Nonprofit’s rebranding signifies transition

April 10, 2017
TRPIL, Transitional Paths to Independent Living, replaces the former acronym, TRIPIL, which stood for Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living. The new name and symbol represent an expansion of the nonprofit’s outreach and services.

A slight acronym change and a new logo reflect expansion and progress for an area nonprofit.

TRPIL, Transitional Paths to Independent Living – formerly TRIPIL, Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living – continues to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and promote independent living.

The new name highlights the recent addition of transitional core services.

“It’s an important change,” said TRPIL spokesman Chad Underkoffler. “Everyone transitions. We’re here to help people find their path.”

In addition to providing direct care and home modifications, TRPIL provides skills training, peer support, information and referrals, and now, assists consumers with transitions, such as moving from a nursing facility to independent living, or leaving high school for college or a career.

The new name also eliminates “tri-county.”

“We’re no longer just dealing with Washington, Greene and Fayette (counties), and we haven’t been for a while. The change is very reflective of what we’ve been doing for the past few years,” Underkoffler said.

Founded in 1990 as a satellite office for Three Rivers Center for Independent Living, TRPIL has helped fill a void for the people of Allegheny, Armstrong and Westmoreland counties since TRCIL closed its doors in 2016.

With headquarters in Washington, TRPIL recently opened a second office in Monroeville.

The organization trains and coordinates direct-care technicians who assist consumers with daily living activities, such as showering and preparing meals. The organization served more than 1,600 people last year.

Underkoffler said Washington has been a strong ally. His goal is to continue to inform people what TRPIL does for its consumers. He often encounters people who could benefit from TRPIL’s services.

“People say they’re already receiving assistance,” he said. “We can tell them exactly which person to talk to. We’re an information repository. We help navigate the system.”

The rebranding initiative was announced during a Thursday meeting. Members were enthusiastic about the modernized logo, which symbolizes progress for people with disabilities.

“We’re not talking about disability rights anymore. We’re talking about disability justice,” Underkoffler said. “We have our rights. We’re moving forward.”

For information about TRPIL, visit www.trpil.com or call 724-223-5115.

Natalie Reid Miller has been with the Observer-Reporter since 2013. A native of Burgettstown, she primarily covers Washington and surrounding communities. Natalie has a writing degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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