The Tasting benefits the Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program (Z-H ILP), which is a highly individualized, person-centered supportive living program that enables people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. The Z-H ILP staff takes the time to get to know each of the individuals we support in order to evaluate his or her needs and abilities. Clients receive training in money management, cooking, cleaning, household management, laundry, social skills and other areas. Transportation is included as part of this service. The Z-H ILP is a nonsectarian program.
The Z-H ILP offers a range of support, from a few hours a week of direct support in the individual's or family's home to full support and supervision in the individual's home 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The individual may choose from a variety of supported living and residential options. JF&CS will assist with identifying roommates and housing as needed.
A community integration specialist plans individualized and group community, social, recreational and volunteer opportunities to foster the development of social skills and promote community inclusion.
A Safe Transition to Independent Living
Through the Z-H ILP, young adults and their families can reach their transition goals in a nurturing environment. The Tools for Independence team will help the individual and his or her family explore and navigate the transition from living at the family home to living independently with supports. The IndependenceWORKS team has prevocational assessment and experience available to help the young adult prepare for the world of work. The Z-H ILP designs services around the person, rather than fitting individuals into an already existing structure.
When transition-age individuals are ready to move from their families' homes, JF&CS links them with like-minded and compatible roommates through the Moving Out Club. As roommates are identified, JF&CS provides supportive services to help achieve this milestone. Our families may also participate in ongoing Caregiver Support Groups and become more educated consumers of services.
Services are available throughout metro Atlanta and are based on the need and locations of the clients. We accept Medicaid and private pay. To be eligible, an individual must have what meets the federal definition of a developmental disability. While services are provided primarily to those ages 18 and above, community living supports are available to children who have the Medicaid waiver.
Support the Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program
You can support the Independent living program by making a donation.