Mar 13, 2020

Options for Independent Living Adjusts Services in Response to COVID-19: “Kindness can be more infectious than a virus."

Green Bay, Wis.- Options for Independent Living is responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic by adjusting the way it serves consumers and the community. Beginning Tuesday, Mach 17th Options' offices in both Green Bay and Appleton will be closed to the public until further notice. Staff will utilize phone calls and online communication to interact with and serve people with disabilities.

Sue Premo, Executive Director stated “We responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic by stepping up the connections that we're having with the people we serve, while at the same time minimizing face-to-face contacts. We are going to do our best to reach out and make sure that people have what they need in order to get through this situation. 'Social isolation' is necessary, but we want to minimize the impact that isolation can have on people's physical and emotional health."

Autumn Nordall is the President of Options' Board of Directors. She noted, “This is a time when our communities need to come together and reach out to people who may need your help. If you have a neighbor/friend/relative who is older or has a disability, ask them if they need something. Together, we're stronger than any virus!"

Options for Independent Living is a non-profit organization that empowers people with disabilities to live independent and productive lives. Our services focus on promoting independence and equal access to all facets of life and the community. We know that the lives of people with disabilities and the communities where we live are strengthened when everyone has the opportunity to participate and contribute. Services provided by Options are driven by people with disabilities; the majority of both our staff and board of directors are people who have disabilities. Options serves a 17-county area and is one of nearly 450 independent living centers throughout the country. For more information, call 920-490-0500 or go to