The Northeast Independent Living Program, Inc. (NILP) held a successful Open House & Annual Meeting on October 22nd, 2014, at its' facilities in Lawrence, MA. Despite a driving rainstorm, over 70 people attended this event including NILP staff, NILP Board of Directors members, consumers, people from the business community, and more. The event included light refreshments, registration and voting for Board members, Awards given out, and the business meeting for this annual event. At this event, the following annual awards were given out to the following awards were given out to the following award recipients: The Community Partner Award - given to Dalia Diaz of RUMBO; The David E. Ray Award - given to Jo Bower, NILP staff member; The ADA Champion Award - given to Dr. Burton D. Pusch, Independent Consultant and Massachusetts One Care Ombudsman; The Volunteer of The Year Award - Carol Rebeenacker; The NILP Staff 110% Award - given to Zuleika Gonzalez, NILP staff member; and The Board Outstanding Leadership Award - given to Barbara Currier, retiring NILP Board of Directors member. Service Awards for NILP staff members: 10 Years of Service - given to Kevin Farrell; 5 Years of Service - given to Justine Carlton, Krista Brown, Keith Hill, and Sharon Sullivan. NILP would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to all of the Award recipients and Service Award honorees at this years' event. We appreciate all of your dedication and hard work that exemplifies NILP's mission, vision, and Independent Living philosophy. Thanks also to everyone who attended the NILP 2014 Open House & Annual Event. All of your ongoing tremendous support for NILP's services, programs, and advocacy is greatly appreciated! For more information and photos in regards to this event, please visit our facebook timeline and "like us" there. We greatly appreciate your support!