Supported Independent Living

The Supported Independent Living program (S.I.L.) supports people who have intellectual disabilities and/or mental health barriers who are choosing to live independently in the community.
We support individuals through a person-centered approach, strength based, harm reduction, and dignity of risk perspective.

We utilize self-determination and relationship building to engage effectively with participants long term. Relationships based on trust, respect and empowerment are developed between the participant and the 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.

Participants gain social skills through interaction with other participants. Social participation is associated with better mental and physical health. Feeling included in a community gives them a sense of belonging. It provides safety and supervision as one-to-one staff check in with them during shift time ensuring their well being. Staff work with them to make goals which helps them to build confidence, gives them choices and they make their own decisions.

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