Metropolitan Center for Independent Living

Independent Living Skills

Independent Living Skills Program

Classes to help you live more independently

At MCIL, we believe that ALL people have the right to make their own decisions and direct their own lives. We offer a variety of hands-on classes, workshops and activities meant to help you develop and strengthen the skills you need to do what you think is most important.

We offer classes on easy and healthy cooking, preparing for the Minnesota Driver’s Permit written test, finding affordable housing, finding and keeping roommates, art for fun and relaxation, meet-ups out in the community, and more! We also periodically hold workshops for people to gain knowledge of specific resources, organizations, disability concerns, legislative action, and for socializing and networking.

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

For more information about classes at MCIL contact:

or CSDVRS Video Relay Service 866-680-8370 or 888-577-2463
or Speech- To-Speech, at 1-877-627-3848 or Minnesota Relay at 711

What if I’d rather learn these skills in a one-on-one setting?

Contact Elina at the Advocacy Hotline - 651-321-8558 or

Classes and Workshops Current Schedule

 pdf Class descriptions  *Click here for Class descriptions* (480 KB)

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.

January February March  pdf April (169 KB)
 pdf May (169 KB) June July August
September October November December

(Updated through March 2017)

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Most of the following events are held at MCIL’s office 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, and we are located near two light rail stops. Contact Metro Transit for trip planning assistance.


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 Erin at 651-603-2037

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, fragrances and cologne/shaving products to MCIL events. This way everyone can have equal access to the services provided by MCIL. Thank You!

We look forward to seeing you soon and often!

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.