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?”
CLCC was established as an Emanuel mission team by its Council in March 2007, which provided the IRS 501(c)(3) status required to apply for grant funding. In July 2007, CLCC was awarded a $25,000 grant by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Deaconess Community for project start-up activities. In September 2008, CLCC became a CT 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 the proposed Greenhouse Entrepreneurial Program. In February 2009, the nonprofit 501 (c)(3) status was obtained from the Internal Revenue Service. The financial functions provided by Emanuel’s Treasurer were successfully transitioned in March 2009 to the CLCC Treasurer and CLCC became an independent entity. Early in 2012 a lease agreement was finalized with the Tolland County Agricultural Center, Inc., (TAC) Board of Trustees to place the greenhouse program on its property in Vernon. The greenhouse was ordered in March and constructed in April and May with the help of many volunteers. Growing of micro greens began in June of 2012. Propane heat and the inside water farm hydrant were installed in November of 2012. In 2014 CLCC hired three part-time employees, a Greenhouse Coordinator, a Greenhouse Program Manager, and an Executive Director. In 2015 we partnered with Housing Enterprises, Inc. to begin the process of developing the business plans to create the farm community. In 2016 we partnered with Schadler Selnayu Associates to design the farm community. In 2018 CLCC purchased property at 2645 Boston Tpke., Coventry, CT to build their vision and have begun the zoning approval process with the Town of Coventry.