Yesterday's Dream, Today's Reality, Tomorrow's Vision


Welcome to the Catskill Center for Independence! The Center was established in 1987 as a satellite office of the Southern Tier Independence Center in Binghamton. In 1988 the Center became a self-governing not for profit independent living center. 

Over the years the Center has worked with thousands of people with disabilities and their families. We have assisted hundreds of businesses, agencies and municipalities to remove physical and programmatic barriers. And hopefully we have been instrumental in changing people’s prejudicial and negative perceptions and expectations of people with disabilities.

As a “Community of One” we are dedicated to serving all individuals with disabilities regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, lifestyle, or religion. I have the honor of working with an amazing staff who are passionate about our mission and about helping those we serve. As an independent living center at least 51% of our board of directors must be individuals with disabilities. Many of us who work here also have personal experience with one or more disabilities. That is, I believe, what makes us so zealous in our efforts to ensure everyone has the opportunity to fully participate in every aspect of life and community living.

Please join us in our efforts.  

Meghan Staring
Executive Director, CCFI

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Event Calendar

  • 08/04/2017

    Staff Meeting

    The office will be temporarily closed during our staff meeting.

  • 09/01/2017

    Staff Meeting

    The Center will be temporarily closed due to an agency Staff Meeting.

  • 09/04/2017

    Labor Day

    The Catskill Center for Independence will be closed in observance of Labor Day. The office will re-open on Tuesday, September 5th at 8:00am.

  • 09/06/2017

    Otsego County Council on Human Services

    Agency staff attend meetings with other local agencies to network about programs and upcoming events.

  • 10/06/0017

    Staff Meeting

    The Center will be temporarily closed due to an agency Staff Meeting.

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