Supported Independent Living (SIL)
The Supported Independent Living (SIL) Program provides community-based supports and services to adults at risk of further, or potential risk of, involvement in the justice system.
Our services are provided to our clients through unique individualized programs, implemented with daily supports, involving building life skills, gaining a wealth of community connections – with an ongoing goal of contributing to positive self-development through client-identified goals.
We believe that the personal growth taking place in this program, contributes to long-lasting self-worth and individual development, which keeps our clients out of the justice system, and engaging as confident members of our London community.
Our clientele reaches Brantford and St. Thomas, with a large majority residing in our beautiful city of London, Ontario! Our clients are receiving a range of supports to meet their needs in all areas of life as an adult, including but not limited to:
- household management
- hygiene and daily routines
- grocery shopping and meal preparation
- scheduling and attending appointments
- employment and educational goals
- planning and participating in recreational or leisure activities all of which promote a safe and healthy lifestyle
In addition to providing support with independence, other areas of focus include advocacy, crisis prevention and resolution, family relationships, counseling, and therapeutic partnerships. We connect our clients to various other community services so that their repertoire of supports and resources suits their unique needs.
What does a typical day of support look like in the SIL Program?
A typical day of support can range from purchasing groceries, accessing community resources, completing laundry or cooking, or attending appointments and activities. Clients work with a SIL team member daily to create a structure for their support time that meets their needs at that time. As goals are established or accomplished, the client and staff will often make a plan for the next planned support.
How does a SIL Team staff member spend their day while not with clients?
While support is often provided in person, it can also be through finding resources, advocacy, researching potential recreational activities, and linking with community services and partnerships that will positively benefit our clients.
How often should I expect to be in contact with staff as a client of SIL?
The team understands that our clients often have busy personal lives so we work with each client individually to plan out support that will meet their unique needs and suit their preferred communication style. Support schedules are established to ensure our clients are receiving the support they desire, in a manner that works best for them.
How can someone be referred as a client for SIL?
All referrals are processed through Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). An Application for Development Support Services (ADSS), as well as a Support Intensity Scale (SIS) assessment are required, prior to being placed on the wait list for services. Please contact your local DSO for details.