WILC is a not-for-profit, community-based resource, advocacy, and training center dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Illustrative programs are listed below. Go to the web site for a complete list.
MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY supports the empowerment of individuals with a mental illness, including those with psychiatric and emotional disabilities, through Systems and Peer Advocacy. It was one of the first programs in New York State to embody BOTH the Independent Living Model and the Recipient Recovery Model to serve persons with mental illness. Joined together, these two Models assist recipients to take control of their lives and actualize their potential for full inclusion in the community.
PARTNERS FOR SUCCESS is a Work Readiness/Vocational & Social Rehabilitation Training Program designed and developed by WILC to provide information and supports that assist individuals with disabilities to better understand themselves, to successfully engage and participate in the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) process, to obtain/retain employment, and to define and pursue a desired future, i.e., education, work, wellness, housing, etc. The Program is based on 3 key tenets – Personal Awareness, Personal Responsibility, and Personal Empowerment.
MINORITY OUTREACH works to ensure that Hispanic and African American persons with disabilities and their families have access to available resources and an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of community life. Services are provided in a culturally appropriate manner. Spanish speaking staff are available at WILC’s main office in White Plains, satellite office in Carmel, and Outreach Office in Yonkers. In 2012, WILC developed La Fuente – a unique coalition of organizations united by a mutual commitment to reach/better serve the Latin community in Westchester.
PARTNERS AGAINST VIOLENCE – PAV is a batterer intervention program based on Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Reasoning. PAV offers a 36 or 62 week cycle for individuals who have been convicted of domestic violence offenses and sentenced through Westchester County Department of Probation and/or Westchester Family Courts.