Community Support

Building on individual goals, interests and abilities, Community Living serves over 110 individuals with an intellectual disability to live meaningful lives in community. To work, volunteer, recreate, and shop at local businesses. "Community Living" and inclusion involves not only the direct support individuals with an intellectual disability receive from us, but the support of the communities in which people live.

It is our belief “that all persons live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in the community and have the opportunity to participate effectively". Every day the community of North Grenville joins us in making this belief a reality. Every day, people are included and valued as employees, volunteers, team members, and friends. People go to work, enjoy recreational opportunities, contribute as volunteers, participate in faith communities and chat over the fence with their neighbours.

Through the volunteer and employment support efforts of Community Living, volunteers and job seekers are matched to opportunities and, if needed, support staff work alongside the new workers to help them gain needed skills and succeed long-term on the job. As a result, workers hold down part-time and full-time jobs, complete piecework and contract work, excel as volunteers, and have placements with businesses in order to complete training or work experience. We have seen our partnerships in North Grenville continuously increase and now proudly boast over 50 volunteer and employment partners in North Grenville.

Following their interests and abilities, people pursue further education, hobbies, and recreational activities in the community. To paint, garden, knit, bowl, play darts, swim, sing, learn, surf the internet, exercise, and cook. To skate, fish, take pictures, read, collect coins, dance, throw birthday parties, and simply to belong.

Employment Support

Job search, resume creation and update, job training, ODSP employment supports, job placement, job retention, part and full time competitive employment, work crews, shared postings. For more information contact Tracey Bennett, Employment Supervisor.

Communication Facilitator

A wide range of communications supports and resources available for people using an alternate way of communication.

Volunteer Services

Recruitment in search of persons to volunteer within our Association. Focus on strengths, interests and preferences of volunteer to match with an individual with an intellectual disability having similar interests. Search of volunteer positions within the community. For more information contact Nancy Fischer, Community Inclusion Supervisor

Leisure and Recreation

Support is offered for full community participation in activities that may be individual or group focused, competitive or recreation based, seasonal or annual, participant or spectator. The choices are numerous and opportunities to expand on your circles of friends is endless.

Education

Enrollment in continued education at local college. Volunteers to run basic literacy programs. Transportation is available.