Community Living Six Nations held their grand opening last Friday to introduce their new café called the Creative Energy Café & Ceramic Shop which is located right beside their gift shop in the village of Ohsweken.
Community Living Six Nations, or Ronatahskats, is a program designed to integrate and include Haudenosaunee community members with disabilities as fully as possible. A variety of programs are offered including: education, recreation, and some that are centered around work opportunities as well. It is expected that some Ronatahskats members will be finding work placements at the new café.
Community Living offers a variety of living arrangements ranging from small one-bedroom houses to group homes and the staff ensures that participants are living to their fullest potential. This works two-fold for Six Nations: It brings the expertise and proven program models to the participants in their own community so they have the benefit of not having to travel or reside outside their community. Secondly, by allowing the participants to work and contribute as well as interact with the community, there is an economic benefit and the ability to dispel myths and misconceptions around disabilities.
Ronatahskats also offers Day Programs from Monday – Friday which includes trips to the Pancake House, book stores, movies and swimming.
The new cafe is located in the Community Living Gift Shop building at 1676 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken. To find out more about Community Living Six Nations, you can contact them at 519-445-4420, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.mtsnativeservices.ca.