December 2, 2014 
In This Issue


As mentioned in my last newsletter, CNN featured ILRCSF's architect, Chris Downey, on the Dr. Sanjay Gupta Show! Chris and I can be seen going over braille architectural drawings in our new conference room. Some of you weren't able to access the link, so here it is again:



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Giving Tuesday at ILRCSF


As I sit down to write this end of year letter in our brand new, fully-accessible community center, I am filled with overwhelming gratitude. Thank you for getting behind our vision of providing a truly accessible Independent Living Center in the heart of San Francisco. This was a year of great highs and great lows. Everyday folks lost some important battles like Prop G that would've curbed evictions. ILRCSF made a triumphant move. The world lost a brilliant disabled advocate, Nick Feldman. One of the jewels of our new space is The Nick Feldman Device Lending Library (NFDLL), named in honor of our late friend, independent living advocate, and lover of technology. Nick was a role model to people with disabilities interested in making the most of the technological advancements happening around them every day.  It seemed fitting that a program aimed at providing people with disabilities with assistive technology designed to make working, studying, and having fun in the world accessible should be named after a man who so enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest.  The NFDLL never could have come to fruition without the generosity of our supporters - both long-time friends and our newer donors.  


The NFDLL has been one of ILRCSF's biggest successes in recent years. It has improved the lives of many in the Bay Area, including a veteran of the Gulf War, who I'll call "Kyle." When Kyle came to us, though he was proud of having served in the armed forces, he expressed that he wanted to make his future as a working artist. Kyle is a writer, a graphic artist, and a photographic essayist. While his status as a veteran provided him with access to the V.A. Hospital Computer Lab, it was far from his community and was closed to other local artists with whom he was interested in collaborating. Worst of all, Kyle wondered if limiting himself to working at the V.A. meant that he would always be identified as a disabled veteran first, and an artist as an afterthought.


Kyle came through our doors with an old laptop that was on its last leg. He had been living in fear of it finally breaking down for good. ILRCSF's Assistive Technology Educator showed him the assortment of laptops available for loan from ILRCSF's Nick Feldman Device Lending Library (NFDLL).  This gave him the opportunity to try several different kinds and to experiment with different software packages while he saved up to buy one of his own. Kyle eventually did buy a laptop, and he was able to make an informed decision about exactly what he needed. When we last met with Kyle, he was planning on applying for an arts grant for a community project and using graphics software to plot out a large-scale mural to submit as part of his proposal. It is thanks to you that ILRCSF was able to provide Kyle with the support and technical assistance he needed in order to take the first steps towards immersing himself in world of community-based arts. This is just one of the ways our new community center is changing the face of San Francisco for the better.


Please know how deeply I mean it when I say this: we would not be where we are today without YOU! I am grateful for the ways that so many of you offered us your support, even when it looked like we might not be able to make a dream this big, our move, come to fruition. And yet we did. Let this knowledge lead us into the New Year with warm hearts and even an even broader vision.




Ways to Give Back to ILRCSF This Holiday Season

Victims of Crime Resource Center


Established in 1984, the Victims of Crime Resource Center (VCRC) operates the State of California's confidential, toll-free 1-800-VICTIMS line. The VCRC also maintains a website ( that contains a vast online victim resource database and victim-related publications. The VCRC is mandated by Penal Code Section 13897, and is funded by CalOES, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services.

VCRC Services:

  • Statewide: Under attorney supervision, law clerks provide callers and website chat users with:
  • Free legal information about victims' rights and resources available to victims.
  • Referrals to local, state, and national organizations that can provide assistance.
  • Sacramento County: Representation
  • The VCRC represents victims on a wide array of victim related issues. (Note: Due to geographical and funding constraints, the VCRC can only represent a limited number of victims in Sacramento County.)
Service Providers
  • Statewide: The VCRC conducts free legal research to victim service providers.
  • Statewide: The VCRC also offers free presentations on a host of victim related topics.
  • Presentations can be tailored to your organizations' needs. Presentations can be in-person or via web conferencing. Call (916) 739-7055 to schedule a presentation.
  • Statewide: The VCRC publishes multiple brochures on a variety of topics, including Marsy's Law, elder abuse, domestic violence, and victim services. These brochures are available online and in print free of charge.

Contact Information:

Toll-Free Line: 1-800-VICTIMS (842-8467)
Direct Line: 916-739-7055

VCRC Fact Sheet 


Community Appreciation Day & Celebrating the Holidays with ILRCSF

Join us for the event of the year as we celebrate and appreciate each of YOU! We can't do what we do without you! 

-- Meet & socialize with other participants of ILRCSF Programs
-- Play BINGO and Win Door Prizes!!
-- Enjoy Refreshments & Friendship

Friday, 12/12/14 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

825 Howard Street, near 4th St
San Francisco

Please RSVP if you have not done so by Tuesday, 12/9/14 so that we can plan for refreshments by contacting:

Roland Wong
ILRCSF Community Activities Coordinator
Office: (415) 543-6222 | Cell: (415) 758-3415

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Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco | |
825 Howard Street
Street Level
San Francisco, CA 94103

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