Our History

Mr. Joseph Onyejose and his wife, Mrs. Mary OnyejoseCommunity 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, supporting the adult population with Developmental and Mental health Disabilities, we developed the passion and interest in expanding those learned quality services to the Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities here in in the State of Rhode Island. In the State of Massachusetts we spent several years providing dependable staffing Supports Services to the then Department of Mental Retardation (DMR) and Department of Mental Health (DMH) Provider Agencies, by utilizing our then Staffing Agency “MHSA” that was formed in 1997 for that purpose.

Our journey was borne out of passion for selfless services to humanity, for the advancement of God’s Kingdom here on earth. When we relocated to Rhode Island in 1999, our burning desires to serving individuals with Intellectual Dis abilities brought us in contact with the then 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, Incorporated “CLRI”. Fulfilling a desire by the special grace of God is just the beginning, because this “Life is a journey and never a destination”.

Since our formation, CLRI has become a “place to turn” for support and quality services by parents and family members of individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Our uniqueness in service delivery has brought peace of mind to many families, through full participation and community integration available to the Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. We were able to accomplish these goals by utilizing creativity, resourcefulness, commitment and “the milk of human kindness.”