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New Horizons Independent Living Center
8085 E. Manley Drive, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
Phone: (928) 772-1266
Toll-free: 1-800-406-2377
Fax: (928) 772-3808

In Northern Arizona, call toll free 1-866-428-7511

Website: www.NewHorizonsILC.org
Email: dhenderson@newhorizonsilc.org

New Horizons’ Transportation Service – Phone: 775-8870.

Please remember New Horizons ILC is a fragrance-free / smoke-free facility.

New Horizons Independent Living Center is now on Facebook! – We invite you to be a “fan” – follow the link on our website (on the lower left hand side).

Medicare News

Medicare and the New Health Law – What it Means for You is a new brochure sent to Medicare beneficiaries and provides information about new services and benefits.  For more information and questions, call 1-800-MEDICARE or go to www.medicare.gov.

ASL Apartments in Tempe

Apache ASL Trails is a 75-unit apartment community for persons who are deaf, deaf-blind, or hard of hearing located in Tempe, AZ.  For more information, call Katie Voss at 414-937-5903 or go to http://apacheasltrails.com and www.cardinalcapital.us/.

Yavapai Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Yavapai Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired has been providing services and assistance in Yavapai County since 1980.  Call 928-778-0055 for information, referrals, emotional support and technical assistance. 

Arizona Relay Service

Their newsletter, The Old Pueblo Relay Informer, will be available via e-mail and provides information about telecommunications for those who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing or speech disabled.  Submit your request by mail to AZ Relay Customer Service, 1400 W. Washington, Room 126, Phoenix, AZ 85007; or call 1-866-259-1768 (Voice) or 1-800-347-1695 (TTY); fax 1-866-519-8277 or go to their website at www.azrelay.org.

Appliance Rebate Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Arizona more than $6.2 million for an appliance rebate program.  This program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, is designed to help consumers make the switch to Energy Star appliances which are generally 15-50 percent more efficient than standard appliances.Under Arizona’s program, administered by the Arizona Department of Commerce Energy Office, eligible appliances will be Energy Star clothes washers, dishwashers and water heaters with rebates ranging from $75 to $425, depending on the purchase. Rebate requirements will be available to consumers in March of 2010.  Setting-up the statewide administration process with participating vendors is expected to take 8-12 weeks.  The program is anticipated to operate next year within a March to May timeframe or until funds are depleted. To plan for future purchases, a list of rebate eligible appliances is now available at their website or by calling the  Appliance Rebate Hotline at 602-771-1186.

What’s New in 2010

Social Security will not have cost of living increases in 2010. However, Social Security beneficiaries who choose to work can make a little bit more money and retain their benefits! If you are using work incentives with your Social Security Disability Insurance benefit, the Trial Work Period trigger will be $720 per month, and the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) figure will rise to $1,000 per month. Not sure what these are? Call us!

Your Ticket to Work with a Disability

When you began receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you probably received a Ticket to Work. Perhaps you stuffed it in your paperwork or even threw it away. “Who are they kidding?” you thought. “I can’t work because I’m disabled.” Or, “Why would they push me to work – so they can end my benefits?” Believe it or not, a Ticket to Work is neither a joke nor an attempt to push you off your benefits. It’s actually an opportunity that you can use if you wish. A Ticket to Work is a voucher that you can exchange for services to help you work – if you’re ready and willing. No one is going to force you to work. However, many people with disabilities want to work, but need some assistance to overcome barriers. The Ticket to Work provides that assistance. You can receive services through a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or an Employment Network (another agency that assists people with disabilities to find suitable work). “But hold on,” you’re thinking. “I’ll start working, and it won’t work out. Then I’ll have lost my benefits and my health care, and I’ll have to start over with a new application.” That’s not how it works. Social Security understands that the road for people with disabilities to go back to work isn’t always smooth or short. There are many work incentives to help people try out work, keep and get additional health insurance, and return to their benefits if one job doesn’t work out.

Gail and Melissa, the Community Work Incentive Coordinators at New Horizons Independent Living Center, are here to help you learn about the Ticket to Work and your work incentives. To set up an appointment for benefits counseling, please call us at 928-772-1266 or 800-406-2377.

Free Computer Classes

Free computer classes are offered on an on-going basis to the general public at both the Salvation Army in Prescott and New Horizons Independent Living Center in Prescott Valley. Topics include computer basics, as well as specific programs such as word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, digital photography and more. Classes are available on a first-come space-available basis. At New Horizons, priority is given to those having any disability. To be added to the distribution list for notification of either organization’s class schedule, contact Betty Byers at Salvation Army via maganda1326@yahoo.com or call NHILC at 772-1266. 

