Choices for Community Living Delaware, Inc., (CCL Delaware) is a subsidiary of Liberty, the Montgomery County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. CCL was incorporated in 2003.
CCL’s parent organization, Liberty, is a professionally managed agency that began as a parent-run, advocacy organization 50 years ago. Liberty is chartered as the Montgomery County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. (formerly known as the New York State Association for Retarded Children, Inc.).
There are 57 member Chapters of NYSARC located in nearly every county of New York. The corporate structure of the organization dictates that members confine their services primarily within their home county.
Montgomery is a small, rural county in upstate New York, approximately 30 miles west of the capital city of Albany, with a population base of approximately 50,000. Liberty serves 650 children and adults with disabilities in our community, offering residential and day supports to about 300 people, as well as providing vocational, supported employment, family support and health care services. For more information about Liberty’s programs click on www.libertyarc.org
Like many agencies supporting people with disabilities, Liberty has changed and matured over the years. In 2001, the Board of Directors established a Strategic Plan to provide a road map for the organization’s development over the next 3 5 years. Realizing that an organization must grow in order to remain financially viable, the strategic plan included development of residential and day programs outside of New York State. Choices for Community Living, Inc. (CCL) was set up as the corporate entity under which programs outside New York would be developed.
CCL Delaware began providing services to eight adults with developmental disabilities in February, 2004. Four persons reside at both the Cedar Creek Neighborhood Home, Lincoln, DE, and the Harrington Neighborhood Home, Harrington, DE.
In June, 2004, four adults moved into the Fox Run Apartments in Bear, DE. In August, 2004, individuals from Kent and Sussex counties began attending the new CCL day program in Dover. In October, 2004, four men moved into the Sweet Briar Neighborhood Home, and four women moved into the Dora Moors Neighborhood Home. Both of these homes are New Castle, DE. CCL Delaware now provides services in all three Delaware counties.
CCL currently serves 18 individuals in New Castle County and 14 individuals in Kent/Sussex County in residential programs. Day supports are provided for 24 individuals. CCL currently employs 90 staff.