HISTORY

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Creative Living Community of Connecticut (CLCC) began in 2006 as a group of parents with adult children with autism, siblings and friends wanting to help support a full life for their family members. In March 2007 it was organized as a mission team of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Manchester, CT. This provided the 501(c)(3) status required to apply for grant funding. In July 2007 CLCC was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Deaconess Community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for project feasibility and start-up activities. In September 2008 CLCC became a Connecticut not-for-profit corporation. In November 2008 CLCC was awarded a $70,000 grant over three years from Church in Society, Lutheran Services for the Elderly Endowment, of the ELCA Foundation to develop and implement a proposed Greenhouse Entrepreneurial Program, to serve as the initial step in establishing the envisioned farmstead. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) status was received from the Internal Revenue Service in February 2009.

Our initial purpose was to provide residential, vocational and recreational supportive services for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Over time the vision broadened to include not just a service provision but the creation of an environment where this mix of services can become a whole, integrated life-style. We now see non-disabled people not as paid companions of an adult with a disability, but as neighbors, friends, housemates and coworkers. The current mission and vision reflect the desire to create an inclusive diverse community welcoming the gifts of all members.

Much of our efforts to date have been internal, building our capacity and knowledge base to ensure eventual success. Activities in which the project team has been enagaged include:

  • Leadership development for Board of Directors and Committees
  • Conducted a Housing Needs assessment in Connecticut
  • Relationships and partnership establishment with community agencies and organizations, legislators, state and federal departments and agencies, educational institutions, and autism organizations
  • Ongoing friend and fund-raising events
  • Search for a suitable rural property on which to develop the Farmstead Village vision.
  • Implementation of a three year plan