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CCRI: More Than a Place to Live

Living independently is something most people take for granted. But, for those people managing a physical or mental health disability, living independently is not only challenging but may seem impossible. That’s where CCRI Inc. steps in.

CCRI (Creative Care for Reaching Independence) was founded 35 years ago by a group of families who wanted more for their children who lived with disabilities. They wanted a place where their children could live in a community, not just a facility. Today, the organization serves more than 370 people with a staff of 450 trained caregivers and administrators.

CCRI has a number of programs that help people with disabilities not only live alone but also contribute to the community and create connections in a meaningful way.

Some of the larger programs include:

  • CCRI Prom is a social opportunity for the people CCRI serves. Students from local high schools volunteer to attend dressed in their prom attire to walk in the grand march with anyone who doesn’t have date. “The students had one of the biggest impacts,” said CCRI Executive Director Shannon Bock. This year, 140 individuals walked in the grand march. 
  • Camp H.E.R.O. (Helping Everyone Remove Obstacles), a three-day summer camp where people of all abilities can have fun and enjoy the outdoors while supported by familiar caregivers and nursing staff. 
  • Red River Valley Adaptive Softball Program provides people with disabilities an opportunity to participate in softball, increasing their physical activity and developing social skills.

CCRI does a lot more than giving people a place to live. The organization gives its clients purpose. To learn more about CCRI, visit www.creativecare.org.

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