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Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living changes name

Center will also move to new office

JOLIET – The Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living has a new name and a new location.

Starting April 10, it will be the Disability Resource Center and operate out of a recently purchased office at 77 N. 129th Infantry Drive in Joliet.

The current office on Jefferson Street will be closed the week of April 3 to accommodate the move.

The new office will open at 8:30 a.m. April 10.

The new building is fully accessible, located on two bus routes and has better parking and visibility for visitors and newcomers, according to a news release from the nonprofit.

The organization’s decision to buy the building is a step toward its financial independence.

“As the organization continues to find new and better ways to meet its mission, it is with a fresh enthusiasm and sense of purpose that it is moving to its new location,” the news release stated.

The center’s focus will remain on offering valuable resources to people with disabilities. That includes living skills training, information and referrals, peer counseling, advocacy, transitional services, an assistive technology program for children and a free amplified telephone program.

“These areas of focus reflect where the staff can best use their expertise and how the agency can best work as a member of the Illinois Network of CILs to promote independent living,” the news release stated.

The organization hopes the name change will more easily convey to the public the services it provides to the community. 

The board, staff and Executive Director Pam Heavens will continue to reach out to serve more people with disabilities and strengthen efforts to offer independent living skills.

“Our agency looks forward to strengthening collaboration with community partners, as well as serving as a resource to businesses, municipalities and organizations seeking to provide and expand accessibility,” the news release stated.

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