At Onondaga Community Living we start with you. We have no home or vacancy for you to consider. We, instead, work with you and your loved ones to ensure that the right home and living arrangement is set up for you. Our residential support services are based on personalized attention and one to one staff support. Each home and living arrangement is set up differently based upon the wishes and desires of the person who comes to us.

Our goal is to fit our support services around your needs, not fit you in to a support system that is already developed. This may sound simple but there will be much for us to talk about as we get to know each other. Once a determination is made to pursue this agency for residential support, we will spend a great deal of time talking with you and your loved ones.

Shane & SpanielMost people we support choose not to live with other people with disabilities, and we respect that. But if you have a friend that you choose to live with, we will respect that also. People who typically have come to us are not interested in the traditional group living arrangement or in structured apartment services where you have no choice on location. People have also come to us who have had complex needs that require 24-hour supervision but have not succeeded in traditional programs. We listen to understand:

  • What your interests are.
  • What personal connections you have that you would like to maintain.
  • What brings out the best in you, what we need to avoid that does not work for you.
  • Where your vulnerabilities lie.
  • What safeguards need to be put in place.
  • What community you would like to live in.
  • What kind of home would you feel most comfortable in .
  • The people or type of person you would like to live with.

Everyone’s answers to the above questions are different. Some people end up renting an apartment, some live in the country, some live in the neighborhood that they grew up in, some live in a home that the family purchased, some live in a home that they themselves own. Some know of a person that they want to live with, others know the type of person but look to us for help. Once we have better understood your needs, we will then work with you to design a comprehensive package that will meet your needs whether you need us a few days a week or 24 hours a day.

For more information, contact Daniel Kelley 315-434-9597 ext. 203 or danielk@oclinc.org