Mission & History

Mission & History


CLI strives to provide an individualized, quality continuum of services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We ensure the people we serve have equitable access to the same opportunities as does the community at large, and we do so in a fiscally and responsible manner. Learn more about how CLI works.



Community Living, Inc. was founded in 1979 as a not-for-profit agency, providing residential and support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Frederick County. We began with two homes owned by the State of Maryland, each with six to eight residents. These people had been living at home with their families, or at the Rosewood Center and Henrytown institutions outside of Baltimore. Originally, Community Living residents had the option of attending one of only two day programs offered in this area – the Scott Key Center, then housed at Rock Creek School, or the Jeanne Bussard Workshop, working from an old school on Ice Street. Day program services have come a long way since then. Today, Community Living manages nearly 30 homes throughout Frederick, and provides in-home, vocational and day habilitation support to numerous other individuals. We take it as a compliment when neighbors says they never realized agency homes are “special” or different in any way from the others in the neighborhood.

We currently have more than 300 dedicated and hardworking staff serving the needs of Community Living’s more than 160 individuals. Our daily operations are sustained by funding from the Developmental Disabilities Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, but we also receive support from volunteers, individual fees, grants, fundraisers and private donations in order to maintain high standards for our the people we serve.