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No fragrances please.  To accommodate those with allergies, asthma, lung and breathing conditions and multiple chemical sensitivities, please do not smoke or wear scented products when attending support groups and events at NHILC.

NHILC website at

***NHILC will be closed on Monday, February 21.

Monthly Events and Activities at NHILC  

Free Tax Help: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) help will be offered at NHILC on Thursdays by appointment. This service is offered by trained volunteers and is provided by Catholic Charities. You may be eligible for a refund under the Earned Income Tax Credit. Call 928-778-2531 Ext. 54089 for information and to schedule your appointment and ask for the tax help location at NHILC. Please remember that this is a fragrance-free facility.

Save the date for our next NHILC Fabulous Friend-Raiser: NHILC’s “Complete The Dream” fundraising event will be held Saturday evening on April 9, 2011 at the historic Hotel St. Michael’s Crystal Ballroom. Dinner and dancing to the delightful sounds of wonderful jazz featuring the internationally renowned trumpeter Mike Vax with guest vocalist Terri New. Additional information about ordering tickets will be available soon.

Work Incentives and Benefits Counseling, call Gail or Melissa for an appointment.

Non-Visual Desktop Access Screen Reader Software Instruction at NHILC

New Horizons Independent Living Center will be offering Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) screen reader software instruction to people who are blind or have vision impairment.  Providing feedback via synthetic speech and Braille, NVDA allows people to access and interact with the Windows operating system and many third party applications.  Both the software and the training are free.  To make an appointment to learn the program, please call Deborah at 928-772-1266 X 301. 

Acupuncture Treatments

Miriam Benson, a licensed acupuncturist, provides acupuncture treatments for $35 in the NHILC conference room between 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursdays.  Call Deborah at 772-1266 X 301 to schedule your appointment for the reduced-fee brief sessions, fully clothed in a seated position.  Payment can be by check or cash. 

 Patients are required to sign a consent and arbitration agreement before the first treatment.  Mimi, is licensed, board certified and has been doing acupuncture for 15 years.  She studied in China and will help you address pain and specific symptoms.

Creative Crafters Group

New Horizons Independent Living Center has a new monthly support group for making arts and crafts projects.  Creative Crafters group meets on the first Tuesday each month at 2:00 p.m.  Each month will feature a project with materials and instructions.  The next dates are February 1st and March 1st.

Computer Class, all skill levels each Tuesday at New Horizons ILC, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Please notice new times for computer class. 

Dave’s Out to Lunch Bunch meets on the 2nd Thursday each month at noon.  The next lunch is February 10 at Baja Fresh, 3088 N. Glassford Hill Rd. (in the Fry’s Shopping Center), Prescott Valley. Their phone number is 775-0906. NHILC Transportation to this event is available for a donation by calling 775-8870 in advance.

The MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities) Support Group meets on the 3rd Tuesday at 2 p.m.  The next date is February 15th.

Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and Fibromyalgia Support Group meets on the 3rd Thursday at 2 p.m. at NHILC.   The next meeting is February 17th.

Brain Injury Support Group (B.I.G.) meets on the 4th Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. each month. Next meeting is February 24th.  Call Mary at 772-1266 for information.

Haircuts are available on the 3rd Tuesday each month from noon-2:00 for $10. This  month’s date for hair cuts is February 15th.  Call Deborah at 772-1266 for an appointment. 

Disability Program Navigator Michael O’Brien provides services for individuals seeking employment, assistive technology, help youth transition to work, etc.  Call Deborah at 772-1266 for dates and times. 

 Job Development and Placement Services are available; call 772-1266. 

NHILC Transportation: Do you need a ride to go to the grocery or other shopping, to medical and therapy appointments, to the bank, to the mall or a movie? Vans include accessible and lift-equipped vans as well as mini-vans and trained drivers. NACOG transportation vouchers are accepted. Call 775-8870 for rates and to schedule a ride.


Events and Resources – Local

Arts & Crafts Are Available at WOW! Artists and Crafters from New Horizons ILC now have items available for sale at WOW! …Canyon Trace gift shop located at 6616 E. 2nd Street, Suite C in Prescott Valley. Their phone number is 928-227-3592. This unique store offers a wide variety of gifts including Avon, sunglasses, handmade jewelry, pottery, leather and accessories for women and men. They are open Monday-Friday from 10-6 and on Saturday from 10-4. They have a large display that includes crafts, photography, intarsia wood, handmade jewelry and cards made by talented NHILC consumers, staff and volunteer. 

If you are interested in submitting your handcrafted items for consignment, please call Jean at NHILC at 772-1266 Ext 305.  

Yavapai College: Career Skills Program at the Prescott Valley campus is held October 18 through December 3 from 9-3 Monday-Friday. Learn to upgrade your computer and office skills and write a resume. Call 928-717-7920 or go to

Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program in Prescott Valley:  Low-income homeowners can apply for help with needed repairs.  The Town Council approved a change to the program’s guidelines to better meet the need to remove hazards that threaten the health and safety of residents such as critical repairs to heating, roofs, and other repairs.  For more information, call Prescott Valley Community Development at 759-3050.

