Our Programs

Independent Living

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SWCI has a team of Independent Living Specialist ready to support you to become more self-determined in daily life. All of our services are available in our 5 county region and are free of charge to you. Please call our office at 970.259.1672 for more information and to be referred to one of our Specialists.


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Southwest Center is pleased to offer Southwest Rides, a fully ADA accessible transportation service. For more information about Southwest Rides please call us at 970.946.0232

Nursing Home Transitions

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SWCI partners with the local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) and Single Entry Point (SEP) in all 5 counties to provide Community Transition Services (CTS) through the HCBS Medicaid waivers. CTS is based on the belief that individuals can live successfully in the community with the appropriate supports and services. If you have lived in a long-term care facility for 90 days or more, are Medicaid enrolled, and are willing to move to housing in the community, you may be eligible for Community Transition Services free of charge through the Colorado Choice Transitions (CCT) program. CCT provides assistance to help long-term care residents relocate into the community using available home and community-based services to support the transition. Please call Michelle Liemandt at 970.903.5993 for more information.


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Whether you are looking for your first job or getting a new one, SWCI can help. Our Employment Specialists work closely with transition age youth and adults to assess your interests and skills, support you to find services through the local Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and to find jobs in your community. Please contact our office at 970.259.1672 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Youth Services

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Our Youth Services program is designed to support youth with disabilities as they transition to adult life. Youth Specialists collaborate with local schools districts, the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and other non-profits to serve youth 14-24 with disabilities.

Come join our youth movement! SWCI is looking for youth to join our Youth Advisory Council to help guide our programs! Please contact Nathan Nau at 970.259.1672 for more details about this opportunity or to get more information about our Youth Services program.


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Affordable, accessible housing is an essential part of Independent living and can be hard to locate in our region. SWCI has updated local housing availability resources as well as a list of local organizations that provide housing assistance. Our Housing Voucher Coordinator maintains various subsidized housing vouchers provided through state and federal funding.

Please Note: We are not an emergency services organization. We do not provide housing and we do not distribute funds for rent, security deposits or other emergency situations. We can support you to locate possible resources as they are available in the community.

Please contact Shawna Butler, Housing Coordinator, at 970.903.5974 at for more information about our Housing Services or to schedule an appointment.

Low Vision

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SWCI offers support groups and individual training to help seniors and the general population with low vision and blindness live independently, remain active, and cope with vision loss.

SWCI maintains a low-vision lab to demonstrate assistive devices and specialized software at both of our office locations. We can support consumers train to use adaptive technology and help people with in-home safety/security needs.

Please call our Low Vision Coordinator, Lorrie Valencia at 970.903.5885 for more Information. Services are available in all counties and are free of charge.