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History

Liberty Resources, Inc. logoSince it was established almost 40 years ago, Liberty Resources, Inc. has maintained a position of strength, dedication, and perseverance in the struggle for civil rights in the disability community. To this end, LRI has taken on many different roles over the course of its existence–from attendant agency to an educational center for Independent Living skills, to providing the logistical support to social and political change-makers. LRI continues to directly improve the lives of over 1,000 Consumers in the disability community in Pennsylvania and across the country.

 

LRI Founded in 1980

January 1, 1980

LRI Founded in 1980

LRI was founded by a committee of Consumers and community leaders affiliated with Disabled In Action (DIA) who sought to develop a community-based Consumer-directed organization that would promote and support Independent Living for Persons with Disabilities….

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Established as Organization in 1982

January 1, 1982

Established as Organization in 1982

With an initial staff of seven, the Center (then known as Resources for Living Independently) was founded as a community-based, Consumer-directed organization, serving over 200 individuals in its first year. As the Center experienced program expansion, it amicably…

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Growth in 1984

January 1, 1984

Growth in 1984

RLI began to expand and receive grants and contracts to provide additional services to individuals with disabilities. RLI established contractual agreements with the City of Philadelphia to provide homemaker services and with the Pennsylvania Department of…

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First Annual Report Published in 1987

January 22, 1987

First Annual Report Published in 1987

Oliver H. M. Jordan, President of the Board at RLI, published the first annual report. The report charted the organization’s growth since its inception—from a budget of $200,000 to $1.5 million and staff numbers increasing threefold.

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Founded TIL and Moved in 1988

January 1, 1988

Founded TIL and Moved in 1988

Realizing the need for transitional housing for individuals with disabilities in Philadelphia, RLI began a campaign to establish a transitional living facility which would assist individuals to move from institutions and parental homes to Independent Living…

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ADA Passage in 1990

January 22, 1990

ADA Passage in 1990

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed and implemented beginning in 1990. Several board members were present for its signing in Washington, DC and advocated for its implementation in Philadelphia.

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Became contractor in 1991

January 22, 1991

Became contractor in 1991

Resources for Living Independently became the contactor for The Community Services Program for Persons with Physical Disabilities (CSPPPD). This is a program of the Bureau of Home and Community Based Services, Department of Public Welfare. Liberty Resources…

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Merged in 1993

January 1, 1993

Merged in 1993

RLI merged with another CIL located in Philadelphia, the Liberty Center for Independent Living. Following the merger, Liberty Resources, Inc. was adopted as the Center’s new name.

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Goals Defended in 2001

January 22, 2001

Goals Defended in 2001

Several board members were asked to resign over a movement to give representation to an area nursing home. Many staff and other board members believed the priorities of nursing homes were opposed to the Independent Living…

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Founded LHDC in 2006

January 1, 2006

Founded LHDC in 2006

established its Housing program to assist consumers to identify accessible affordable housing. This effort lead to the establishment of Liberty Housing Development Corporation, an independent non-profit agency.

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Moved in 2006

January 1, 2007

Moved in 2006

LRI relocated its operations from 1341 N. Delaware Ave., its home for 10 years, to 714 Market Street in Center City Philadelphia. In 2008, LRI acquired the building an attempt to generate additional unrestricted revenue. The…

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Launched Wheels in 2007

January 1, 2007

Launched Wheels in 2007

In 2008, LRI launched Liberty Wheels, LLC as a retail provider of durable medical equipment and home medications. Liberty Wheels discontinued retail operations, focusing its operations on home modifications.

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Launched LRHC in 2012

January 1, 2012

Launched LRHC in 2012

LRI launched Liberty Resources Home Choices, LLC providing a full range of in-home care services including, but not limited to, Personal Care, Homemaking/Light Housekeeping and Companionship. Home care services are non-medical.

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Growth in 2014

January 1, 2014

Growth in 2014

Liberty Resources, Liberty Wheels and Liberty Resources Home Choices serve over 7,000 consumers in Southeastern PA.

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Moved in 2016

January 1, 2016

Moved in 2016

Liberty Resources relocated its operations to 801 Arch Street in Philadelphia.

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