Through Independent Living Skills (ILS) Training, we help people develop routines in their daily lives to create and maintain independence.

Interested in ILS Training? Contact us to schedule a free information session.

ILS trainers provide a wide range of assistance, from achieving major life goals like renting an apartment, to managing daily activities such as cooking healthy meals. We tailor our services to meet the needs of each individual, whether they are currently living with family or they are already living independently.

Our trainers work with individuals in these key areas:


Financial Management

Managing bills and budgeting, signing up for and maintaining a bank account and benefits tracking.

Job / Volunteer Prep

Applying for Department of Rehabilitation to begin job development, or finding volunteer opportunities.


Training on how to use public transportation or studying for a driver’s license test.

Securing Housing

Searching for and applying for housing programs or rentals, as well as finding roommates.

Cooking and Cleaning

Training in grocery shopping, healthy eating and maintaining a neat home.

Social Development

Participating in ICS social clubs, finding hobby groups in the community, and developing communication skills.


Want to make new friends through memorable experiences?
Check out our clubs and calendar to see what's coming up.



A movie and lunch twice per
month at the Northgate Mall


Board games and crafts once per month at the Northgate Mall

Excursions, Lunch and Self Care Club

Different location every month,
outings & events in the Bay Area


Meets each Thursday to play the latest and greatest video games

Art Club

Meets once per month out in the community for different projects

Advisory Committee

Meets quarterly to advise ICS staff on services and clubs


Open to all skill levels with new hikes through Marin each week


Bowling for all skill levels once per month at Country Club Bowl

International Cooking Club

Prepare and enjoy a meal from around the world once per month

Eligibility and Contact Information

Our ILS services are ideal for individuals who want to live as independently as possible. There are a few ways a person can participate in our ILS services:

  • If you are a client of Golden Gate Regional Center, you can speak with your GGRC social worker to determine if ILS training is right for you.
  • If you want to find out if you are eligible for GGRC services, you can contact their office at (415) 446-3000.
  • If you are not a client of GGRC, you can pay privately for our services through our Private Case Management program.


Still have a few questions? Contact our
Independent Living Services Director.

Michael Pinkerton
(415) 991-5300