Yavapai College Small Business Development Centers offer counselors and classes in entrepreneurship.  There are locations in Prescott and Sedona.  Call 928-776-2008. Website is Information is also available at U.S. Small Business Administration at

Social Security information and news is now available on Facebook and Twitter. Go to and follow the icons. Look for the icon that links to their YouTube page to watch Social Security videos. To follow on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook/com/socialsecurity and click “like.”  To follow on Twitter, go to and select “Follow Social Security.” 

New ADA Title III Highlights:  For a Fact Sheet of the Highlights of the Final Rule to Amend the Department of Justice’s Regulation Implementing Title III of the ADA, go to or for information or to order copies, call the ADA Information Line at 1-800-514-0301 (voice) or 1-800-514-0383.  

Northern Arizona Area Agency on Aging: Their central office has moved to 43 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001. Services are provided for persons 60 years of age or older or the spouse of a person 60 or older in Apace, Coconino, Navajo and Yavapai Counties. Programs may include advocacy, benefits counseling such as Medicare, legal, case management, Ombudsman, Mature Workers Program and other home and community based services. To apply or for information contact NACOG AAA in Flagstaff at toll free at 1-877-521-3500; or 928-213-5254; TTY 1-800-842-4681; email or website at

U.S. Department of Labor website tool: An online tool to find a job in a particular field based on your education and experience, income and location. Use this to select an occupation, a state and locality, education and wage level to help make career choices and a list of job banks and training resources. Go to

Living with Loss Support Groups by Hospice of the Pines:  groups are free and open to the public and meet at locations in Chino Valley, Cottonwood, Mayer, Prescott, Prescott Valley and Sedona.  Call 928-632-0111 or go to

Pharmacy in Prescott Valley:Ave Maria Pharmacy is located at 8098 E. Valley Road, (between Yavapai Road and Robert Road) in Prescott Valley.  Their phone is 928-772-8674 and fax is 772-8431.  Pharmacy hours are Monday-Thursday from 9-4.  Their website is

This family owned and operated professional pharmacy provides personalized and compassionate services to all customers.  They offer custom compounding, professional medication counseling, insurance billing, specialty medications, and serve the uninsured. 

Most insurance is accepted. Please call to verify your coverage. Their prices are often lower than insurance co-pays.  Convenient mail delivery is available.  Ave Maria Pharmacy will donate 1% of sales to your area to help “Build a Culture of Life One Prescription at a Time.”

Home Weatherization Assistance:Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) Home Weatherization Assistance Program provides services to low and moderate income homes in Apache, Coconino, Navajo and Yavapai Counties at no cost to eligible renters and homeowners. Staff will perform an energy audit and testing. Possible repairs may include replacement, air sealing, insulation, repair ducts and other repairs or replacements if applicable. Hours are 8-4 Monday-Friday. Call toll free 1-877-521-3500 or 928-774-3759; fax 928-774-3758 or email to Website is

Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Program in Prescott Valley:  Low-income homeowners can apply for help with needed repairs.  The Town Council approved a change to the program’s guidelines to better meet the need to remove hazards that threaten the health and safety of residents such as critical repairs to heating, roofs, and other repairs.  For more information, call Prescott Valley Community Development at 759-3050. 

Prescott Valley Proposed Community Garden: Fain Signature Group has donated land behind the Albertsons store in Prescott Valley for a proposed community garden space.  For more information, call Aalt Brouwer at 928-277-1114.

Fair Housing Survey: To participate in a fair housing survey by the City of Prescott, call Mike Bacon at 928-777-1360 or go to

ADOT road projects:  For information about road construction at the intersection of Highway 89A and Viewpoint Drive in Prescott Valley that is scheduled to start this fall and ending a year later, go to the project website at or call the hotline at 866-751-2083. 

Green Drinks: international monthly group for networking, ideas and inspiration, meets every 3rd Thursday, 4:30-6:30 pm. at the Raven Café, N. Cortez St., Prescott;

Yavapai College Adult Education GED program: Call 928-776-2320 or go to

AZ Workforce Connection: Employment Services are available at their Prescott location at 1519 W. Gurley St., Suite 6. Phone: 928-277-2820; Fax: 277-2797. New location in Prescott Valley at 3274 Bob Drive. Website:

Caregiver Support Group: Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon at Mingus View Presbyterian Church, 8340 E. Leigh Drive, Prescott Valley. Call (928) 775-6145.

Job Club: each Monday, 10-11 a.m. at AWEE, 805 Whipple #C, Prescott, AZ. Call 778-3010.

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group: Meets each month at Mt. Valley Rehabilitation Facility on the corner of Windsong and Lakeshore, Prescott Valley. Call Jo at 759-8800.

Public Ice Skating at Tim’s Toyota Event Center, Prescott Valley. Skating Hotline is 775-3165.

Prescott Valley: Neighborhood News is available at or call 759-3107.

