CLCC was created to answer the question:
“what will happen to my adult aged child with a disability when I am no longer able to provide care?”
After a visit to the program, Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman said:
“CLCC celebrates and builds on Connecticut’s rich agricultural heritage at the same time it supports residents living with disabilities. With a focus on farming and environmental stewardship, the program is a welcome addition to Connecticut’s locally-grown initiatives, but perhaps even more importantly, CLCC provides valuable job and social opportunities for some of our most vulnerable residents. I applaud their work.”
The thirteen-member Board of Directors includes professionals in related fields, parents of individuals with disabilities, and farmers. CLCC also hosts five active committees and the greenhouse program, incorporating more than 100 volunteers into the organization. Volunteers come from a wide array of professions and backgrounds, including people with and without disabilities.
CLCC started in 2007 as a team of concerned parents and supporters to answer the question “what will happen to my adult child with a disability when I am no longer able to care for them?” In 2012, CLCC was awarded a $70,000 grant to develop a greenhouse vocational program. The greenhouse is the first program in the CLCC overall vision. The greenhouse has hosted many individuals with IDD, who have learned job skills that have translated to a multitude of fields.
In 2016 alone, CLCC hosted 115 volunteers, who worked in the greenhouse for a total of 2,118 hours. Twenty-four of these individuals have IDD. The CLCC greenhouse program offers individuals with disabilities an opportunity to become productive members of society. Many of the participants are high functioning adults with autism who are looking for opportunities to do meaningful work in the community. It is challenging for them to obtain supported employment, so the greenhouse provides a skills training program. The program currently serves individuals with Autism, Down Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, ADHD, and Asperger’s Syndrome.