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There are too few resources in York Region to aid individuals with a developmental disability and their families.

With your help, Community Living Central York will expand their Newmarket location to provide a much-needed solution to fill the gap in available day services.

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Every year, more than


adults receive support from Community Living.

The region’s


evening and weekend programming.



the space available in our Day Services program.

Will increase support to more than


adults weekly.



the capacity of the Employment Strategies program.

New capacity will reduce the York Region waitlist by



“A community is happy and strong only when everyone has the right to contribute and thrive.”

This is an  exciting time for Community Living Central York and our community—a period of renewal for our organization and the communities we serve.

Our redevelopment of 460 Oak Street is a step towards innovation and opportunity. It is the cornerstone for renewal and growth. This enables us to further our reach and impact– providing increased service to more individuals/families and engaging more with communities and partners.

For our donors and partners—this project offers a chance to contribute to real and tangible change. The creation of our new “hub”—a new heart—for our organization will establish a space with dignity and opportunity for the people we serve. It not only increases our reach and impact, but will also provide a place of pride and leadership for our community and organization.

Community Living Central York has a long-standing history of stability, impact and support in our communities. Our Happy Hearts campaign will fuel the renewal and provide a chance to build on that strength towards a brighter future.

Building a community where everyone belongs.


This redevelopment will feature 20,000 square-feet of space and will act as a hub for specialized programs, including a dedicated program for employment support to equip people who have developmental disabilities with job-ready skills and connect them with employers.

The expanded centre for Community Living will be an inviting space for teaching and training, providing a much needed solution to fill the gap in available day services.

The alternative?

Simply put, there is none. Without the expert caregiving team at Community Living, many families in York Region would have nowhere to turn for support.

Community Living Central York is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1954 to provide services for developmentally disabled adults. For more than 60 years we have been one of the only local support providers, offering assistance in Newmarket, Aurora, King, East Gwillimbury and Whitchurch-Stouffville.

In the last 10 years alone, we’ve helped more than 4,000 people over the age of 21 transition to the next phase of their lives.

Imagine what is possible with the resources and opportunities brought about by this new centre!

when you turn 21?

For many young adults, life at 21 is full of potential. Rich opportunities for further education and a career await, as well as the chance to be part of a growing social network of friends and colleagues.

If you have a developmental disability, on the other hand, there are alarmingly few options.

More than 5,000 adults in York Region have a developmental disability, such as autism or Down syndrome. Most receive outstanding support within the school system until they reach the age of 21—but then this support ends completely, putting strain on the individuals, their families and the community as a whole.

There are far too few resources in York Region to aid families of young adults with developmental disabilities. The gap between school support and community assistance can last for years. As a result, hundreds of individuals are robbed of their opportunity for a rich and vibrant life.

Right now, there are 2,358 people on the wait list for day programs in York Region. And this number is growing.

For many adults with a developmental disability, turning 21 is like walking into an abyss. Community Living Central York is working urgently to change that.

Community Living Central York Happy Hearts Campaign

Everyone is different. Everyone is unique.

Despite our differences, we all deserve a place in the community. Each individual contributes in his or her own way. If anyone is robbed of that opportunity, the entire group suffers.

A community is happy and strong only when everyone has the right to contribute and thrive.

We invite you to join our Community Living Happy Hearts Campaign and to be an ambassador in generating interest and starting conversations. By reaching out to as many people as possible, we are working to ensure that we are laying the foundation for a stronger community.

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A strong community is one where everyone is allowed to participate and feel a sense of belonging. A developmental disability hasn’t stopped Stuart, Jenny or Matthew from wanting many of the same things out of life that we all do: lives filled with joy,
love and purpose, where they are given the opportunity to become fully included members of their community.

This is your opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families in our community. By investing in this project, you can help ensure that enthusiastic and determined members of our community have somewhere to turn after high school.

You can help young adults gain important life and job skills.

You can help alleviate the overwhelming strain and social costs of families in crisis.

You can help the thousands of adults with developmental disabilities in our community get the opportunity for an improved life—and this in turn will make our community even stronger!

Thank you for your generous support for the Happy Hearts Campaign for Community Living Central York!

In appreciation of your generosity, all gifts will be recognized. Naming opportunities are also available.

With the generous support of our community, we will be able to renovate the Oak Street facility, by raising

$5 million



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