Residential and Support Services
for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
We provide safe
nurturing homes along with day services in which persons with intellectual disabilities
can reach the highest level of independence possible.
Founded in September
of 1988 to provide assisted living services for adults with intellectual disability, our community residences are first and foremost homes.
currently operates ten residences for 33 adults adults with intellectual disability.
Our ten group homes are structured and operated to provide a place for
the residents to feel safe and relaxed, to interact with caring people,
and to learn new skills. Each home is supervised by trained staff 24 hours/
7 days a week. We also supervise an apartment for two adult males who
work in the community during the day and have a high degree of self-sufficiency. In addition, Catholic Charities offers vocational opportunities as well as leisure activities to enrich the lives of eleven adults.
Residents have a wide
range of ability levels from severely retarded to mild cognitive impairment
and many residents have additional, sometimes severe, physical disabilities
and handicaps. We help each resident develop the confidence and self-esteem
to reach the greatest possible level of independence.
Plans and a Team Approach
We create individual
program plans that accommodate the special needs of each resident, while
focusing on the acquisition and development of daily living skills. Each
resident’s treatment team includes a coordinator, all staff working at
the site, the resident, and any family members or persons close to that
resident. A personal goal is identified by the resident, and a teaching
strategy is developed and written out so staff on all shifts can coordinate
their efforts to help the resident achieve his or her goal. Residents
are encouraged to continue to set new personal goals and strive to develop
greater self-sufficiency, self-confidence, and independence.
are part of the greater community in which they live
Our program encourages
residents to see themselves as valuable members of their community. During
the day, they may be employed or they may participate in day treatment
programs or workshops. Three of our homes are for individuals with severe
medical or other issues and these homes offer self-contained customized
personal enrichment activities.
Weekends and evenings
are spent in similar ways to all of their neighbors – chores, grocery
shopping, visiting with family, attending religious services, perhaps
going to a movie or the park, or just relaxing. Residents use local banks,
shops, libraries, post offices, doctors, and pharmacies.
others in need
Residents of one of
our homes earned the money to provide a Christmas dinner at St. Elizabeth
House shelter for the homeless in Hartford through craft items they made
and then sold at our annual Pasta Dinner.
Some residents also
make crafts and gifts for senior citizens. They are advised by local convalescent
homes of the names of seniors with no local family who would welcome visits.
Our residents visit these seniors on birthdays and holidays with a card
and a gift.
Through these and
other enrichment activities, our residents experience the good feelings
we get from helping others, and they are able to give back to the community
in which they live.
We welcome support
from individuals and from local community organizations and parishes.
Contact us to discuss ways you can help.
David Scott, Residential Director
467 Bloomfield Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002-2999