June 2024

Empowering people with disabilities to lead independent and inclusive lives in the community.

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A Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

It is hard to believe it has been a year since we relocated our offices to Walnut Hills. Relocating was the first step in my personal vision for the organization. Over the past year, our board and staff have continued to look at other opportunities to better communicate our mission and reach more people with disabilities in the community. 


We identified the need for building an alliance between our consumers, our organization, and the community. Over the last year, our staff responded to over three hundred inquiries from consumers looking for services or resources in the community. We provided self-directed services to 395 consumers in Southwestern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Our board welcomed three new volunteer board members to contribute to the organization's growth, sustainability, and impact within the community.

We expanded our outreach efforts to reach unserved and underserved populations, and we distributed a needs assessment to better understand people with disabilities’ quality of life and access to services. We embraced the diversity of people with disabilities and advocated for equality and inclusion for all. 


We have accomplished so much over the past year, but there continues to be a growing need for services that assist people with disabilities to live independently in the community. We are excited about changes that are coming in the next few months that will enhance our mission to empower people with disabilities to lead independent and inclusive lives in the community. 


I appreciate hearing your stories of success and encourage you to share how our services have assisted you to live independently.  Please feel free to contact me by phone at 513-338-5100, or by email.  


I wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable summer.

Rob Festenstein

Executive Director


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WELCOME to our newest board member, Alen Amini. Alen is a management consultant with experience in education, government, small business, and nonprofit leadership. Alen will be serving as the Board Treasurer. Learn more about Alen here.

CILO is seeking candidates for two part-time positions on our core services team. For the full description, qualifications, and how to apply, click on each position:

Youth Transition Services Specialist

Information & Referral Specialist

CILO is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a team that

reflects the diversity of our community.


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The Abilities At Bat Day at the Great American Ball Park highlights and celebrates people of all abilities in our community while building awareness of disability services. Fun giveaways, pregame ceremonies, an on-field parade, select seating, and a ceremonial pitch will make it a day to remember! Do you have your Abilities At Bat tickets yet? Buy your discounted tickets now to receive a custom drawstring bag ($35 value) and a Graham Ashcraft bobblehead. A portion of your ticket purchase will support us when you select CILO during checkout.

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Join us in congratulating the following employees on their 10-year anniversaries with CILO!

Lisa Beane, Kentucky Housing Coordinator

Anthony Jenkins, Gallery Assistant

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Jazzed About Art

benefiting Art Beyond Boundaries

This annual event continues to be one of the premiere fusions of

art featuring local visual and musical artists creatively collaborating for a cause! Tickets include music from Art Gore & The Jazz Knights with dinner catered by Ollie's Trolley, and valet parking. The fun includes a Bourbon Pull and a fabulous raffle.

Friday, November 8, 2024

6:00 - 10:00pm

Woodward Theater, 1404 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tickets $75 per person

Purchase tickets at Woodward Theater or Art Beyond Boundaries

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