 Section 8 Voucher Holders

If the home you are renting goes through foreclosure, the new owner must follow rules according to a new federal law, Public Law 111-22, effective May 20, 2009 called “Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009.” For more information contact the Arizona Public Housing Authority at Arizona Department of Housing. Their phone is
602-771-1000 and fax number is 602-771-1013.

Pet Vaccinations

Yavapai Humane Society in Prescott has pet vaccination clinics every Friday for cats and dogs. For more information about the new Spay/Neuter and Wellness Clinic, call
771-0547 or go to www.yavapaihumane.org.

Big Kids Book

Big Kids Book resource guide 2009-2010 edition is now available, is free and contains a copy of the Little Kids Book.

Henry Willey, Jr. has been appointed to the Arizona Department of Health Services/ Division of Behavioral Health’s Advisory Council for Individual and Family Affairs. If you need help to advocate for services for individuals or family members, call him at 928-632-4727. Yahoo Online Support Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dbsahumb.
Website: www.DBSAlliance.org/Arizona.

CFIDS Association of America (Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome) has a new way to share information about CFS by video, photo album, stories. Go to wwww.solvecfs.org

Events and Resources – Local

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 www.azdot.gov/PrescottProjects or call the hotline at 866-751-2083. 

Prescott Valley Neighborhood News is available at the website at www.pvaz.net or call Lily at 928-759-3107.  Neighbor Cafe-to-Go will be May 4 at Prescott Valley Public Library and June 8 at C.A.S.A. Senior Center.

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; www.greendrinks.org

Yavapai College Adult Education GED program: Call 928-776-2320 or go to www.yc.edu/ged

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: www.azui.com

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.

AWEE (Arizona Women’s Education and Employment) Job Connection is held Monday from 10-11 at 805 Whipple Street, Prescott.  Call 928-778-3010 or go to their website at www.awee.org

Northern Arizona:  For Coconino County, the Coconino Coalition for Children and Youth newsletter is now available online.  Go to the website at www.coconinokids.org and click on resources, then on newsletter to view it.  If you want a printed copy, call their office at 928-679-7318.

Prescott Valley: Neighborhood News is available at www.pvaz.net, Facebook, Twitter or Nixie, or call Lily at 928-759-3107. Neighborhood Café-to-Go is held monthly from 8:30-9:30 a.m. to learn more about the community and is open to all Prescott Valley residents.  The next date is Friday, April 9 at Prescott Valley Police Department.  Town of Prescott Valley Good Works Crew will help those unable to maintain their property, call Al at Community Services at 759-3063.

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

AZ Attorney General Office in Prescott Valley:  To get information about consumer fraud or civil rights violations, volunteers are available on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Town of Prescott Valley Civic Center, 7501 E. Civic Circle.  Call 800-352-8431.  Their website is  www.azag.gov

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: www.NewHorizonsILC.org. Benefits counseling can be done by phone or in person.

For Disability Benefits Starter Kits go to ww.disabiltyinfo.gov. Social Security Online Services are at http://www.socialsecurity.gov or call 1-800-772-1213. Apply for benefits, AHCCCS, KidsCare and find other service programs at www.HealthEArizona.org

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.

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.Website: www.adapacific.org . 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.

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 phoenixvis.net/PPMmain.aspx. Air quality for Phoenix is at phoenixvis.net.

Wildfires in AZ: ww.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php

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

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Items Needed

Items needed for our Medical Equipment Program: We welcome donations of gently used wheelchairs in good shape.  Bring to our Prescott Valley office or call 772-1266 for pick up.

Items needed: MCS safe furniture; garden tiller, bunk beds. Also need MCS safe, fragrance-free roommates. Call Jean at 772-1266 X305.

Item Needed: Wanted a used, out gassed CD player.  Call Ann at 928-679-3283.

Vehicles, Lifts, Equipment

Electric scooter available to a person with low income, who needs an electric scooter and can’t afford one. Call Deborah for information. 

For Sale: Van, hand controls, power seat, lift, $700 OBO. Call Steve at 928-636-1302 or 420-2062.

For Sale: Ramp, hitch mounted fits on the back of vehicle with doors that swing like a gate. Call Cab Calloway at 928-775-4514.

For Sale: Van with wheelchair lift -1995 Ford K150 van, Body Style RVVN, fully equipped. Also 4-wheel mobility scooter $300, electric wheelchairs, large wheelchair lift.  Call Grace at 772-8182.

