CLCC Names New Executive Director

Creative Living Community of Connecticut (CLCC) named Patrick Byrne, of Bolton, its new Executive Director; Patrick began his tenure with CLCC in mid-March.

Byrne

With an extensive background in marketing, communications and development, Byrne brings enthusiasm, fresh eyes and a keen understanding of Connecticut’s non-profit industry to CLCC as its first full-time Executive Director.

Byrne comes to CLCC after serving as Director of Development for Family Life Education in Hartford where he helped the organization transform the lives of many vulnerable families and children in Hartford; FLE recently opened a Children’s Wellness Center to help combat childhood obesity within the city. Byrne was instrumental in the marketing, communications and fundraising efforts for the new facility. Previously, Byrne spent two years as the Communications and Development Associate at Hartford Seminary where he helped secure funding for two endowed chairs, was a crucial piece of annual fund efforts, and aided in numerous marketing efforts for the graduate school.  Patrick has also worked for the National MS Society in Hartford, University of Saint Joseph and Gordon College.

Incredibly familiar with fundraising efforts in Connecticut, Byrne is thrilled to be a part of CLCC and particularly the opportunity to build an experiential living community from the ground up for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Byrne is a native of Manchester, attended Manchester High School (2002) and has his degree from Springfield College (2006) in Springfield, Mass. Aside from his career, Patrick is an avid runner and founded Manchester Running Company, its 350-member club, and the non-profit MRC Track & Field Series; he also is board member of USA Track & Field-Connecticut. Patrick lives in Bolton with his wife Caitlin, their two young daughters, and one Border collie.

CLCC’s vision is to create a shared, inclusive living experience for individuals with and without developmental disabilities in an agricultural community, by focusing upon the gifts of all in mutually rewarding relationships. CLCC currently has offices in Manchester, operates a robust greenhouse program in Vernon, and has purchased 10-acres of land in Coventry, the future home of their shared living community.

Jean and Luis

Meet Luis and Sarah

Meet Luis and Sarah –

Luis and Sarah

Luis and Sarah

These two students are from the Polaris School in East Hartford. They had the opportunity to volunteer in the CLCC greenhouse, and now they are learning about the jobs at the Round Hill Alpaca Farm. The Round Hill Alpaca Farm hosts several alpacas which will be part of the CLCC farm when it is up and running.

Each week students come not only to see and learn about the alpacas, but also to learn and help with all the various tasks needed to keep the farm in good order.

Luis says that he likes to work with animals – getting to know their names and all about alpacas.   Luis enjoys learning how to use the leaf blower and digging the aged compost into buckets to bring back to the school’s vegetable garden.

Sarah loves to fill the feed bins and the hay feeders.  They enjoy feeding the alpacas treats and watching them in the pasture.

Thanks to both of you for jobs well done!