RICV invites you to join us for our 42nd Annual Recognition Dinner scheduled for August 17.

The event will recognize individuals and organizations in our community who embody the spirit and philosophy of

Independent Living. We are pleased to present advocate and author Jocelyn Dettloff who will share her compelling story. The event will take place at Pardini’s, located at 2257 W Shaw Ave in Fresno.


About Our Speaker:

Jocelyn Dettloff grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature. She spent the next few years after graduation working odd jobs and traveling around the world—Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Sub-Saharan Africa. In 1997 in Namibia, Africa, she acquired a spinal cord injury while sledding down a sand dune. She went to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan for her spinal cord rehab and has remained in Grand Rapids ever since.

Jocelyn developed a career in fundraising. She is the Annual Fund Director for The Mary Free Bed Foundation. She is an avid traveller, enjoys playing tennis, seeking adventure and being an eternal student of the lessons life has to teach.

Jocelyn is very involved in her community and is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities. She sits on the board of LTAC Arts, the board of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, is a committee member for the USTA Midwest Section and vice president for the Grand Rapids Federation of University of Michigan Alumnae. Her memoir, It Rained in the Desert: One woman’s story of spirit and resilience, tells the story of her accident and adjusting to life on wheels.

Tickets for this exciting evening are on sale now for $60. Call (559) 221-2330 for ticket information and sponsorship opportunities.

Resources for Independence, Central Valley’s mission is to encourage People with Disabilities to be in control of their lives and to live more independently through a diverse range of choices and opportunities.

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