For Sale: Van has lift, hand controls, power seat, has new transmission, located in Prescott Valley. $500 OBO. Call Nick Hoover at 928-772-4392.

Items for sale

For Sale: Aerox Pro Series 22 Automobile Air Filter; Austin Healthmate Jr. air filter; Allermed, large square air filter.  Call Jen at 899-0992.

For Sale: several pieces of furniture, desk, table, etc.; Kitchen Aide mixer $60; Nesco roaster $50; other misc. items. Call Gail at 445-3461.

For Sale: Coude tip catheters.  I have over 200 Bard size 16 coude tip catheters for sale. Brand new, still in the box, $5 each or less if someone cannot afford it.  Call Mary at 778-6858.

For Sale:  Storm Series Torque 3 Power Chair with tilt, 18”x19”, light use, purple.  Originally $15,000.  Asking $3500.  Contact Betty or Lindsay at Prescott Mobility Store at 928-541-0120.

Housing and Rentals

For Rent:  Chemical free home, Williamson Valley Road area of Prescott, approximately one mile from New Frontiers Health Food Store.  3 bedrooms.  Call Gail for more information at 928-636-1616 or 445-3461 (leave message).

For Sale:  MCS safe block cottage on 10 acres in Coyote Springs, near Prescott Valley.  Call Faye at 928-717-4478. 

For Sale:  Wheelchair accessible home, Prescott Valley, built 2003, 2500 sq ft, 3 bedrooms/3 baths (roll-in shower in Master), great view from covered deck.  Call Exit Realty Far West, Dee Johnson at 928-772-9400.  MLS# 940982.

For Sale:  Trailer on 5 acres, north Chino Valley, pristine land, fenced, no chemicals ever used.  EI-owned for long time.  Can have horses.  Call Gail at 928-636-1616.

For Rent:  Rooms in MCS safe house in Prescott, $900/month.  Rent whole house for $1500 per month plus utilities; trailer site also.  Land for sale, 5 acres, in Chino Valley.  Call Gail at 928-636-1616 or 445-3461.

For Rent:  MCS Safe Porcelain Trailer in Chino Valley, 3 miles off Why 89, backs up to state land with wildlife, beautiful views.  Trailer is 6×18, full bath+living room, awnings; kitchen is a separate building set away from trailer.  All on 10 fenced acres rolling hills.  Good hiking.  Laundry facilities available.  Well water is clear and sweet.  Available 2/1/10.  Rent is $450 plus security.  Call 989-734-4970. 

For Sale: Comfortable, cheerful, 1966 Silver Streak travel trailer. Totally remodeled in 1985 for MCS woman who lived in it gratefully for 4 years.  A photo and details are available on the bulletin board at New Horizons ILC.

For Sale: MCS Safe house in Marfa, Texas; area recommended by Dr. Wm. Rea as top 10% for clean air and water in the nation. Built 1953. Ranch home, 2350 sq.ft.; 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, family room, living/dining, original kitchen cupboards and safe floor; all ceramic tile floors in house; has enclosed porch and garage. $215,000. Call 432-729-4729 or 740-815-4652.

Misc

Are you interested in a treatment program called amygdala retraining?  This treatment claims an 85% cure rate for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  The course combines several techniques to help retrain the amygdala area in the brain.  If you are interested in this DVD program, please call to put your name on the list. Leave a message for Jean at 772-1266 X305.

Person available to do housecleaning, odd jobs, and more: I’m available to do house-cleaning, errands, transportation and odd jobs.  Experienced, dependable, hard working, and have references.  Call Elaine at 928-925-5743.

Electric scooter available to a person with low income, who needs an electric scooter and can’t afford one. Call Deborah for information.

House Cleaning: Will do house cleaning, other chores and errands. Call Bridget at 772-8782.

For rental properties in Arizona: Go to www.socialserve.com

For current disability events go to the AZ Disability Post website at www.azdisabilitypost.org

Disability Law Handbook, a guide to the basics of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other  related laws, is available online at www.swdbtac.org/html/publications/dlh/index.html

The next generation of people with MCS: author will do pre-interviews, photos and stories of people with MCS for all walks of life, people who are homeless, people who have figured out housing, people with stories – 10 years later- a Continuation of the Dispossessed Project. Call Jean at 928-772-1266 X305 to get your name on the list for pre-interviews.

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.

eScrip.com online mall: Register your Safeway Club Card and other credit and debit cards with eScrip and each time you use the cards NHILC earns a contribution. Printer ink cartridges and used cell phones—drop them off at NHILC for eScrip recycling.

iGive.com online shopping: Link your purchases to NHILC, new stores each month.

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