Welcome to the Winter 2015 edition of In Touch, the quarterly newsletter of Independence Now. Please use the in-page links below to naviagte to the various articles. For your convenience there is a "back to top" link after each article.

In Touch

The New Year

We hope that 2017 has been a great year for everyone and that 2018 will be even better.? Whether you have been motivated to make resolutions, paused to reflect on the past year, or just simply relaxed and enjoyed the holidays may you continue visualize your future. ?2018 can be a year of hope and promise within our lives, families, communities, workplace and even the world around us.?? It can also represent a time of renewed commitment to reaching goals as we all continue to live a fulfilling life, independently in our community.

Here at Independence Now, it is the hope that we continue to empower our consumers in realizing their possibilities in accomplishing their goals.? Whatever challenges you may face in order to meet your goals in living independently, we hope that our staff will be there for you in your endeavors.

May you envision the possibilities of your dreams and potential of your actions. May you give yourself permission to do something extraordinary and amazing this year.? Independence Now, Inc. will be here to guide you.

We look forward to assisting you in achieving your goals in 2018.

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Independence Now Seeks Success Stories

Independence Now would like to celebrate your success and share your success stories in our newsletter. If you have achieved success with your independent living goals or has successfully started gainful employment, we would like to hear about it. Please forward a brief paragraph explaining your achievement with a picture of you to sminnick@innow.org.

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Creative Cooking Class

The New Year is here again with its new resolutions and benchmarks?losing weight, visiting the gym at least three times in the week, and eating healthy meals. Independence Now is fully in support of your goals, and together, we will work to develop a healthy lifestyle throughout 2018 and beyond.

Thursday, January 18th 11:00 am ? 1:30 pm -- Caesar Brussel Sprout salad
Join us on January 18 for the Creative Cooking class, where you will learn how to prepare a simple healthy and delicious winter salad at low cost. Caesar Brussel Sprout salad is a favorite for most Americans, especially during the winter season. Come and make your own home made salad and desserts from scratch.

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Dinner & A Movie

Thursday, February 15th 4:30 pm ? 7:30 pm -- Profoundly Normal
Kirstie Alley and Delroy Lindo star in this inspiring DRAMA based on the true story of two mentally challenged childhood friends who, despite their limitations, find love and family life in the "normal" world. After their Forest Haven institution is closed, Donna and Ricardo are sent to separate facilities. But their dreams of marriage and family fuel their determination to find each other again.

Wild Rice Chowder is what's for dinner. This is comfort food at its finest, and perfect for that cold weather hump-day to help get you through the rest of the week.

Thursday, March 15th 11:00 am ? 2:30 pm ?Creative Cooking Class
Here at March Cooking Class, we invite you to join us for a deliciously fun and unique way to spend some time! This month we are teaching you how to make homemade infused water along with lemon pepper chicken and rice!! It's All About the Food! Always, a lot of fun!

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Housing Seminar

Thursday, January 25th ?1 pm ? 3 pm ?" Negligent Landlords & Rent Escrow"
When the law says that you do NOT have to pay rent to the landlord!

Thursday, February 22nd ? 1 pm ? 3 pm ? "Legal Help for Landlord/Lease Disputes'
How/Where to get FREE legal assistance to resolve landlord-tenant issues.

Thursday, March 22nd ? 1 pm ? 3 pm ? Waiting List Applications Clinic.
Get help applying to multiple PRIVATE housing waiting lists.

Contact Abiola Heyliger at aheyliger@innow.org to register or to request accommodations.

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Financial / Budgeting Seminar

Money Matters ? Thursday, February 8th - 1 pm ? 3 pm
Money Matters: Saving your dollars and cents presented by Guidewell Financial Services. Learn how to save for a rainy day and necessities that are important to you.

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Welcome to Independence Now

Tuesday, March 20th?- 1 pm - 4 pm
An open house for Service Providers to learn the In's and Out's of Independence Now Services. What we do and Don't Do.

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Women's History Month Annual Tea

March 29th - 1-3 pm
A Celebration of Empowerment and Achievement of Women through Adversity. Bring your hat and your tea cup. Must RSVP. Speakers to be announced

Contact Rochelle Harrod at 240-898-2184 to register or request accommodations.

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