Our History

(ACL) was originally formed by a service club and a group of parents who were concerned about a lack of services for their children living with a mental disability.  The inaugural meeting of the Interlake Association for Retarded Children, was held September 23, 1965.On July 6, 1973, the Association changed its name to the Canadian Association for the Mentally Retarded – Interlake Branch (C.A.M.R.).  On February 26, 1986 the name, Association for Community Living – Interlake Branch, was filed in the Corporation and Business Names Branch, Province of Manitoba.

In 1965, the new organization established a private school for children living with a mental disability as they were not accepted into the public school system.  Legislation changes in 1966 mandated school divisions to provide education for all children living with a disability.  The Interlake School Division acted quickly and moved the small class to Edward Best School.

The Association turned to vocational services for adults living with mental disabilities.  They opened an occupational centre in January, 1969. A new building was erected in 1970-71 through the efforts of the Stonewall Kinsman Club and the Association.  An addition was added in 1983 and the name changed to the “Arris Centre”.   In 1992 to meet a growing demand for their services, CLI built a new building that housed our day programs, vocational training and offices until February 2 of 2015

Our New home – 307 Main Street

In recognition of our 50th anniversary and our continued commitment to provide the best care to our clients, CLI has purchased a 10,000 square foot empty storefront in a prominent location on Main Street Stonewall (307 Main Street).  We relocated to 307 Main Street on February 2nd 2015.

The core of this structure is an 1882 rubble stone building, typical of the original Stonewall Main Street businesses.   The organization is currently in the process of upgrading and renovating this new facility for their use. This new facility will provide space for day programs for up to 50 adults and room to amalgamate our administrative functions.  The second floor apartment will provide additional housing for clients of Community Living disAbility Services. This larger space will also give us the opportunity to develop new options for skills training through our new nonprofit business, the Global Garage and Art House (GGAH) and D&D Cakes and Cafe a future retail/training businesses that will be designed to reflect a coffee house/small performance venue theme .