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Independent Living Meets the Challenges of COVID19

Community Living of Rhode Island’s Family Supports/Employment Services continues to follow all guidelines provided by the State of Rhode Island and the CDC. As an organization it is our top priority to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all our participants and their family members.


Employment Supports


The Employment team has been providing weekly virtual employment preparatory classes. These employment classes cover an array of topics such as; interviewing tips, hygiene tips, resume writing, and customer service. In addition, for those employed participants, the employment team has been providing a virtual monthly job club meeting, as well as weekly check in’s to see how those working during COVID are feeling. The employment support team has been having fun with virtual activities playing icebreaker games and completing fun activities with their peers! Job Development continues through the pandemic. Our employment team is actively seeking employment opportunities for our job seeking participants. This includes in-person outreach, as well as networking with potential employers virtually. CLRI is also an approved ORS (Office of Rehabilitative Services) vendor. We are also looking for businesses to participate in virtual tours and job shadowing for our interested participants.



Family Support/Independent Living


The Independent Living team at CLRI has been providing ongoing virtual supports. These virtual supports include monthly check ins to see how everyone is adjusting to COVID. In addition, the virtual activities that are being provided regularly include, arts and crafts classes, employment classes, virtual bingo, exercising classes, and music classes. Independent Living participants have the option of attending all classes, or those they are specifically interested in regarding their specific person-centered plan. This virtual platform has been a fun experience for those living at home, giving them the feeling of still being heavily involved with Community Living, while maintaining a safe social distance. CLRI is also beginning to offer a cooking class, where participants are invited to join in virtually and practice their cooking skills. We have started slow with mixing dry ingredients together, we are not using the stove yet, unless staff is present within the home.  

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