FEATURE OF THE MONTH:
Save these Dates!
CRIL has several exciting events coming up over the next several months! Please mark your calendar and watch for details through emails from CRIL and on our Events Calendar. * July 31: ADA-themed Movie Night, "Finding Nemo" @ 3 Steves Winery, Livermore * Sept. 25-26: Disability Unity Conference & Festival @ UN & Civic Center Plaza, SF * October 18: "Heard It Through the Grapevine" fundraiser @ Las Positas Vineyards, Livermore * Dec. 7: Tips for Change fundraiser @ Gianni's Italian Bistro, San Ramon
- July 30, 2015: ILS/Life Skills/Benefits Workshop
- July 31, 2015: CRIL MOVIE NIGHT: CELEBRATING THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. PRESENTING Disney’s “Finding Nemo”
- August 1, 2015:
CRIL ANNOUNCES ITS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, RON HALOG
The Board of Directors of Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) is very pleased to announce that Ron Halog has been hired to serve as CRIL's next Executive Director. He will begin his tenure at CRIL on August 24, 2015.
Ron's philosophy of empowerment and independence for individuals with disabilities has always resonated throughout the organizations and programs he has influenced. He comes to CRIL from Ala Costa Center, where he has been executive director for the past 10 years. As the Executive Director of Ala Costa Centers, Ron was able to expand the organization both in service delivery and financial security. Ron's leadership has resulted in Ala Costa receiving recognition for quality services from Parents Press (3 years in a row) and winning the 2011 Bernie Graff Award from the Alameda County Developmental Disabilities Council. In 2010, Ron was awarded a 2 year fellowship from LeaderSpring, an organization that supports executive directors in the non-profit sector. In addition, Ron chaired the Providers Vendors Advisory Committee (PVAC) last year and is currently on the Executive Team of the Alameda County Developmental Disabilities Council 2015. He is also is a member of the Functional Assessment Service Team (FAST) for Alameda County. Ron's most recently developed service is the Ala Costa Adult Transition (ACAT) program for the Berkeley Unified School District. He negotiated a contract to provide transitional services in the community, instead of in classrooms, for high school adults (ages 18 - 22) with developmental disabilities.
Ron has served in the disability non-profit sector for over 25 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Recreation (with a focus in Therapeutic Recreation and Recreation Management) from California State University Long Beach. Upon graduation, Ron accepted the Recreation Supervisor position in the Long Beach office of Ability First. There, he ran an after-school program for participants ages 5 - 22 with developmental disabilities and a weekly evening program for adults. Within 3 years, he was promoted to Director of the Long Beach office. Throughout Ron's successful career in the non-profit sector, he has worked with organizations such as PARCA, Easter Seals Bay Area, and Mt. Diablo Vocation Services, in addition to Ala Costa Centers.
As a native of CRIL's service area, Ron shares that he is "thrilled to be part of a dynamic team of people who make a difference in so many lives. Since the signing of the ADA, 25 years ago, there have been great strides in accessibility and services for people with disabilities. But there continue to be barriers that, as a community, we must overcome. We must all remember that disability rights are civil rights." As the new Executive Director of CRIL, Ron will strive to continue CRIL's 35 year legacy of quality services and advocacy focused on addressing the unmet needs in our community. Ron states, "I embrace the opportunity to support all of the people associated with CRIL. I am honored to share my 30 years of experience in the disability field."
Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) is a peer-based disability resource organization that advocates and provides resources for people with disabilities to improve lives and make communities fully accessible. CRIL offers independent living services at no charge to persons with disabilities living in southern and eastern Alameda County. In order to become a CRIL consumer, an individual must have a disability or functional limitation and be able to benefit from independent living services. Everyone is welcome regardless of race, ethnicity, the nature of the disability or limitation, age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, immigration status, health condition or any other characteristics.
CRIL is also a resource for disability awareness education and training, advocacy and technical advice.
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