CLCC Receives Three Grants from Local Foundations
Creative Living Community of Connecticut is pleased to announce it is the recipient of three grants, totaling $11,500 to support vocational programs over the next year. All funds, which were received in October, will be used to support adults with developmental disabilities served in the greenhouse and on the farm property in Coventry.
The Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Fund, a donor advised fund of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, granted CLCC $7,500 to purchase supplies and materials for the Greenhouse Vocational Program while the NewAlliance Foundation supported the program with a grant of $1,500.
The Greenhouse Vocational Program serves over 40 adults with developmental disabilities annually through the work of growing and selling microgreens. Program participants seed, harvest, deliver, and provide other supporting functions for the greenhouse, which sells microgreens to 16 restaurants in the greater Hartford area weekly. Participants learn numerous tasks in a workplace environment where they are expected to remain on task, take initiative and hone communication skills.
The Laura J. Niles Foundation is supporting CLCC's farming vocational program, a new offering coming in 2020. The program will provide vocational, educational, and experiential opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities on our farm in Coventry. CLCC is hosting a CSA in 2020 and these funds will support the development, growth and hourly wages of those with developmental disabilities.