In the early 1980’s, a growing human rights movement was sweeping across North America. The Community Living movement recognized that long-term placement in institutions only served to isolate individuals with developmental disabilities from society, limiting opportunities for development and growth and increasing the possibility for abuse. The philosophy stresses that all people have a place in community, regardless of their need for additional supports.
RSCL was founded by a group of parents who wanted more for their children than institutional living. These parents shared the vision of community inclusion and formed the Richmond Society for Special People.
The organization began providing after-school care for children and youth with special needs in April of 1982. The following year Pendleton House opened its doors to provide respite care to children and teens. In the fall of 1986, Richmond Society for Special People opened an Adult Residential program, with a life skills program beginning the following year offered in partnership with Kwantlen College. May 1989 saw the addition of two residential programs and two day programs for adults.
In December 1989, the organization changed its name to Richmond Society for Community Living. RSCL has continued to expand services to meet the needs of individuals living with developmental disabilities, and their families.
Today, programs and services assist each individual to develop skills which contribute to independence and well-being. This includes early intervention for infants at risk; access to supported child care and preschool for children with additional support needs; out of school care and transition planning for teens with disabilities; life-skills training, employment services and residential options for adults with a disability who wish to live outside their family home. We offer a continuum of care throughout the lifespan that allows the individuals in our programs—and their family members—to dream, plan, learn and grow.