The Endependence Center will re-open on Monday, September 17 at 9am. Movie Monday has been cancelled for Monday, 9/17


Nichole Davis

Nichole Davis

It is the Board’s pleasure to announce that Nichole Davis has been selected as the Executive Director for the Endependence Center as a replacement for Steve who, as you know, is retiring. Nichole has moved her family to Virginia Beach from Georgia and is excited to start her work here at ECI. Nichole served as the Executive Director of Access2 Independence, a Center for Independent Living in Columbus, Georgia for eight years. While at the Center, she was a strong advocate for public transportation and educational advocacy issues. She took a leadership role with the Southeast Center Directors Association where CILS in that region of the country come together to share resources and pursue advocacy projects. Nichole attended Columbus State University where she majored in psychology. She wrote a curriculum that was utilized in the school system to train students of all ages regarding disability rights and awareness. Join us in welcoming Nichole as we look forward to her becoming part of the ECI family this month.
Mike Wang, ECI President
This summer has been a very difficult time for the families and friends of two individuals we all know very well who passed away.
Sam Painter and Jonathan Pope were active ECI Board Members and in many ways were very much alike. Both Jonathan and Sam had a very positive outlook on life and others enjoyed being around them. Both are often described as gentle, caring men always with a smile on their face. They loved to attend as many ECI functions as possible including group meetings, holiday parties, picnics, as well as Board Meetings. They both were very active in their advocacy work speaking at city council meetings and meeting with State legislators on behalf of the disability community. ECI first became aware of Sam while he was living in a nursing facility. We assisted him in moving back into the community where he resided with his wife and family. Sam had a special interest in assistive technology and transportation services for people with disabilities. Jonathan lived at home with his parents and family where he had a very strong relationship. He loved doing activities with his family. Jonathan was especially interested in sporting events such as basketball and football, and enjoyed weight lifting and wheelchair sports.
We will all remember them as people who lived life to the fullest. We celebrate the life they lived and influence they had on others.
Endependence Center
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Endependence Center, Inc.
6300 E Virginia Beach Blvd in Norfolk

You are invited to an Open House for high school students, young adults under 25, families, school transition staff, and other community service providers to come and meet some of our staff. 

This event will focus on the services and support ECI has to offer for young adults with disabilities who are working on transitioning into the community. 

We will provide information on employment, vocational services, social security benefit counseling, housing, transportation, Medicaid and post-secondary education.

Please join us to learn more about ECI and what we can do to help bring community success for youth with disabilities.

For further information, contact Cheryl Ward at 757-351-1585 or cward@endependence.org.

Group for People Living in a Nursing Facility
Thursday, September 20, 2018 ~~ 1:00pm to 2:30pm at ECI
This is a group that is ONLY for people who currently live in Nursing Facilities.
We will be discussing issues relating to your rights while you are living in a nursing facility, issues relating to moving out of the nursing facility and how to use paratransit services. You will be able to network with others who live in a nursing facility. We will cover topics  to help you reach your goals. For further information about this group or transportation, please call Rena Lewis at (757) 351-1578 or Travis Webb at (757) 351-1574. Bus tickets and para-transit tickets will be provided to this event.