Supported Independent Living

Supported Independent Living (S.I.L.) services support people who have intellectual disabilities and/or mental health barriers who choose to live independently in the community.

The S.I.L. staff support individuals using a person-centred, strengths based approach that includes a trauma informed, dignity of risk perspective. S.I.L Case Managers work with each individual to identify and achieve goals specific to their needs and wants. The SIL team utilizes self-determination and relationship building to engage effectively with people long term. Relationships based on trust, respect and empowerment are developed between the person and their support team. The service focuses on encouraging people to live as independent members of their community.

  • Case Management services which focus on meeting individual specific needs and goals, advocacy, therapeutic interventions, and counselling services.
  • One-to-one community-based supports that provide for basic needs including housing, food, and clothing, as well as life skills development such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, banking and medical appointment support.
  • Resource Centre that offers social connections, social development and skill building, light meal program, access to donations, free laundry, and various recreational activities.
  • Work Experience programming for job skill development and income supplements.
  • Additional services through other New Directions service areas including Family and Individual Therapy are also available to program participants as no additional cost.

Individuals gain social skills by being active, contributing members of a community. Community based staff also provide a sense of belonging and emotional security within each individuals’ home. Staff work with each person to make goals that assist with building confidence to make choices and decisions in a supported environment.

To refer an individual to the S.I.L program fill out the contact form (right).

All individuals referred to the program must be associated to one of the following agencies (CLDS, WRHA, CFS or Provincial Special Needs). An individual’s parent/guardian can make a referral on behalf of one of the four agencies.

Once referred, Individuals will be contacted to ensure that S.I.L is a good fit for them.

S.I.L Coordinators and Case Managers will meet with individuals to discuss their goals and discuss next steps in the intake process.

Note: once an individual is approved into the S.I.L program, it may take several weeks for funding to come through before the individual can utilize S.I.L services.

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For general questions about S.I.L, contact:

Supported Independent Living
New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults & Families
717 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3G 0M8