Independent Living Skills
Woman in wheelchair using phone and kitchen and preparing a meal

Program Description​

Independent Living Skills Training is one of the five core services provided by centers for independent living.  The Independent Living Skills Team coordinates weekly classes that discuss various topics relating to independent living, self-advocacy and self-determination.  Representatives from various community-based organizations are invited to introduce their services and supports and discuss disability related issues affecting people with disabilities residing in El Paso County.  Classes are held every Thursday from 10 AM to Noon.

ILS Team

Alina Arredondo, Independent Living Skills/Peer Counseling Coordinator

Alina Arredondo

Independent Living Skills
Peer Counseling Program Coordinator

Education:

Master of Social Work

Experience:

One year experience as a Peer Counselor and participated in the woman group at Volar CIL. Employed by Volar CIL for 2 years and have volunteered with the El Paso Del Norte Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for seven years.

Interests:

I enjoy singing, drawing, spending time with my family and my dog, cosplaying, and playing videogames.

Favorite Quote: “Life does not always go as planned, there will be times when you fail, but it is not about the failure but about how you pick yourself up.”

Leslie Ronquillo

Independent Living Skills
Peer Counseling Program Assistant Coordinator

Woman in wheelchair using phone and kitchen and preparing a meal

Independent Living Skills

Program Description

Independent Living Skills Training is one of the five core services provided by centers for independent living.  The Independent Living Skills Team coordinates weekly classes that discuss various topics relating to independent living, self-advocacy and self-determination.  Representatives from various community-based organizations are invited to introduce their services and supports and discuss disability related issues affecting people with disabilities residing in El Paso County.  Classes are held every Thursday from 10 AM to Noon.

ILS Team

Alina Arredondo, Independent Living Skills/Peer Counseling Coordinator

Alina Arredondo

Independent Living Skills/Peer Counseling Program Coordinator

Education:

Master of Social Work

Experience:

One year experience as a Peer Counselor and participated in the woman group at Volar CIL. Employed by Volar CIL for 2 years and have

volunteered with the El Paso Del Norte Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for seven years.

Interests:

I enjoy singing, drawing, spending time with my family and my dog, cosplaying, and playing videogames.



Favorite Quote: “Life does not always go as planned, there will be times when you fail, but it is not about the failure but about how you pick


yourself up.”

Leslie Ronquillo

Independent Living Skills/Peer Counseling/Transportation Program Assistant Coordinator

Education: 

Experience: 

Interests: 

Favorite Quote: