A Message from the Program Director

What makes our program so special?  The answer may be as simple as L-O-V-E.  Many  of our employees have been at IPI since the early days.  Over the past year each of our dedicated staff members has taken Sensitivity and Cultural Diversity classes allowing us to better connect with our members.  We have developed great relationships in the community, with family members, and with each other.

Our agency receives its basic funding from the good state of Arizona.  As we are a nonprofit agency, people have opened their hearts and offered whatever they could.  Some offered us items such as food or clothing.

Others may have volunteered for special events or given us a price break.  And there are those who donated money or approved a grant.  Still others may have shared ideas, explained directions, or just given us a kind word when we were out in the community.

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone; but, the appreciation we have for each other and our community partners never expires.

Happy Valentine’s Day- all year long!

Sharyl Torres



6th Annual Bowl-a-thon

Our 6th Annual Bowl-a-thon will be on Saturday, May 4th.  Every year the bowl-a-thon grows and brings in more money for our organization.  Come join in the fun and help Independence Plus to continue it’s great programs!  Participant who brings in the most pledge money gets an original signed 16 x 24″ fine art photo canvas print.  You do not need to physically bowl to win this grand prize.  Just go out and ask family members and friends to donate to our cause.  On the day of the event, you turn in your pledge sheet and monies collected have someone else turn it in for you. Plenty of door prizes will be handed out during the bowl-a-thon.  When everyone is finished bowling, $100 cash prize for  the highest score will be announced.  Winner for 50-50 raffle will also be picked.  You do not need to participate or be in attendance at the bowl-a-thon to participate  in the 50-50 raffle.  Good luck everybody!

Arizona Gives Day 2019

Arizona Gives Day returns on April 2, 2019.   24 hours of giving benefits our local nonprofits and strengthens our community. The event will inspire people to give generously.    PLEASE MAKE INDEPENDENCE PLUS ONE OF YOUR PRIORITIES .  Do not forget: receive up to $400 Arizona state dollar for dollar tax credit per individual or $800 for married couple (filing jointly) when you donate by tax time.  Donate $400 by April 15, 2019 and you can still receive $400 dollar for dollar tax credit on Az State taxes for 2018 or apply it towards your 2019 tax return..

Welcome To Our New Members!

* Only Members with Photo Release can be included in our newsletters.

Over the last 2 months Independence Plus participated in outreach events.  Our Associate Director, Dr. Greg, gave a power point presentation to transition coordinators at Phoenix College and another presentation to coordinators and families at North Phoenix High School. Increased exposure means more tours and ultimately more members we can serve!

February 2019 we received grant money from the Sundt and Allstate Foundations.  Sundt’s check in the amount of $1,800 arrived on Valentines Day!  A check for $1,000 arrived from The Allstate Foundation later in the month.  We can now go ahead and purchase the heavy duty electric hoyer lift for our center and help pay towards our van repair bills.   THANK YOU SUNDT AND ALLSTATE FOUNDATIONS!!