Connections for Information and Resources
on Community Living (CIRCL)

4171 Starkes Grade Road
Placerville, CA 95667-9204
(530) 644-6653

Updated 10/5/11



Our First Conversation was

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A World Café on Inclusive Communities and Economic Sustainability: Holding on to what matters in community living as public money grows more scarce.

We want to thank all of you for contributing your ideas and wisdom it was an amazing start for us to begin a journey of discovering what is possible. I want to thank my co-hosts Amy Lenzo and Ben Roberts of WeDialogue for hosting our first vitrual call together; Amanda George of EITAS and helensandersonassociates for delivering our cafe questions; Brianna Donofrio for being our scribe; Justin Donofrio for our graphic recording and Becky Donofrio for our closing poem. Our event was successful to all of your contributions and especially all that attended and offered their own expereinces and wisdom. Enjoy our first of many conversations to come. This will be a journey that will grow over time. I look forward to our next experience.

In appreciation


Cafe Questions and Reflections


Visual Recording





CIRCL's mission is to create opportunities for building and sharing individual, organizational
and community strengths in Community living.
More about what we do!

Our history
In the 2010 gathering Claudia shared the tool called History maps. This tool Gathers lessons from the past while acknowledging accomplishments. Use this best-selling Graphic Guide® to draw out and illustrate a group's past, tracking where the organization has been in order to define where it is headed. This is an excellent way for bringing a team together, orienting new staff, and identifying values and core capabilities and building a sense of pride and accomplishment for an individual.  You can obtain more information and purchase information at CLICK Here to see our history

New resources!

California’s IHSS Program

Updated 7/11/08 Preparing for Your IHSS Assessment or Review

Section 8 Home Choice Voucher Program

Supported Living: A Good Life!

It's here! This guide was developed by Partners in Advocacy Consulting for CIRCL. It's colorful, it's informative, it's great! Here's the all states (and countries) version.


The Toolbox has arrived!

This 442 page document can help supported living agencies develop a toolbox of information, materials and resources for helping everyone learn about supported living.

SLS Assessment in Spanish was provided by Carlos Ramirez of Steps to Independence. The assessment was developed by SLS providers and is used across agencies in the East Bay area of Northern California.


A Guide to Single Household Supported Living Services

This comprehensive guide was developed by Kathi Campbell and Joan Schmidt, two [young] pioneers in developing supported living services.

Summary of Moving Out Forum

In February, 2004, CIRCL co-sponsored a forum on the issues and challenges involved in helping people move from developmental centers into their own homes and communities. Michael Smull facilitated; for a copy, email


A list of available consultants who can provide assistance in a variety of areas related to supported living services.

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