ECI’s Operational Plan during COVID-19

ECI recognizes the seriousness and effect that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) can have on people we work with. So that ECI staff and participants stay safe, we have established the following operational plan.
  • ECI’s office will not be open for scheduled appointments until Virginia returns to Phase 3.
  • ECI staff continue to be available by phone and e-mail, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.
  • ECI will not be holding any in-person group activities and participant-led events ECI until further notice.
  • ECI’s Facebook page, website, and newsletter will be updated to reflect this policy and any changes.
  • ECI will be closed Wednesday, 11/25 at 1pm, Thursday, 11/26, and Friday, 11/27 in observance of Thanksgiving.
  • ECI will be closed Wednesday, 12/23, Thursday, 12/24, and Friday, 12/25 in observance of Christmas.
  • ECI will be closed Thursday, 12/31, and Friday, 1/1/21 in observance of New Years’.

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Participant Holiday Celebration 

It is with a heavy heart that ECI will need to postpone this year’s Participant Holiday Celebration. We are looking to have a celebration next year. At this time, with COVID-19 being transmitted by person-to-person contact, it did not seem safe to throw a party. We understand that this is very disappointing. 

ECI Virtual Holiday Celebration
December 18, 2020
11:00am – 1:00pm

ECI plans to make this as fun and interactive as possible. We will have door prizes, and ECI plans to show a holiday video in which we compile various Holiday greetings from all of you. If you would like your Holiday Greeting included in this video, please text your video to (757) 510-2772 or email it to Ecinorf@endependence.org.

We understand that we will celebrate the holidays a little differently this year, but we hope that those who want to participate will register. We look forward to seeing everyone on December 18, 2020.

Register Here for the Celebration

If this is something, you want to participate in or are having difficulty registering,  call Amy Ouellette at 351-1597 for more information or assistance with registering for the Holiday Celebration. 


Tips on How to Use Zoom

This YouTube video demonstrates how to use Zoom. Click here to watch the video


Emergency Preparedness Training Series

Disasters are never expected or wanted, but a way to ensure that you can handle it is to be prepared for when they come. That way, when the emergency is over, you can see the rainbow that will surely follow.

To help prepare for that, ECI is launching monthly virtual ILS classes that will cover various topics that will help you prepare for the emergency that may occur, such as a pandemic, hurricane, fire, and tornado. All those who attend will be mailed an item that will help you prepare your own Emergency Supply Kit.

The third training will be Tuesday, December 29, 2020, from 11:00am – 12:00pm.

Register Here

The month’s topic is PPE: What is it, and Why is it Needed?, presented by Cheryl Simpson and Jeanette Flanders. Attendees will receive three facemasks for their kit.

The class meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 11am to 12pm. Call Jeanette Flanders at 351-1570 for more information, and she can assist you with registering for the class.  


Virtual Independent Living Skills
Training Webinars
During December, ECI will hold three webinars on Wednesday, December 2, 9, and 16. Everyone is welcome to join these webinars.

Register Here         Click here for information about these webinars.


Virtual Youth IL Skills Training Webinars

During December, ECI hosts Youth IL Skills Training for youth between the ages of 17-24 and who use ECI services. Click here for information about this training series.