Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL)

Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL)

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“Our mission is to help disabled people to get jobs and medical services and do whatever they can do to maintain their independence,” Lacy once explained. Johnnie Lacy led CRIL (Community Resources for Independent Living) in its early days from 1981 to 1994, establishing the center as the premier disability mentoring and peer service center for people with disabilities living in southern Alameda County. After helping found CIL- Berkeley, Johnnie was encouraged to take over the helm at the newly created CRIL, working tirelessly to develop CRIL’s visibility and presence in Hayward. Johnnie obtained CDBG funding from the City of Hayward, among other significant donations and led a campaign that raised $350,000 to build the Hayward CRIL Center on A Street in Hayward – a project that was completed in 1984.


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