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Community Living of Rhode Island Inc., (CLRI) recognizes the important needs of individuals with intellectual Disabilities, their parents and family members; hence we build our strength of supports around individual’s strengths and interests which enables them to develop skills that are functional and meaningful in every day’s life. We do this by providing individuals with opportunities for growth in a loving, trusting and challenging environment. CLRI creates an environment that provides as many opportunities as possible, for individualized experiences in a wide range of natural community settings that directly and positively enhances the lives of many people with Intellectual Disabilities.


Community Living of Rhode Island is a trusted symbol of Service, Reliability and Compassion. We are dedicated to the principles of accountability by translating service delivery into quality and managed care. We provide a broad range of individualized services in the most normal and least restrictive settings possible. Coaching and teaching are provided, and centered around functional skill development, communication, recreational skills, domestic responsibilities, community awareness and integration , social development, and vocational learning.

CLRI value individual’s relationship and work diligently on a daily basis to honor the trust placed on us.

Our brand is an enduring and fundamental component of our promise to our Service Recipients, family members, friends and the community as a whole; that we will deliver innovative customized services, and finding solutions to issues in the most caring environment that exceeds their expectations.


We promote high ethical standards, general welfare, safety and security of individuals
We promote principles of normalization that enhances independence and happiness
We assist strongly with self-Advocacy
We are an innovative Agency with vision, and respond quickly to change


Community Living of Rhode Island is a diversified dynamic agency that goes above and beyond support provisions to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

We recognize and appreciate personal uniqueness and cultural diversity.

We offer personalized assistance that builds upon individual strengths and abilities. We empower individuals to exercise choice and take charge of their lives. We are family oriented and our main objective is to encourage self-advocacy and the development of other social, behavioral, and daily living skills training and supports. Recognizing the fact that the abilities of individuals with disabilities changes as they grow and develop into older individuals, we value their common humanity, by honoring their desires and choices in making a life for themselves. We provide support services to individuals with intellectual disabilities all over the State of Rhode Island, and have successfully helped parents and family members in relocating their loved ones with intellectual disabilities from out of Stat, back to their wonderful State of Rhode Island to receive better and quality supports and services. Our corporate office is located in Warwick, while our other locations are in Providence, Cranston, West Warwick, Warwick, Newport, and North Kingstown Rhode Island.


Community Living of Rhode Island Incorporated (CLRI) was founded in October 2001 by its present Chairman/CEO Mr. Joseph Onyejose and his wife Mrs. Mary Onyejose the Executive Director. After so many years of working experiences in the State of Massachusetts with the adult population with Developmental and mental health Disabilities, we developed the passion and interest in providing quality services to these Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. In Massachusetts we spent several years supporting so many Department of Mental Retardation (DMR) and Department of Mental Health (DMH) Provider Agencies with dependable staffing, by utilizing our Staffing Agency that was formed in 1997 for that purpose to accomplish that.

Our journey was borne out of passion for humanity.

When we relocated to Rhode Island in 1999, our burning desires to serving individuals with Intellectual Disabilities brought us in contact with Rhode Island Department of Mental Health Retardation and Hospitals (MHRH), now Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) which led to the establishment of Community Living of Rhode Island, Inc. Since our formation, CLRI has become a “place to turn” for support and quality services by parents and family members of individuals with Developmental and Mental Health Disabilities. Our uniqueness in service delivery has brought peace of mind to many families, through full participation and community integration available to our Service Recipients. We were able to accomplish these goals by utilizing creativity, resourcefulness, commitment and “the milk of human kindness.”

Adult Residential-Habilitation

Community Living of Rhode Island, Inc., provides 24-hour Residential Support Services to individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (Developmentally and Mental Health). This program is designed to afford enormous opportunities for Service Recipients or Participants to live successfully in their communities with Dignity, Respect, Safety and full participation. Here at Community Living, we design some environmental and programmatic safeguards that protect the Participants, our neighbors and community members to the extent possible; from behaviors that pose a risk to people or property and/or interfere with the rights of others. Our structured homely environment affords the Participants the opportunity to make positive choices, resolve or manage behaviors that require intensive intervention and supervision.
CLRI Residential Programs provides shared support services to three or four adult individuals living together in the comfort of their homes respectively; in accordance with Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) regulations. In all our Residential Programs, support services are tailored to individuals’ needs, with adequate Care, Skills Training and Supervision in a less restrictive setting. Our Support Services include assistance with improvement in skills related to Activities of Daily Living ADL; Behavior modification plans, Management of Aggressive Behaviors, Employment search and Job retention, Education and learning skill, Social and Sexuality skills training.
Generally, support services in all CLRI Residential programs are Person-Centered which foster and maintain independence by creating an environment that provides as many opportunities as possible for an individualized experience of a wide range of natural community settings in our local communities.

