November 2022 Director’s Corner: A New Dawn in 2023

Editor’s note: A version of this story appears in the November 2022 LIFTT Connection Newsletter. You can download the newsletter here (Adobe PDF) 

Thanks to our devoted grantors, team, consumers, board members, and the community, LIFTT experienced positive growth during 2022. We’re now a Center for Independent Living and Public Health (CILPH), have become fully electronic/digital, and are on the verge of launching an aggressive outreach program to serve all eighteen counties of our service area fully. We plan to expand our presence in all counties of our service area including the Native American reservations,  recruit and retain new talent, and make our operations more sustainable through new public and private funding.

As we expand our operations, LIFTT’s team and consumers have become more vibrant and optimistic, a mood reflected in their enthusiasm over LIFTT’s new programs and projects, such as our new ADA-accessible website and APP launched in 2022. We believe a new dawn is breaking over LIFTT because we have overcome the notion that barriers could never be removed. I have maintained that in 2023 I will continue to inspire and promote change, strong enough to break through barriers that prevent independent living from becoming a concrete reality.

In 2023, LIFTT will continue to foster the independent living and public health of the disabled community. LIFTT will be at the forefront of Montana’s independent living, disability rights and advocacy, personal care assistance, and transitions, It is in the same spirit that LIFTT is now set to contribute even more positively to independent living in collaboration with the other Montana CILs and organizations. In our age, no single organization can promote independent living by itself and solve the challenges the disabled community faces without supporting one another.

LIFTT has pledged that in 2023 we will continue to fulfill our mission and vision, work for the revival of the independent living movement, increase Montana’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and promote the peace, happiness, and prosperity of our community.

We wish you happy holidays!

Carlos Rahmalho, Executive Director of LIFTT 

About Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow (LIFTT): LIFTT is a Montana 501(c)3 corporation organized as a Center for Independent Living (CIL). With team members based in Billings, Glendive, and Red Lodge, LIFTT provides people with disabilities with programs and services that help empower them to break down the physical, bureaucratic, and cultural barriers that prevent them from being fully independent participants in their lives and communities throughout 18 counties in southeastern and southcentral Montana: Big Horn, Carbon, Carter, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, Golden Valley, McCone, Musselshell, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Stillwater, Wibaux, and Yellowstone. For more information, please visit or download our mobile app on Apple or Google Play. You can donate to LIFTT by clicking here.