The Community Resource Program aims to help people with disabilities live more independent lives through combining various supports and bringing them to you, where you live.
The program includes:
- Information and Referral: Offers informational assistance and resources for people with disabilities, their family and friends, and the community at large.
- Individual Advocacy: Helps people to develop the skills required to self-advocate in the community.
- Peer Support: Facilitates opportunities for people with disabilities and seniors to meet one another, socialize and develop new skills through coaching, support groups, workshops and ongoing classes.
Click here for the Community Resource Program Brochure.
**Please note that this program is currently being offered virtually. Support is offered through Zoom, telephone calls and email depending on individual preference. New to using Zoom? Read our Zoom information and instruction guide to learn what it is and how to use it.
Community Resource Coordinators
The Community Resource Coordinators provide support to persons with disabilities and seniors with the goal of assisting and empowering the individual to eliminate barriers to independent living. They understand that one size does not fit all and they will tailor supports based on need.
There is no cost for this program and anyone in Waterloo Region with a disability is encouraged to contact us.
How it works
The Community Resource Coordinator for a given geographical section will be well informed about available programs, groups and services. The Coordinator may meet with consumers one-on-one or in a group setting. They will develop plans to help identify and address issues or concerns and work towards removing barriers to participation.
Every situation is unique and guided by the consumer. Resolutions and successes may include connecting people with existing community resources such as grocery shopping, housekeeping and laundry, running errands, socializing, arts and culture, and staying fit and healthy. It may also involve working with consumers to address concerns directly in the community, connecting someone with another service provider, or connecting like-minded individuals with each other to work towards common goals and ideas.