Nick and Ben

Do you have a sibling?

It is said that the bond between siblings is like none other. Siblings typically have the longest relationships throughout a lifetime and communicate in unique ways because of that longevity.

Clara Ortega puts it this way –
To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a sibling to someone with special needs? Siblings of an individual with special needs worry about the quality of their brother’s or sister’s future.  Nick is Ben’s younger brother. Ben’s family has been involved in the work of Creative Living Community of Connecticut since its inception. Nick shares his thoughts in this way.

I am forever blessed to have Ben as my older brother. The connection we have as siblings is like no other. No matter how much I try to teach him, he always will be able to teach me more. I’ve become a more caring, responsible, loving and understanding person having him in my life. The best part of Ben is that he loves me unconditionally. Seeing a smile on his face never fails to make me smile. He brings so much joy to my life, and I don’t know where I would be without him.

CLCC’s mission is to support siblings like Nick, so that together we can work toward securing Ben’s future wellbeing and safety. CLCC’s first program demonstration at the greenhouse gives Ben a sense of purpose during his weekly routine. This program has become reality with your support and involvement!

We look forward to the acquisition of property for the farm community to make our ultimate vision a reality!



Richard has been a longtime volunteer in the CLCC greenhouse. He has done it all, from seeding, to harvesting, and even packaging micro greens to be delivered to customers. He finally was able to see the final stage of this food cycle last winter when he delivered the greens directly to Firebox restaurant in Hartford.

Richard works part time at Home Goods in Vernon and worked for years at the Friendly’s in Manchester.  He has a great sense of humor and is always ready to tell you a joke or two.  Richard lives at home with his mother and is very excited to think about the possibilities of having his own apartment in the CLCC Farm Community.