Independent Living (Family Support)

This support is designed to include assessment of individual needs and implementation such as: Assistance in Adaptive daily skills, Job development and interview building skills, Seeking admission to schools and providing supports while at classroom taking lectures. CLRI help the Participants in maintaining and securing decent homes or apartments. We support individuals in keeping up with their activities of daily living such as: house chores, medical runs and grocery shopping, self grooming, food preparation and exercises while seeking new opportunities in their lives. We facilitate circles of support to encourage the development of employment goals for individuals; as they continue to have fun in pursuing their dreams.
  • House Chores
  • Medical runs
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Self Grooming
  • Food Preparation
  • Excerises

Shared Living Arrangement (SLA)

Another segment of Support Services available at Community Living of Rhode Island is the Shared Living Arrangement SLA. Community Living of Rhode Island was Certified by Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) as an Authorized Placement Agency to help provide another type of Residential Support Options for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, who will reside with and receive customized supports from someone who has contracted with the Authorized Placement Agency (CLRI) to be a Home Provider for that Individual.
This type of Supports services in the Developmental and Mental Health Disabilities system are designed to provide a safe environment that allows individuals with intellectual Disabilities to meet their fullest potential and to be included in the everyday fabric of our society. Shared Living Arrangements can have a significant positive impact on outcomes and the quality of life for individuals with diverse disabilities. While the benefit to the individual is the driving force behind this option, there are other notable benefits as well. All individuals with disabilities benefit from the increased community awareness of the value, potential and many contributions people with disabilities can make to their communities.
Community Living as the Authorized Placement Agency for Shared Living will administer the program and recruit individuals as Shared Living Providers. The role of the Shared Living Provider however, is not the same as the traditional foster care role of providing basic care in a family atmosphere. A Shared Living Provider’s role entails that of an advocate, friend, mentor and support provider, who will not only share their home with a person with a Intellectual disability, but will assist the individual with connecting to the community, teaching new skills, developing friendships and making life choices that will lead to a satisfying, safe and productive lifestyle for the individual.
Shared Living is highly personalized and offers individuals a greater opportunity to choose the person(s) with whom they will live and have greater control of how they will live day-to-day.

Adult Day Habilitation

Our Day Program Services are designed to provide individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (Developmental and Mental Health) with the ability and opportunity to improve on individuals’ Productivity, Inclusion and Independence. This is built upon functional daily life skills of individuals to ensure that they are receiving services and the skills necessary to be as self-reliant as individually possible. Community Living of Rhode Island, Inc., operates a 100% Community-Based Day program services, and our Customized Employment-Based Support is tailored to individuals needs and ability. These programs are designed to help Service recipients or Participants improve their independence and participate in relationships and community life with greater focus on becoming gainfully employed and earning competitive “Living wages.”
Community Living of RI, places high priority on vocational learning because it helps individuals understand the types of careers that are available, and which ones they may want to pursue later in life. These activities help most of our Participants think about which vocations may be suitable for them and how they can enter into their chosen vocations.

We utilize Community Resources such as the libraries for learning purposes, museum of science for visual and cognitive learning, manufacturing companies to witness productions, parks and historic sites, and amusement sites for visual effects.

Our Day program activities start from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and our staffing ratio depends on the population make up and the Tiered system.

Customized Employment

In compliance with the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability of Employment Policy (ODEP), Community Living of Rhode Island has fully embarked in systems change efforts that helped improve on its 100 % community - based Integrated Employment opportunities for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities – (Developmentally and Mental Health). Our efforts and direction in this instance was borne out of the growing support for on-going National movement called Employment First, “a frame work for system change that is centered on the premise that all citizens, including individuals with significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in Integrated Employment and Community life.” ODEP. Integrated Employment as defined by ODEP are work paid directly by employers at the greater of minimum or prevailing wages with commensurate benefits, occurring in a typical work setting where the employee with a disability interacts or has the opportunity to interact continuously with co-workers without disabilities, as an opportunity for advancement and job mobility, and is preferably engaged full-time. Community Living of Rhode Island utilizes the four components of Customized Employment (Discovery, Job Search Planning, Job Development/Negotiation and Post-Employment Support) to obtain diverse gainful competitive employments with competitive wages for our Participants.



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Place: Goddard Memorial State Park 1095 Ives Rd. East Greenwich, RI 02818


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Community Living of Rhode Island is located in Warwick, Rhode Island. Office hours are 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday thru Friday We are closed weekends and major holidays, but can be reached by phone 24/7.

  • 349 Centerville Road, Bldg.6, Warwick, RI 02886
  • (401) 739 - 9006
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