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A Message from SAILS CEO/Development Officer
Kitty L. Brietzke, J.D.
Dear Friends of SAILS:
Since 1981, San Antonio Independent Living Services (SAILS) has worked to make San Antonio and the surrounding counties a better place to live, work and play for people with disabilities. In 2008, SAILS proudly celebrated another year of serving families with disabilities in San Antonio and the surrounding counties. SAILS mission is to advocate for the rights and empowerment of people with disabilities and to provide needed services to people with disabilities in order to increase their self-determination and independence.
SAILS is both a federal and state designated center for independent living. Staff is required to provide the following core services: advocacy, independent living skills, peer support and information and referrals. However, SAILS goes "above and beyond" by providing so much more to families with disabilities. For example, SAILS partners with the City of San Antonio, Department of Community Initiatives' Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program to provide free tax preparation services to eligible consumers. Interpreters are also provided free of charge to people who are deaf. SAILS partners with San Antonio's Alamo Area Council of Government's Alamo Service Connection program to provide information and referrals to people who are elderly and/or disabled. This important collaborative has been very beneficial to SAILS staff because resources are located more efficiently and quickly.
As mentioned, SAILS partners with many community agencies, organizations or corporations in order to host several events throughout the year. The relationships that that develop help SAILS with sponsorships for large community events such as this year's 20th Annual ADA celebration, SAILS Fiesta Picnic and our Annual Volunteer Luncheon, and 2010 Gala. SAILS believes in the power of community partnerships; we can't succeed alone and appreciate the help through volunteerism and financial support.
Finally, SAILS employs people with disabilities who are experienced and understand the needs of our consumers. SAILS consumers, likewise, enjoy coming to meet with the staff. Consumers know they will receive quality services. Their success is truly our success!