COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Community Living Chatham-Kent is privileged to have loyal community partners who support our goal to provide quality services to people who have an intellectual disability and to promote inclusion in the community. Through their generous support, the people we support have places to live, jobs in the community, and opportunities to participate in programs and activities throughout Chatham-Kent.
The Harry E. Foster Foundation has been one of our most valued and cherished partners. Since 1996, the Foster Foundation has provided key resources that have helped Community Living Chatham-Kent support people who have an intellectual disability. Their kindness has helped many children and adults live a fuller life, experience new and exciting activities, many for the first time. It has given people the opportunity to enjoy their community with their peers, participate in community activities or go on trips and vacations which brings overwhelming joy and pleasure that cannot be measured in dollars and cents. Much of this has been made possible through the ongoing commitment and benevolence of the Harry E. Foster Foundation to Community Living Chatham-Kent.
Community Living Chatham-Kent is pleased to announce the generous donation of $9,000 from the Harry E. Foster Foundation to be used to fund cultural, recreational and social activities for both the Children’s and Adult Respite. The donation makes it possible to offer a variety of service options where the participants feel welcome, comfortable, stimulated and that many families describe as a lifeline they could not do without. Through their participation in these value added activities, the people we support in our Respite Programs feel part of the larger community and gain a host of experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. Last year, the Children’s Respite Carnival welcomed “Molly” the Dairy Cow. An initiative of Chatham-Kent Dairy education, Dairy Farmers of Ontario and Essex-Kent Dairy producers, children and their families had the opportunity to “milk” Molly and learn about the nutritional aspect of dairy.