Community Living Chatham-Kent joins partnership

Community Living Chatham-Kent has joined a partnership with two other non-profit organizations to help advocate for and provide high-quality services to those with complex needs.

Ron Coristine, executive director of Community Living Chatham-Kent, is shown in this 2014 file photo. File photo/Postmedia Network

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Community Living Chatham-Kent has joined a partnership with two other non-profit organizations to help advocate for – and provide – high-quality services to those with complex needs.

Joining DeafBlind Ontario Services and PHSS (Participating, Housing, Supports and Services), who partnered last fall, Community Living’s new collaboration will provide a stronger voice at the provincial level, a joint media release stated.

“Community Living Chatham-Kent continues to be a very progressive organization within Ontario. We look forward to joining forces with like-minded, accredited agencies like DeafBlind Ontario Services and PHSS,” said Ron Coristine, executive director of Community Living Chatham-Kent.

“Our focus will be on sharing knowledge and finding efficiencies, recognizing that the people who place their trust in our organizations are the number one priority.”

Community Living offers services and inclusive opportunities to help people live with dignity.

The partnership will improve the ability of the organizations to share specialized expertise, the release stated, and promote the unique needs of people who require integrated services.

“We are pleased to welcome Community Living Chatham-Kent to this partnership,” said Roxanna Spruyt-Rocks, CEO of DeafBlind Ontario Services. “The combined services of the three agencies provides long-term value through quality, specialized support for individuals with multiple, complex needs.”

DeafBlind Ontario Services provide accessible residential and customized support services in remote communities and urban centres across the province.

PHSS is dedicated to supporting people with developmental disabilities and/or complex physical needs so they can live in their own homes, participate in the community, and enjoy life with family and friends.

It also provides 24-hour care in residential homes, day and overnight respite, and recreational programs, whether for those living with complex medical needs or individuals living at home with their families.

“Given significant changes underway in Ontario’s health and social support systems, the partnership will help ensure that the complex needs of those with significant disabilities will continue to be recognized and addressed,” said Brian Dunne, president and CEO of PHSS.

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