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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Assistance Available for People with Disabilities
for COVID-19 Related Needs
COVID-19 has resulted in people with disabilities having needs
that the Endependence Center may be able to address.
ECI Holiday Celebration 

The Endependence Center hosted its Annual Holiday Celebration on December 18th a little differently this year.  Due to the pandemic and limitations on group size, ECI held the party virtually via Zoom.

The party started with a Holiday Greetings video and you can access the video at this YouTube link https://youtu.be/32c2Hpr4v3Y.

Approximately 40 people attended and had a great time listening to music and playing games (Scavenger Hunt, Jingle Box, and Holiday Trivia) through Astro Entertainment. Door prizes were awarded and every participant that attended was able to get a prize that will be mailed to them after the party. Several of the participants mentioned that they appreciated that we could still get together and had a great time.


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 next training will be Tuesday, January 26, 2021, from 11:00am – 12:00pm.

Register Here

The month’s topic is Medical Preparation and Why Knowing What your Medical Needs are is Essential, presented by Cheryl Simpson and Jeanette Flanders. Attendees will receive a first aid kit for their emergency supply 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 January, ECI will hold four webinars on Wednesday, January 6, 13, 20, and 27. Everyone is welcome to join these webinars.

Register Here         Click here for information about these webinars


Virtual Youth IL Skills Training Webinars

During Tuesdays in January, 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