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Carolyn Grawi Press Release                                        

MEDIA ADVISORY:   For Immediate Release

CIL Disability Resource Center Announces New Executive DirectoPhoto of Carolyn Grawir

DATE:             January 12, 2018

CONTACTS:  Debbie Stanwood, 850-595-5566, Ext 20

Chris Walker CPA
President, CIL DRC Board of Directors
3600 North Pace Boulevard, Pensacola, FL 32505

 

Carolyn L. Grawi, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, ADAC

The CIL Disability Resource Center (CILDRC), a nonprofit organization, that assists individuals with disabilities achieve their goals of independence. CILDRC has provided services to the community since 1980. CILDRC announces the selection of Carolyn L. Grawi, MSW, LMSW, ACSW, ADAC as its new Executive Director.  “We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reported Chris Walker, CPA, as well as the CILDRC Board Selection Committee. “Carolyn will bring leadership and creativity to the Center’s programs and a deep sense of commitment to our region’s nonprofit sector.  She has served nonprofits at all levels in program, fundraising, executive and leadership levels, and has a breadth of perspective and experience.”

Carolyn will fill the vacancy created by the Center’s loss of Frank G. Cherry in July 2017. The selection was made after a national search and selection process.

Carolyn served as the Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living Center since 2014. She brings more than 12 years of service from the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living. During that time she accomplished a great many things. Notable highlights of her service and commitment include:

  • Ensuring financial stability and growing funding and private philanthropy
  • More than doubling the number of services provided between 2014-2017
  • Establishing and continually expanding the disability awareness and education program in district-wide K-12 schools
  • Tirelessly working to increase access for individuals with disabilities to public education, public rights of way, transportation, and voting throughout Washtenaw, Livingston, and Monroe Counties and throughout State of Michigan
  • Partnering with numerous businesses, governments, healthcare organizations, schools, and universities to promote inclusion of people with disabilities

Carolyn’s resume includes over 25 years of executive planning, social work, teaching, administration, communications and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector. She provides leadership and supervision to diverse teams; an advocate for civil rights; communities’ relationship building; casework to develop reasonable accommodations for consumers in employment and housing; department activities, training, presentations; provide educational consultations on accessibility and sensitivity to city governments, libraries, schools, transit providers, builders and developers; recommended and implemented policies in conflict management, and other issues.

Upon leaving Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, Carolyn remarked “I was fortunate enough that I had a long-running career with them,” she said. “I loved the time I spent there and I want to see the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living continue to do great things in the future. I am looking forward to my new role to serve as the Executive Director with the CIL Disability Resource Center. “I am dedicated to this work because it provides vital human services and cultural enrichment to our community.”

CIL DRC will host a Meet and Greet on January 30, 2018, 3:00-5:00 p.m., at 3600 North Pace Blvd., Pensacola to welcome Carolyn Grawi. RSVPs are encouraged to Debbie Stanwood, 850-595-5566, ext. 20 or email  cil-drc@cil-drc.org.  Any requests for accommodations can be made by January 26, 2018.

Center for Independent Living of Northwest Florida, Inc. (FEIN: 59-2288751) dba CIL Disability Resource Center, is a registered charity in the State of Florida, Registration Number CH130. A copy of the Official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352), www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com

 

 Mission Statement

To assist individuals with disabilities achieve their goals of independence.

Organizational Vision

Our programs and services cover:

 Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties

 If you have a disability and need help give us a call or come in, hours of operation are 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Some of our programs include:

Photo of CIL-DRC Store Picture          CapTel FTRI Phone         Picture of Wheelchair          Handicap Parking Information

Information and Referral:  Resource Library and Referrals to Community Services and Programs

Peer Mentoring:  One person with a disability talking to another person with a disability

Housing:  Referrals for housing or home modification

Advocacy:  Know your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Handicapped Parking Code Enforcement

Independent Living Skills Training:  Assistance with writing your resume’, keeping your check book, calling for transportation, obtaining an assistive device, etc.

Loan Locker:  Free short- and long-term loans of equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and etc.

Assistive Technology Program:  Short-term loans of assistive technology on a “try before you buy” basis; assistive technology assessments and training; alternative finance solutions for the purchase of assistive technology.

Florida Telecommunications Relay Distribution Center  (FTRI):    FTRI is a statewide non profit 501(c)3 organization that administers the Specialized Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program for citizens of Florida who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf/Blind and Speech Disabled.  FTRI is also responsible for the education and promotion of the Florida Relay Service.

Donations & Charitable Contributions:  Center for Independent Living of Northwest Florida, Inc. dba CIL Disability Resource Center, is a registered charity in the State of Florida, Registration Number CH130. A copy of the Official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352), www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com.