Our Mission

To offer meaningful services and supports for persons with exceptional needs.

 

Our Vision

Every person lives with dignity as a valued member of the community.

 Our Values

In the tradition of our founding families, we value:

  • A Person-Centered Approach – personal growth and independence by respecting individual choice and changing needs.
  • Community Connection – involving those we support as active members of our community.
  • Family Involvement – continued connection and meaningful participation
  • Excellence in Leadership and Staff – caring, compassion, innovation and integrity.
  • Partnerships – working collaboratively to develop and deliver high quality programs and services.

Our dream back in 1986 was to create an atmosphere where people with a developmental disability could grow in physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and become valued members of the community.

The efforts and financial contributions of the Provincial government, numerous friends, volunteers and parents have helped to make this dream a reality. Continued support from the community and individuals is critical to meeting this need for additional homes and expanded services.

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Our History

From Dreams to Reality.

Conceived by a group of visionary parents of developmentally challenged individuals, Parents For Community Living was incorporated in 1989 as a non-profit charitable organization.

1986

The first gathering of parents to seek out how to best meet the challenges of providing for their adult children when they would be along in the world.1986 The first gathering of parents to seek out how to best meet the challenges of providing for their adult children when they would be along in the world.

1988

With the generous financial support from local businesses, individuals and the Catholic community, the first home was purchased on Blueridge Avenue in Kitchener. The Blueridge house now provides a home for four adults.

1992

With a significant estate donation and financial support from the Ontario Ministries of Housing and Community and Social Services, a second home was purchased on Crimson Crescent in Waterloo. The Crimson house now provides a home for four adults.

1993

A Supported Independent Living (SIL) apartment supporting two men opened on Queen’s Boulevard in Kitchener.

1997

A Supported Independent Living apartment supporting two women was opened in the Crimson home. With financial support from the Ministry of Community and Social Services, a third home was purchased on Stanwood Drive in Waterloo. The Stanwood house now provides a home for four adults.

1998

PCL hired a Managing Director and an Executive Director to provide management and leadership to the growing organization.

1999

PCL started to offer respite services which provide short-term care for individuals with developmental disabilities who continue to live at home, allowing a break for their families.

2001

A fourth home was purchased as an Enhanced Supported Independent Living program on Westvale Drive in Waterloo. The Westvale house now provides a home for four adults.PCL partnered with a retirement residence in Kitchener to provide out-of-town respite services.

2003

A fifth home was purchased on Pastern Trail in Waterloo. The Pastern house provides a home for four adults.

2004

A sixth home was opened as an Enhanced Supported Independent Living program on Westheights Drive in Kitchener. The Westheights house now provides a home for four adults.

2006

With the assistance of annualized funding from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and fund raised dollars, PCL purchased its first home for children on Malabar Drive in Waterloo. The Malabar house provides a home for two children and respite support for an additional four children.

2009

PCL celebrated its 20th anniversary!!

2010

PCL purchased its ninth home on Casey Drive in Kitchener. The Casey house now provides a home for five adults.

2012

PCL sold the two story home on Westvale Drive and purchased a bungalow on Monarch Place in Waterloo to provide 24 hour support for four aging individuals in need of a more accessible home.PCL also increased capacity by providing support for three new individuals from the community. The Westheights home became a 24 hour residential home.

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