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 started in Frederick, Maryland, in 1979. At the time, there was a huge need for housing and day program options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Examples of such disabilities are Down syndrome and autism).

CLI started right as institutions were beginning to close. There was a huge need in the community for agencies to provide support for the people who had been confined to those establishments for so long.

We started small, with just two homes owned by the State of Maryland, each with six to eight residents. Back then, people with I/DD had only one of two options when it came to day programs in the area: the Scott Key Center, then housed at Rock Creek School, or the Jeanne Bussard Workshop. Day programs have come a long way since then.

Today, CLI manages 26 homes in Frederick, and has over 250 hardworking people on staff. Though we started with just residential services, we’ve grown tremendously in the past 40 years. CLI  now provides in-home, vocational and day program support, and serves about 160 people here in Frederick.

Our organization gets most of its funding through the DDA and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but that doesn’t cover everything. Community Living relies heavily on support from our Frederick community in order to maintain high standards for the people we serve.


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Community Living, Inc.19 hours ago
Happy #flashbackfriday! Timmy, Greg, Colleen and Stephen went to the Washington Commanders Draft Day Party on 4/29 at FedEx field. It was so fun -- we think Timmy is was praying for a winning season here. (Aren't we all? πŸ˜‚πŸˆ)

[Image descriptions: Four images are shown. The first is a close up of Stephen in a red Commanders hat and jacket; the second is a closeup of Timmy in a camo hoodie making a praying gesture with his hands; the third is a closeup of Timmy and Colleen smiling; the fourth is a group picture of Timmy, Greg, Colleen and Stephen on the field].
Community Living, Inc.
Community Living, Inc.2 days ago
I bocce, you bocce, we all bocce!

This picture was taken at the bocce invitational last month!

[Image description: A group of people CLI supports are shown standing (some are kneeling in front) against a net on a field. They are all smiling for the camera.]
Community Living, Inc.
Community Living, Inc.2 days ago
Who else loves @warehousecinemasfrdk? We love seeing movies there. From the food to the comfy seats, it’s a great experience every time!