We believe that everyone deserves a loving and safe home where they feel welcome to be themselves. To promote this belief, we provide homes to individuals at eighteen different locations around the Quad Cities. Our group homes, also known as Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA), allow individuals to experience independence and self-sufficiency as they live apart from their families, and instead with roommates. By taking charge of their own daily living, individuals gain confidence in their abilities and grow feelings of self-empowerment. To help individuals reach this confidence, we offer person-centered supports to accommodate the needs of everyone who lives in one of The Arc’s group homes.
CILA homes are the highest standard of housing for individuals with disabilities. Located within residential neighborhoods, these homes provide optimal access to community based services for individuals with disabilities who greatly value being a part of a larger community. CILA homes maximize personal independence and continual development.
Our residential services range from intermittent support to 24-hour assistance. Our staff are available to help the residents learn new skills and fully participate in day-to-day activities including cooking, money management, house cleaning, self-care, laundry, shopping, and other community activities. Individual choice in participation and rights to privacy are respected by our staff.
Each group home has its own unique community environment, made up of the different roommates residing there. In order to find which group home is the right fit for a potential new resident, we take the time to get to know them, their family, and their needs before moving them into their new home.
Our homes provide:
- A stable and comfortable home environment that promotes inclusion, personal independence and physical well-being in their home and community
- Access to educational or vocational training, or employment
- Ease in obtaining necessary medical attention, rehabilitation services or therapy
- Education in independent living skills such as bathing, housekeeping, cooking, and shopping
- Development in money management skills
- Transportation needs
- Access to leisure, recreation, religious and social activities
- Improvement in communication and social skills
- Greater self-determination and pride of place