• Phone: (813) 375-3965
  • fkavanagh@self-reliance.org

About Us


Self Reliance, Inc. Center for Independent Living (CIL) is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization established in 1978. Our mission is to promote independence through empowering persons with disabilities and improving the communities in which we live. Self Reliance is a cross disability agency providing services to both children and adults with disabilities (regardless of age and type of disability) to identify and overcome barriers to independence in their lives. Self Reliance is an agency of last resort and there is no charge for services. Self Reliance is one of 16 Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Florida.


Anyone can receive information and referral services and people with disabilities can access services through an intake process. Please contact Self Reliance by telephone, video phone, mail, email or in person to schedule an intake appointment that is convenient for you. There are no charges for services but Funders and Grantors may have income, asset and residency requirements for the services they fund. As an agency of last resort Self Reliance does serve those in most need and have no other means to access programs and services. Some Funders may require documentation of disability and need and any person requesting the purchase and/or repair of durable medical equipment must have a prescription from a medical provider.

Office Hours in Tampa

Monday – Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Tampa office is located at 8901 North Armenia Avenue in Tampa 33604


Please contact Self Reliance Center for Independent Living (CIL) for information and access to services.


Telephone: (813) 375-3965

Information: TTY: 813 375 3972

Videophone: For Videophone owners call direct at (813) 402-0330

Meet Our Staff

Finn Kavanagh, Executive Director

Michael Yelapi, Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Services Coordinator

Sherry Rivera, Independent Living Coordinator

Michele Pineda, Finance & Operations Director

Shari Wilson, Independent Living Coordinator

Gary Martoccio, Programs Director

Deodat Jhoda, Volunteer / Peer Mentor

Betty Nieves, Home Modifications & Barrier Removal Coordinator

Andrea Crowley, Independent Living Coordinator