The People We Serve

The People We Serve

Photo of two people served by Community Living, a man and a woman, seated and laughing.

Photo by Tim Rifenberg

Each person we serve is qualified to receive support and services from the State of Maryland’s Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA), which also oversees all aspects of resident and client care. Some people require “light” supervision only a few hours a week, and this supervision may include assistance with finances, housekeeping, job training, etc. Others with more significant or multiple disabilities will have round-the-clock staff companions who provide full support for all the minute details of daily living at home and in the community. Most of Community Living’s residents, though, fall somewhere in the middle of these two extremes, and with staff assistance, make choices that support independence through individual’s strengths and desires.

All CLI participants hold regular jobs, attend day programs or are retired and involved in the agency’s Retirement Our Way (ROW) day program. Community Living carries out its name in that all people participate as fully in their community as their abilities allow. This means these individuals are on the go! With some help and support, residents do their own shopping, go to public events, walk in the park, attend worship, cheer on their favorite teams, and picnic at the playground – the same activities their neighbors partake in. They enjoy life’s simple treats such as eating out at restaurants, going to the movies, getting haircuts, and playing bingo at a local senior center. And at home, time goes by quickly. These individuals are actively involved in meal planning and cooking, watching videos, listening to music, personal housekeeping, gardening, craftwork and just hanging around…there’s never enough time to do it all!

Residents maintain and decorate their own rooms, which helps to establish personal pride and independence. Doing other house chores also builds a great deal of pride, and residents often invite community members to their homes because they are so proud of where they live. The Community Living staff provides assistance ranging from drop-in visits of a few hours a week for people requiring a minimum of assistance to 24-hour coverage for those requiring constant care and monitoring. Staff members are fully trained for all medical, behavioral, household, nutritional and other needs.