Open Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm
Our loan closet closes at 3.
We are the Independent
Living Center located
in Kingston, New York.
Founded in 1983, RCAL belongs to a network of approximately 62 Independent Living Centers scattered throughout New York State. RCAL‘s founder, Joan Gundersen, saw a real need for education and advocacy after an accident left her with a permanent disability. Today, RCAL continues to advocate for the rights and needs of individuals of all ages with disabilities.
The mission of Independent Living Centers is to enhance the ability of persons with all types of disabilities to determine their own destinies, participate in all aspects of society and contribute to and share their responsibility in community life. To this end, centers pursue objectives that address the personal needs of individuals as well as improve social and environmental aspects of their local communities.
RCAL staff assist individuals with negotiating systems – from Social Security to education – so that they can maintain their independence in the community.
RCAL recognizes the need to be there for our individuals and the community. As you are aware, the response to COVID 19 has required social distancing. RCAL administrative staff have been in constant contact with government officials at all levels and we are responding to all government mandates.
At this time we are still able to keep our doors open with reduced staff and reduced programming. Our building is closed for all community activities. All orientations and workshops are canceled and will be rescheduled when appropriate. All our support groups are canceled with the exception of our TBI support group which will be meeting via tele-conferencing. Our loan closet and representative payee programs are still open. Many of our programs have gone virtual. Please call us for more information. Also please call ahead if visiting our office in case guidance from the government has changed and we may have had to change how we are doing things as a result.
We look forward to returning to serving the community to the fullest extent as soon as possible. Until then, if you need anything, please don’t hesitate to call. Stay safe! Be Healthy! Make Good Decisions!