing intake and referral information, fielding phone calls, conducting I&R research, and sharing his expertise with colleagues. He says the best thing about his job is seeing people with disabilities achieve their goals, “I enjoy helping people succeed,” he said, “they come to LIFTT beaten down and desperate for help and it’s great when they smile and say, “I can do this.”
In his free time, Larry unwinds by playing videogames, spending time with his wife of 22 years, and reading a good book through a talking book device courtesy of the State of Montana that can be downloaded and put on a thumb drive. Larry’s literary taste ranges from westerns to Sci-fi and horror.
Larry’s philosophy is to stay independent, try everything once, and laugh a lot. “If you can’t laugh” Larry said, “you’ll go nuts.”
Celebrating Independence Day
Once a year, Larry’s vision detects more than just light and dark. On July Fourth, Larry purchases the biggest fireworks he can find, and when they are ignited, he can see brilliant red, yellow, and orange explosions in the night sky, spotlighting both America’s freedom, and Larry’s independent lifestyle.
April 2021 LIFTT Connection Newsletter Now AvailableLIFTT-Connection-04.2021
In this Issue:
- LIFTT partners with SPIRIT Club to offer FREE online health and wellness classes
- Team Member Profile: Larry Ketchem, I & R specialist
- Director’s Corner
- Home Modifications for Independent Living
- Keep up with the Montana Legislature with MTCIL Action Alerts
You can request that we mail you a paper copy by sending your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org