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Community Living Chatham-Kent 


That all people live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in the community and have the opportunity to participate effectively.


Community Living Chatham-Kent provides support and services for people who have an intellectual disability.


Community Living . . .  Discovering Dreams, Connecting Lives


We believe:

  •        Everyone is valued, respected, and treated with dignity;
  •        Employees are a significant part of our success and future;
  •        Lives are enriched with the support and involvement of family, friends, volunteers and the community;
  •        Barriers are eliminated through awareness, public education and partnerships;
  •        Communities benefit when people have the opportunity to develop into contributing citizens;
  •        Everyone is enriched by embracing and understanding diversity;
  •        Discovering and building on people’s dreams and goals, is a priority;
  •        Successes are recognized and celebrated;
  •        Open and honest communication builds trust and commitment;
  •        Growth and development occur best in safe, respectful, caring and supportive environments;
  •        People have the right to be fully informed and make choices;
  •        Together, we strive for excellence in all that we do.

about us

Community Living Chatham-Kent is a non-profit charitable organization that provides supports and services to more than 550 people who have an intellectual disability and their families in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. Community Living Chatham-Kent employs 270 people and has been in existence for over 60 years.

An intellectual disability is a prominent learning impairment that may cause a person to have difficulty adapting to the demands of everyday life. With appropriate support and services based on individual desires and needs, people who have an intellectual disability can live and contribute in the community.

Our goal is that all persons live in a state of dignity, share in all elements of living in the community and have the opportunity to participate effectively. Community Living’s mandate is to promote inclusion of all people in the community.


In 1955, there were limited options for people who had intellectual disabilities. Parents who wanted their sons and daughters to have a valued and contributing life within their community recognized the need for services. In 1955, they came together as the true visionaries of Community Living and created the organization.

Over the years, the name and the supports have changed but the original goal of full participation in the community has remained.




  • Planning – Assists people who have an intellectual disability and their families to coordinate services and develop short and long-term plans to meet their needs and goals.
  • Respite Services – Provides out-of-home respite for people who live at home with their family. Services are provided in two home-like settings, one for children and one foradults.
  • Community Supports – Provides support for people living on their own or with their family. Services are based on individual needs and are designed to enhance independence and quality of life.
  • People Make A Community – An activity-based program that operates in Blenheim, Ridgetown, and Tilbury, to build each community’s capacity to support people within their own community.  A volunteer committee coordinates activities in each centre.
  • Making It Happen – Provides outcome-based supports to young adults in transition from school to life in the community. Individuals must be between the ages of 18-28. Individualized supports are developed based on intensive goal-setting and planning designed to build connections to natural support networks.

Supported Accommodation

  •  Provides 24-hour support to assist people to live successfully in their own home. Supports for daily living are designed to enhance independence and make connections to community resources. Assists people to develop social capital with supports based on their needs and preferences.
  • Supports are offered in an apartment complex based on people’s needs and preferences.

Employment Supports and Day Programs

  • ·JOBWORX – Employment Services – Provides training, job development, and coaching to assist people to obtain and maintain competitive employment. We are an approved service provider for ODSP- Employment Services.
  • Library Café – Provides supported employment operating a café at the main branch of the Chatham-Kent Public Library.
  • School-to-Work Transitions – Provides pre-employment coaching and training including assisted cooperative placements and summer job placements for secondary school students.
  • Day Program on Park Avenue – This is a voluntary program that provides the opportunity for people to develop social capital, to participate in activities, and for those who are interested to secure, and maintain competitive employment.
  • Day Programs on Sass Road, and Riverview Drive – Leisure-based programs offering personal care, support and activities daily (Monday to Friday).

Other Services

Volunteer Services – Provides connections and resources to people and the agency by recruiting and nurturing volunteers. Our focus is to create opportunities which encourage a culture of volunteerism. We match volunteer talents and interests with the needs of the people we provide services for. The volunteers bring many resources and experiences enriching the lives of people who have an intellectual disability.

Upcoming Events 

20th Annual Golf Tournament Presented by:

When: Saturday, June 3, 2017   
Where: Deer Run Golf Course; 19605 Bloomfield Rd, Blenheim ON
Cost: $95/Player

We are thrilled to host our 20th Annual Golf Tournament at Deer Run Golf Course. Register at NEW THIS YEAR: $20,000 Hole In One prize!



Community Living Chatham-Kent is thrilled to present the 2nd Annual Food Crawl which will feature different menu items from various restaurants in Chatham-Kent. The night will be a fantastic opportunity to try new appetizers, mingle with a group of friends, and celebrate summer!

The experience will expose up to 184 participants to venues and food items without demanding a big commitment of time. Buses will rotate across Chatham-Kent, taking participants to different restaurants between 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, where they will have approximately 30 minutes at each restaurant.

Participating Restaurants for 2017 include:

Food Crawl tickets will go on sale in May 15, 2017! Visit

to reserve your bus seat!


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CONTACT Information

Community Living Chatham-Kent

650 Riverview Drive, Unit 2, Chatham, Ontario  N7M 5L3

T:  519.352.1174 |  F:  519.352.5459 |  E:  W:



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