Supported Living 2017-02-21T17:08:59+00:00
Koinonia’s Transportation Services provides the best standard and care for transporting adults who have developmental disabilities. The agency owns and maintains a fleet of over 59 vehicles that travel nearly 300,000 miles each year.

Our Supported Living staff transports individuals to community outings in personal and company-owned vehicles, including a number of wheelchair-accessible vans.

Everyone has different needs. Some of our individuals need drop-in support; some require 24-hour assistance. Our Supported Living services focus on each individual’s specific necessities and preferences. Individuals choose where to live and assert responsibility by paying their living expenses. Personal resources (earned, benefit, and gift income) are first used to meet basic needs and all living expenses (rent, food, utilities, etc.). The result is a more informal, natural support system. Koinonia serves over 50 supported living sites throughout Northeast Ohio.
Settings for service delivery include an individual’s own apartment or small group settings withing the community.
A detailed Individual Service Plan (ISP) is developed with each person using Supported Living service. The ISP, which also serves as a job description for Koinonia) identifies all services and supports necessary for an individual to be successful in the least restrictive setting. A Service and Support Administrator from the County Board of Developmental Disabilities develops the ISP with active input from the individual and guardian, family members, current caregivers, and any other individuals whom the individual would like to include in the process.

The ISP identifies needs in seven key areas: Choices and Options, Income, Housing, Health, Safety, Community Membership, and Personal Satisfaction.

Recognizing that individuals’ needs and preferences change over time, the ISP is a flexible plan which can be adjusted to as needed in the future.

Unique Features of Koinonia’s Supported Living Program:

  • Monthly classes that promote independence and skill-building, as well as building upon skills already learned.
  • A variety of recreational and social activities throughout the community.
  • Our Supported Living staff transports individuals to community outings in personal and company-owned vehicles, including a number of wheelchair-accessible vans.
  • Exercise facilities and nutrition education through our Health and Wellness program.
  • Organized advocacy groups, fitness classes, recreational activities, vacations, and in developing relationships within their own communities.
  • Activities on holidays for those who are not able to be with their families.
  • Supported Living collaborates with Koinonia Enterprise’s Workforce Development program to assist any individual with a documented developmental disability to develop job skills as well as find and retain competitive employment.