Community Living Manitoulin (previously known as Hope Farm) was created in 1950 by a group of parents who refused to send their child with a developmental disability to an institution. The parents wanted their children living in the community and attending school the same as other children. The parents focused their attention on a modified school program.
In 2005, Maple Terrace, a new barrier-free residence was completed to accommodate individuals moving into the community from the Provincial institutions. Maple Terrace housed 5 individuals and 1 respite bed, and provides services to individuals with higher medical and physical care needs. Maple Terrace was expanded to house 8 individuals and 1 respite bed in 2006.
Also in 2005, the agency began a Transitional Program for young adults age 18 – 25 with developmental disabilities. This program helps with the transition from school to adult services, such as employment, and independent living.
In 2006 the Consignment Store (Everything Under The Sun) expanded and moved to its existing location on Highway 542 in Mindemoya. This created 5 new spaces in the Life Skills program.
In 2008 the agency began a program that supported individuals living in their own home called the Innovative Residential Initiative (called the Innovative Residential Model today). This program provided more hours of support to the individuals than the Supported Independent Living participants, allowing people with higher support needs the opportunity to live outside a group home in their own apartment.
Also in 2008, the Hope Terrace residence opened. Hope Terrace is a barrier-free home that houses 6 individuals and a respite bed. The Hope Terrace residence replaced the old Hope Farm residence.
In 2010, the agency expanded its Supported Independent Living and Transitional programs to include 3 new individuals. This initiative accomplished the Ministry’s Increased Community Capacity Initiative that helped move individuals off the waiting list into service.
Today, Community Living Manitoulin operates 4 group homes, a Supported Independent Living Program, an Innovative Residential Model program, a Transitions program, a Life Skills program, a Supported Employment program, a Community Hub Center, and a Respite program. We serve over 60 individuals across Manitoulin Island in our various programs.