AZ Freedom to Work, Benefits, Planning, Assistance & Outreach:Want to know more about work incentives for Social Security beneficiaries? Want to go to work and are unsure how your earnings will affect your benefits? Call New Horizons ILC for an appointment for this free service if you have questions. Contact Community Work Incentives Coordinators at (928) 772-1266 or (800) 406-2377; Fax (928) 772-3808. In Flagstaff, call (866) 428-7511. Alternate formats and sign-language interpreters are available upon request. Website: Benefits counseling can be done by phone or in person.

For Disability Benefits Starter Kits go to Social Security Online Services are at or call 1-800-772-1213. Apply for benefits, AHCCCS, KidsCare and find other service programs at

SSA jobs: various skill levels; send resumes to here. General questions can be sent here. To apply for Federal jobs, go to and for jobs at IRS, go to here or and for jobs for the 2010 Census:

For Department of Justice jobs: go to here.  Job Accommodation Network website is Federal Disability Workforce Consortium website is here . National Council on Disability promotes policies to guarantee equal opportunity for all individuals with disabilities. Website is

In Northern Arizona

New Horizons ILC branch office in Northern Arizona is located in Goodwill office at 2225 North Steves Boulevard, Flagstaff, AZ 86004. Please call 1-866-428-7511 for an appointment. Fax is 928-526-9240. Thank you to Goodwill for providing this office. Work Incentives Coordinator Gail Kenney is available in Flagstaff, Verde Valley, Show Low, and other Northern Arizona communities. Phone and in-person counseling is available.

Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona Spring newsletter is The High Country News and features their 2009 accomplishments and 2010 goals.  To find out what is happening at Goodwill, go to or call 928-526-9188.

Caregiver Support Group in Kingman: Call 928-692-4640 to register for the group.

Veterans Transportation Network: for Veterans with hospital appointments. Call 928-757-7192.

Route 66 Special Olympics: Call Cara Engstrom at 928-303-0773 for information.

Kingman Area Food Bank: 2930 Butler Ave., 8-1:00, Mon.-Tues.-Thurs.-Fri. Call 928-757-4165.

KAPCSN (Kingman Area Partners Collaborating for Special Needs)-Call Vicki Brewster at 928-753-8077 for information for families and for FAS (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum) Support Group.

TBI Support Group: call Stephanie Meza at 928-377-7373 for more information.

Self Advocacy Group: call Art Gode at 928-692-6449 for time and location.

Other Resources

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Information: DBTAC – Pacific ADA Center Hotline is 1-800-949-4232 V/TTY; (510) 285-5600 V/TTY; Fax (510) 285-5614. . ADA materials are available such as Access to Hotels Pocket Pamphlet, Accessibility Guidelines, the ADA and City Government, service animals, vital signs, sign language basics and more.

Just Vote Arizona Disability Coalition provides non-partisan information including how to register to vote, to find out about their legislators and other information important to voters with disabilities.  Their website is here.  You can sign up for the Action Alert Network to receive their newsletter, to find out what is happening at the state legislature and learn about voter registration. 

Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) provides news, information and events on their website and also on Facebook and Twitter.  Their Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program is still providing phone equipment to consumers who qualify.

The Association of Late-Deafened Adults
(ALDA) provides support for adults who have lost or are losing the ability to understand speech with or without hearing aids, after acquiring spoken language.  Their website is

Arizona Deaf Senior Citizens Coalition announces construction of the Apache ASL Trails Apartments in Tempe, Arizona, which may be ready in Spring 2011.  The 75 apartments will offer units designed for persons who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing.  Features include flashing light signalers for phone and doorbell, videophone hookups in each unit and in the lobby, loop amplification system and other design features.  Staff will use American Sign Language.  Advocacy services will be provided by Valley Center for the Deaf.  Federal income guidelines apply.  Rental applications are available at or call Katie Voss, Housing Consultant at VP 1-414-937-5903 or email her or call Judy Leiterman at 1-414-727-9902.

The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness has published a report on the Current Status of Homelessness in Arizona that is available on their website at

Seeking Research Participants:  Dr. Pamela Gibson and the JMU MCS Research Team are seeking people with multiple chemical sensitivity or environmental sensitivities who are currently employed or have been employed in the past while having MCS.  If you are 18 or older, they are interested in your workplace experiences.  The online survey is available at

Taxpayer Advocate Service helps resolve problems with IRS. call
1-877-777-4778; TTY/TDD at 1-800-829-4059.

Air Quality for Prescott, Cottonwood, Sedona, Flagstaff, Show Low, Springerville and Green Valley is at Air quality for Phoenix is at

Wildfires in AZ: – fully-accessible services, Advocacy, Information, more – 24 hours a day

Arizona Foreclosure Help-Line: Call 1-877-448-1211 or click here >>

Flu information: go to or or

Nannette Oatley’s book: “Pain, Power & Promise is available at our office for $15, with part of the proceeds going to NHILC. She will autograph your copy upon request.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2010 6:43 am

    This is some good information, I just finished my paper for school and think i may need to bookmark or save this for the second class lol. You may have just made me a regular 🙂


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