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Heightened Independence and Progress,Center for Independent Living (hipcil)


Heightened Independence and Progress, Center for Independent Living (hipcil).

Supporting independent living for people with disabilities, hipcil is a nonprofit agency run by and for people with disabilities.

Its purpose is to promote full inclusion and full accessibility for all people, and to enhance the ability of every individual to live and work with maximum independence.

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2024 hipcil’s Summer Calendar Raffle. 
Congratulations to the most recent winners!


hipcil Gala

hipcil Gala

The funds raised will support our underfunded programs for individuals with disabilities and their families.
Location: The Elan
111 US Highway 46 West, Lodi, NJ
June 30, 2023
7:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m.

Summer Calendar Raffle!

Summer Calendar Raffle!

Certainly! The “In It to Win It” Summer Calendar Raffle hosted by hipcil is better than ever in 2024! Here are the key details:
You can win money and support hipcil at the same time.
One ticket buys you 66 chances to win a prize.
The more tickets you buy, the more chances you have to win!
There is a drawing every Friday starting May 31st and continuing in June, July & August.
Winners are drawn 66 times during the summer.
Each day marked on the calendar lists a different cash prize.
If you win one day, your ticket is re-entered into the raffle for more chances to win again!
It’s not unusual to win more than once!
The proceeds of the “In It to Win It” Summer Calendar Raffle will support the Independent Living programs and advocacy efforts that hipcil provides to the community. Don’t wait – buy your tickets now! Tickets and payments must be received at hipcil by Wednesday, May 29th. Names of winning ticket holders will be posted every Friday on their website by 3 p.m. Winners will also be notified by mail.

Need more tickets for yourself, family members, and friends? They make great gifts for birthdays, graduations, and other celebratory occasions. You can contact Jayne Jacobs at 201-996-9100 ext. 21 or jjacobs@hipcil.org with the subject line “Calendar Raffle,” and they will be delighted to send them right out to you! 🎉

Book Club

Book Club

Calendar of Events, Winter / Spring 2024
Dates TBD (always once a month)
March Book – Tom Lake by Ann Patchett
April Book – Switchboard Soldiers by Jennifer Chiaverini

AVL Group

AVL Group

Calendar of Events, Winter / Spring 2024
Secaucus 10 am (Meets at Secaucus Public Library)
March 8 / April 12
Jersey City 10 am (Meets at 5 Corners Library)
March 28 / April 25
North Arlington 11 am – 1 pm (Meets at 214 Ridge Road, North Arlington)
March 12 / April 9
Washington Township/Fort Lee 11 am
Every Wednesday via Conference Call


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hipcilNews Winter / Spring 2024

hipcilNews Winter / Spring 2024

hipcil Holiday Party; From the Desk of the President; Cooking Corner; Thank you, Maria!; Did You Know?; The Women’s Group; Thank you to all who donated; We’ll Miss You, Trisha!; Our Annual Meeting; Share Your Experience; Members of hipcil for 2024!; bergenPAC Arts Access Program; We Mourn; Calendar of Events

hipcil continues to grow!

hipcil continues to grow!

hipcil continues to grow!

Our donation program has become so successful that we’ve had to upgrade to a full-sized storage unit!.

Thank you to everyone who has donated, and we’re looking forward to continuing to distribute these needed items to those in our community.

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Access Not Always Equal

Access Not Always Equal

Stanley Soden of Long Branch was heading down Lowden Court to pick up groceries for himself and two neighbors in his apartment building. Despite the sidewalks that line Monmouth Medical Center on his right, Soden, who uses a motorized wheelchair, was riding on the street next to cars and trucks.

The reason? For Soden, sidewalks can be less safe than streets. At a few curb cuts leading down the sidewalk along Lowden Court, puddles and potholes have the ability to tip his wheelchair.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

988 is the new three-digit dialing code for the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Starting July 16, 2022, you can call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis.

Need a lawyer? We can Help.

Need a lawyer? We can Help.

Our lawyers provide no-cost legal services for eligible residents of Hudson, Bergen, and Passaic Counties.

Call (973) 523-2900 to learn how we van help.

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We serve people with disabilities in the New Jersey counties of Bergen and Hudson.


“I was so grateful for hip during the pandemic. They checked in on me and made sure I had groceries and was safe. Everyone at hip made me feel like I wasn’t alone – they are truly my guardian angels.”

Bergen Consumer

“I like the work you do. Everyone is nice and talks to me. You help me with a lot of my things and the other girls help too. I give the office 100 out of 10 stars. Thank you for everything.”

Hudson Consumer

“If hip hadn’t helped me with a new air conditioner this summer, I wouldn’t have been able to function independently and maintain my quality of life. Thanks again for all your help!”

Bergen Consumer.


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