Rolling Start Inc. Blog

Living Well in the Community Classes

January 26th, 2021

LWC courses are back! Starting next Tuesday, you can participate in our special course to help empower you on your path toward living independently. LWC will proceed on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next three weeks. Sign up in our links on our calendar page or go to our LWC page to reserve your space. Lunch will be provided during your participation thanks to our partnership with IEHP. Sign up now to join in!

Ed Roberts Day

January 23rd, 2021

Ed Roberts was both an advocate and an activist.  He was a leader in the civil rights movement and championed the rights of people with disabilities.  He was the founder of the first Center for Independent Living and the World Institute on Disability.  He is often thought of as the father of the Independent Living Movement.  Ed advocated for his right to attend the University of Berkley,  and participated in the 504 sit-in held in San Francisco.  He was known for a lot of things but most importantly he believed in empowering others to become advocates and activists.
Here are a couple of videos on YouTube:

Brand New Year, Brand New Blog

January 20th, 2021

It’s a new year and we’re looking forward to the road ahead. The challenges of Covid-19 are still here, but hope is on the horizon. We’ve received a letter that the California Department of Public Health has expanded the phases of the COVID-19 vaccine allocation.  All persons 65 years of age and older within the general population will be eligible for the Phase 1A vaccine rollout.

San Bernardino county residents age 65 and older can register online at the County’s COVID-19 Response website at: https://sbcovid19.com/vaccine/locations/

Vaccination sites are located throughout the County at various Public Health locations, hospitals, and pharmacies.  Check the above link for the location nearest you. You can call the San Bernardino County COVID-19 hotline at (909) 387-3911 from 9:00 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

In light of this news, we see that our fight against Covid-19 will take a turn for the better as we gear up to turn the tides in our favor. Just as before, we are here to help you and if you need any help with masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer then we have you covered. Call our offices to learn more about how we can help you stay protected from Covid-19. If you are a person with a disability and you need help with either the website, transportation, or anything related to the vaccine, let us know. We may not have all the answers, but we will bring these issues to the county and get answers.

Spec-tacular Success

Gloria was in dire need of new glasses, and unfortunately most eye glasses cost a few hundred dollars, and she could not afford it at the time. Gloria approached our Independent Living Specialist and asked if we could help her obtain some affordable prescription glasses. The ILS was able to provide the consumer with a voucher for a free pair of glasses.
She has since obtained her glasses and was thrilled we were able to help assist her in gaining independence in this important aspect of her life.

Captain Mike

“I would like to thank Rolling Start for helping me become successful in the business world especially since I have a disability. They helped me to start a non-profit where I take people with disabilities out fishing and provide a barbecue.” – Captain Mike. Captain Mike also received computer classes to improve his computer skills and obtain glasses free of charge. “The staff at Rolling Start believe in me and have helped to promote me and my business. Also, Rolling Start has shown me how to go back to school with help from the Department of Rehabilitation, obtain housing, and reduce my gas and electricity bills. Rolling Start is a great environment for all individuals to learn and work on becoming independent.”

Rolling Forward

With a grant from the City of Hesperia, we were able to supply Karen with a brand new Rollator. She called back a week later to thank us again and was ecstatic and surprised by how much her life had improved due to her new assistive technology.

“Helping Karen maintain her independence was like getting a $1 raise!”

-Cathy, our Assistive Technology Specialist