The Independent Living Partnership (ILP) was organized in 1989 to actively advocate for the Americans with Disabilities Act and worked hard to gain support for the bill prior to its passage into law. ILP was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1991.
ILP’s programs and activities benefit the entire community. They help us care for ourselves, our parents and grandparents. Through collaborative and cooperative partnering with public and private organizations, agencies and businesses, ILP programs and services help people lead more satisfying and rewarding lives, often in spite of significant health and mobility challenges. The life enriching programs of ILP help to strengthen and rebuild social networks, assist individuals to access needed human and social services, and maintain a more healthy and independent life style.
Through ILP programs, like TRIP, which was named the “nation’s best volunteer driver model” by the Beverly Foundation, and other services, individuals and families are enabled to have better lives. The efforts of health and human services providers are supported and strengthened. The business community has a stable consumer base for the sale of products and services. The medical services industry saves money when people can make their appointments and follow therapeutic orders. When a population is more healthy and self-sufficient, municipal, county and state governments incur less supportive and institutionalization expenses.
The nationally acclaimed TRIP Program is a “rider-centered” volunteer driver service that has operated in Riverside County California since 1993 providing thousands of residents who are elderly and disabled, do not drive, have no family to drive for them, are unable to use public transportation alternatives, and are unable to access needed health care or other life sustaining services without our assistance. More than a “transportation” program, TRIP reconnects the isolated and alone with their neighbors and communities empowering them to remain more independent and self-reliant and live happier lives. Each year TRIP results in more than 100,000 critically needed rides, free to riders, and at the lowest cost of any other transportation alternatives. Other communities across the U.S. are now regularly asking ILP for information about how they can duplicate our success.
The Independent Living Partnership works to ensure the independence and dignity of the elderly and persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers through education and access to empowering services and resources.
We are committed to the empowerment of older adults, people with disabilities, and their caregivers through collaborative and cooperative partnering with public and private organizations, agencies and businesses to implement programs and activities that motivate, educate, and promote the maintenance of a healthy and independent life style.
Communities and households where older adults and all people with disabilities can live successfully, with dignity and purpose, and with ample choices that support and promote independence.
To advocate for and help people lead more satisfying and rewarding lives, often in spite of significant health and mobility challenges, through life enriching programs and activities that educate, motivate, strengthen or rebuild social networks, and assist individuals to access needed human and social services.
A Board of 11 Directors is authorized to govern the activities and programs of the organization. Directors are elected for two year terms. Directors elected to the Executive Committee (consisting of a President, a Vice President, a Treasurer, and a Secretary of the Board) each serve in their respective capacities for two years. All Board positions are non-paid positions and directors volunteer their time and expertise as a public service.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robert Gorham, President of the Board
President, B.G.E. Industries.
Eula Robertson-Ray, Vice President of the Board
Retired Executive Director Network Systems, Verizon Wireless; technical and managerial experience with executive level responsibilities in planning, engineering, design, implementation, budget management, project management, network and information technology.
Edward J. Bowen
Owner, Ed’s Coins; Former Information Systems Management Specialist, IBM; Former President of the Board, Riverside Art Museum; Former Chairman of Education Support Program, Orange County Probation Community Action Association;Former Board Member, Riverside YMCA.
Account Manager, KMIR NBC, Palm Desert.
Kevin R. Dunlap
Consultant for Dunlap Consulting & Design Co.; Co-Author, TripTrak Software for Windows, Former Information Technology Officer and Departmental Systems Specialist, County of Riverside; Worship Leader, Traditional Service, Grove Community Church.
Regional Private Banker, Wells Fargo Bank.
Richard Smith, MBA
Executive Director, Independent Living Partnership; General Manager, TRIP Program; Former General Manager, KLOA Radio; Former Branch Administrator, First Federal Savings and Loan; Former Director of Marketing, First Federal Savings and Loan; Former Trustee, The Beverly Foundation.
MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL
The Council is an informal resource for helping ILP achieve its mission. Its members consist of community, business, civic and social leaders who serve as a source of ideas and expertise.
Lynn Daucher, Former Director, California Department of Aging; Former Assemblywoman, California State Assembly; Former member of Independent Living Partnership Board of Directors
Mike Denholz, Owner, ALLPRINTUSA
George F. Dickerman, Elder Law Attorney; Former member of Independent Living Partnership Board of Directors
Moira Fordyce, MD, Adjunct Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine; Former member of Independent Living Partnership Board of Directors
Gary Kelley, Liaison at Hospice of the Valleys
Mike and Suzi Robitzer
Gerardo Sanabria, City of Corona Public Works, Transportation
Gloria J. Sanchez, President, Riverside County Foundation on Aging
Chris Stone, Former member of Independent Living Partnership Board of Directors
Leo Sullivan, Former member: Palm Desert Housing Committee, Riverside County Office on Aging Advisory Council, California Senior Legislature, RSVP Advisory Council
Lois Tomlinson, CPA
Edward Walsh, Retired, former Director of Riverside County Office on Aging
If you would like to join the ILP President’s Council, please contact us.