Mission & History

Mission & History


Community Living provides supports and services to empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live their lives to the fullest. Learn more about how CLI works.


  • We expect trust, respect, and integrity in all our relationships and partnerships
  • We promote safety, dignity, and collaboration in all of our interactions
  • We passionately support each individual to realize his/her unique potential through inclusion and integration


Community Living, Inc., or CLI, was founded in 1979 as a not-for-profit agency, providing residential and support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Frederick County. We began with two homes owned by the State of Maryland, each with six to eight residents. These people had been living at home with their families, or at the Rosewood Center and Henrytown institutions outside of Baltimore. Originally, Community Living residents had the option of attending one of only two day programs offered in this area – the Scott Key Center, then housed at Rock Creek School, or the Jeanne Bussard Workshop, working from an old school on Ice Street. Day program services have come a long way since then.

Today, Community Living manages nearly 30 homes throughout Frederick, and provides in-home, vocational and day habilitation support to numerouweb2s other individuals. We take it as a compliment when neighbors says they never realized agency homes are “special” or different in any way from the others in the neighborhood.

We currently have almost 300 dedicated and hardworking staff serving the needs of Community Living’s approximately 160 individuals. Our daily       operations are sustained by funding from the Developmental Disabilities Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but we rely heavily on support from volunteers, individual fees, grants, fundraisers and private donations in order to maintain high standards for the people we serve.