Options for Independence needs options for new location

<span><strong>LOGAN -</strong> A planned north Main Street development project in Logan is forcing the relocation of several businesses including one, Options for Independence, which has been located at 1095 North Main for 24 years.</span>

<span>They have until April to move.</span>

<span>“We don’t have any idea where we are going to go,” said Executive Director Cheryl Atwood. “I’ve been looking since the very first part of January. That’s when we were told we would receive a letter in April telling us when we had to be out.</span>

<span>“Then we got a call in February saying we have to be moved by April 30. It’s just  been a real hard thing to find a space that will meet our needs.”</span>

<span>Options for Independence is an independent living center, non-residential, which provides services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities to help them become more independent in their lives, in whatever way they need.</span>

<span>“We have different programs and support groups, we have a youth program. We have a program specifically for people 55 years of age and older who are losing their vision.”</span>

<span>The Center also provides assistive technology assessment.</span>

<span>“We send that information down to the state and there is a pool of money there that can be drawn from to help find what they need.” </span>

<span>Options operates a loan bank of equipment that is made available to the community. It takes up about 1500 square feet of space.</span>

<span>“It is so important that we find room that includes the space to make those things available to the community, we don’t want to lose that. We have a real need for office space as well as for the loan bank space need.”</span>

<span>Atwood said she has found spaces in the valley that meet the need, they just don’t meet the center’s budget.</span>

<span>“Among other services, we try to help those who don’t want to be in nursing homes to re-locate from nursing homes or to keep them from going into nursing homes, through community services and support.”</span>

<span>Independent living centers, like Options for Independence, are federally mandated and are found all across the country. </span>

<span>“There is federal money that backs up these centers,” said Atwood. “We also receive state funding through the legislature to support our programs.”</span>

<span>There are six such centers in Utah and more than 300 across the nation.</span>

<span>“We will figure it out and will make the right choice. We do accept any donations. They’re still tax exempt, the government hasn’t changed that. We’re hoping to get support through donations so that whatever space we find that we can make it meet the need of the disability community in Cache Valley.”</span>

<span>She said her greatest fear is being forced to cut an important program to make it work. </span>

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