Individuals seeking support with PCL, who live in the Waterloo Region, should contact Developmental Services Resource Centre Waterloo Region for children and Developmental Services Ontario for adults.
PCL’s homes, located in several residential neighbourhoods throughout the Waterloo region, provide a loving, safe, family type environment for the individuals who live there. Since it’s inception in 1986, PCL has been committed to ensuring the physical, emotional, and social well being for all persons in its care. Qualified staff assist with the preparation of nutritionally balanced meals and accompany residents to appointments, community activites and social events. Each individual has a annual plan of care developed to facilitate their goals and dreams.
The level of staffing varies from home to home, depending upon the needs of the individuals who live there. PCL is dedicated to providing quality care and the support necessary to encourage “personal growth and independence, allowing each person to live with dignity as a valued member of the community.”
Developmentally challenged individuals, who still live with their families, can take advantage of PCL’s respite supports. A home away from home, respite provides the individual with a change of scenery in a loving, safe home environment supported by PCL’s qualified staff. Caregivers are given a short break from the 24-hour care that they provide. Respite helps to keep families living together longer.
We provide respite for over 50 families yearly and many more need our help! Many of the children that are on the wait list are not able to be supported anywhere else in the region.
Our Adult Respite home is located on St. Charles street in Breslau. The home supports 5 adults on a permanent basis and 8 adults each weekend, Friday – Sunday. This home was relocated from the Evelyn Crescent home to it’s current location in January 2018.
Our Children’s Respite is located on Malabar Drive in Waterloo. This is home to 2 children on a permanent basis and 4 children for respite.
DREAM Club Day Program
DREAM Club is a day program that operates Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Participants enjoy a full day of sports, arts and crafts, music, brain and sensory activities as well as cultural outings. Families and individuals can use their Passport funds to purchase services that meet their needs, be it once a week or five days a week.
Computer Apprenticeship Program (CAP)
Computer Apprenticeship Program provides developmentally disabled youth between the ages of 16 and 24 with marketable job skills which will enhance their ability to live and work independently within the community. The program is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant and was created in cooperation with the Waterloo Region District School Board, Waterloo Catholic District School Board and Wilmot Technologies. In 2016 50 youth from 13 local high schools have been trained. The program is in demand with a wait list of students wanting to participate and/or return for advanced Training.
Want to see more? Check out this great video!
PCL Computer Apprenticeship Progam Video
Testimonial December 2016 – From a parent whose son is a participant in the Computer Apprenticeship Program
Our son has always struggled with knowing what direction his life would take him after finish school. His main enjoyment has always been working on the computer, but without the skills to do something marketable on the computer we did not see that his future would involve computers except on a recreational level.
When he heard about the CAP Program through his Life skills teacher at school, we immediately enrolled him in the course. And we are so thankful he was able to get in. He has excelled at the program and is often telling us it is his favorite part of his week. He always looks forward to Wednesday and Thursday mornings. As noted by his worker that goes with him, his focus while completing tasks (something he often struggles with) has been impressive.
We have a new found hope that he may be able to continue with this program and once finished can find some employment where he can use the skills he has acquired at this program
Summer camps are run through PCL’s children respite program. Individualized day supports are provided to adults living in our homes as well as through funded initiatives. After school supports are also available.