The "real deal" on Western Resources

 At  Western Resources for Independent Living (WRIL) we believe people with  disabilities and the elderly deserve to live as independently as they  choose within their homes and communities and as a local, 501c3  non-profit, we have many different programs to help with independence.

Independent  living is about being in control of your own life, taking  responsibility for your actions, taking risks, and either failing or  succeeding on your own terms. It means participating in community life  and pursuing activities based entirely upon self-determined interests  and preferences. To support these goals, Western Resources for  Independent Living helps individuals of all ages with all types of  disabilities to obtain whatever services they need to preserve their  right to choose, and to fully and equally participate in society.

Each  year, our Independent Living staff provides direct services to  approximately 553 people with disabilities in 17 counties. The staff is  responsible to travel western South Dakota which runs approximately 263  miles east and west and approximately 250 miles north and south which  covers 30,540 square miles bordering North Dakota, Wyoming, and  Nebraska.  Our Independent Living Specialist serve Butte, Custer, Fall  River, Haakon, Harding, Hughes, Jackson, Jones, Lawrence, Lyman, Meade,  Mellette, Pennington, Perkins, Stanley, Sully, and Tripp counties and  have three office locations (Pierre, Rapid City, and Spearfish) in South  Dakota.

As an organization founded by people with disabilities  in 1987, WRIL understands the challenges faced by people with  disabilities. This motivates us to achieve immediate and long-term  solutions by assisting individuals with finding affordable and  accessible housing, equipping a home with assistive technologies, or  enhancing independent living skills.