Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program

The Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program (Z-H ILP) is a highly individualized, person-centered supportive living program that enables people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. The Z-H ILP staff takes the time to get to know each of the individuals we support in order to evaluate his or her needs and abilities. Clients receive training in money management, cooking, cleaning, household management, laundry, social skills and other areas. Transportation is included as part of this service. The Z-H ILP is a nonsectarian program.

Providing Choices

The Z-H ILP offers a range of support, from a few hours a week of direct support in the individual's or family's home to full support and supervision in the individual's home 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The individual may choose from a variety of supported living and residential options. JF&CS will assist with identifying roommates and housing as needed.

A Safe Transition to Independent Living

Through the Z-H ILP, young adults and their families can reach their transition goals in a nurturing environment. The IndependenceWORKS team will help the individual and his or her family explore and navigate the transition from living at the family home to living independently with supports. The IndependenceWORKS team has prevocational assessment and experience available to help the young adult prepare for the world of work. The Z-H ILP designs services around the person, rather than fitting individuals into an already existing structure.

When transition-age individuals are ready to move from their families' homes, JF&CS links them with like-minded and compatible roommates through the Moving Out Club. As roommates are identified, JF&CS provides supportive services to help achieve this milestone. Our families may also participate in ongoing Caregiver Support Groups and become more educated consumers of services.


Services are available throughout metro Atlanta and are based on the need and locations of the clients. We accept Medicaid and private pay. To be eligible, an individual must have what meets the federal definition of a developmental disability. While services are provided primarily to those ages 18 and above, community living supports are available to children who have the Medicaid waiver.

Job Opportunities

Our staff consists of creative and motivated individuals with the ability to serve the Atlanta community. These professionals make a difference every day for our clients. If your own experience is backed by enthusiasm, a customer-focused approach and a can-do attitude, then consider joining our team. You too can be a part of delivering our vision.