Metropolitan Center for Independent Living

Independent Living Skills

Independent Living Skills Program

The goal of our program is to assist consumers to develop the skills needed to self-direct their own lives. MCIL believes that ALL people have the right to make their own decisions. Our IL Skills Program utilizes a "hands on" approach to skill development. The consumer meets with IL worker one on one and performs the task under the direction of the IL worker.

What are Independent Living Skills?

Independent living skills are those skills necessary to live as independently as possible. Such skills may include but are not limited to: housekeeping, cooking, time management, shopping, laundry, and budgeting. Skills may be related to social/recreational activities such as: utilizing leisure time in a satisfying manner, or knowing where to find appropriate social activities/resources.

Who Needs Independent Living Skills?

Everybody continues to develop independent living skills throughout their lives. Our program seeks to assist people with disabilities to develop new independent living skills or enhance existing skills. It is up to you to make the choice to live independently, to be responsible and to dedicate time to yourself and to your own goal/s and skills development. Think about what independence means to you. Decide ongoals you want to set for yourself to gain the independence you desire.

What does MCIL's Independent Living Skills Program offer?

Topics include such things as: nutrition/cooking, basic computer skills, budgeting, assertiveness, etc. In addition, MCIL also offers workshops and events each month for people to gain knowledge about various disabilities, resources, organizations, and networking opportunities to meet others.

Who do I Contact if I am interested in this Program?

For more information about the Independent Skills Training Program, contact:

Erin Henry
IL Specialist
651-603-2037 - Direct/Fax

or CSDVRS Video Relay Service 866-680-8370 or 888-577-2463

Classes and Workshops Current Schedule

Want to keep track of the latest schedule of classes and workshops here at MCIL?
Below are links to printable monthly calendars. Links will be updated regularly.

pdf January pdf February pdf March pdf April
pdf May pdf June pdf July pdf August
pdf September pdf October pdf November pdf December

(Updated for  2015)

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Most of the following events are held at MCIL’s NEW location at 530 Robert Street North in St. Paul.
We are located on the bus line, so please check bus schedules for exact drop off locations. Or call Metro Transit for trip planning assistance.

All events are free and accessible.

PLEASE NOTE: RSVP must be made at least 2 days PRIOR to activity. Unless otherwise specified, all activities will be held at MCIL
If you are interested in learning more about these and other events, please RSVP to Jenna at 651-603-2028
Interpreter or alternative formatted materials must be requested at least two weeks prior to the scheduled activity.

MCIL events attempt to be scent-free: Please remember to avoid wearing scented personal and hygiene items such as soaps, deodorants, shampoos, hair gels, lotions, “natural” fragrances and cologne/shaving products to MCIL events. This way everyone can have equal access to the services provided by MCIL. The Staff and Consumers Thank You!
We look forward to seeing you soon and often!
Click the following links to learn more about the particuar classes.

IL Orientation

October 6th & 20th, November 3rd & 17th, Dec 1st and 15th

Are you new to MCIL? Do you have questions about our services and how to get involved? Are you a professional or a member of the community and would like to learn how to get people you work with involved in our services? If so, join us in exploring the services and opportunities at MCIL. During this one part workshop, we will also look at the Independent Living movement and how it has shaped the way people with disabilities have changed history. Please note that this is a 1 part, repeating workshop. 

Living Well With a Disability

3pm-5pm :
March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th & April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th & May 7th

Are you looking for more balance in your life? Living with a disability can be a winding road. This workshop will provide participants with a toolbox of techniques and resources that will keep you on the path to living well.
Living Well workshop provides opportunities to:

  • Discover how lifestyle affects disability.
  • Discover how creating meaningful life goals can help develop healthy lifestyle. Discover how healthy living can create new possibilities. 

This workshop includes ten, 2-hour, weekly sessions that focus on healthy lifestyle topics. The Living Well workshop helps people lead healthier lives that reduce limitation and increase living fully. Join others with disabilities that are going through similar experiences and are looking for ways to improve their situation and live a life that they want to live. 

Working Well with a Disability

June 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th & July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

Are you just starting on your journey to employment. This is for you!
Are you employed and looking for balance between work and your personal life. This is for you! This is a peer-facilitated and consumer-directed workshop that takes participants on a journey of empowerment through goal setting and problem solving, Time spent matches personal values, Maintaining life balance, Dealing with stress positively and Stating one’s needs—Advocating! 

530 Robert Street North
St Paul, MN 55101  
Voice: 651-646-8342
Fax: 651-603-2006

The Mission of the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living is to assist people with disabilities to fulfill their desire to lead productive self-determined lives.