Elmira Intentional Community

From "Snow Goose" to "Field of Dreams" to

"Living The Dream"!

Elmira Developmental Support Corporation

The Elmira Developmental Support Corporation (EDSC), incorporated in 2003, is a not-for-profit corporation “dedicated to the development of supportive affordable housing and facilities incidental thereto” for persons with an intellectual disability in and around the Townships of Woolwich, Wellesley and Mapleton Townships.” Its OBJECTS additionally include the creation of housing for “others without an intellectual disability but who create community within the housing complex through the development of relationships and the provision of companionship to people with intellectual disabilities.” The Elmira Developmental Support Corporation is committed to the “promotion of inclusion for persons with an intellectual disability and to further maintain a high quality standard of support for persons supported by Elmira District Community Living (EDCL).“

Artist:  Dorothy Reed

Good Neighbours

Good Friends and Good Neighbours Concept

The need for quality affordable housing is shared by many members of any community. The need for community and the sense of a broader belonging and purpose in the way we live is shared by most. They are fundamental elements of what it means to be human.

The Communities

Snow Goose & Field of Dreams

Snow Goose is a four-plex on a residential street in Elmira that was built in 2008-9 by EDSC with investment from EDCL and in partnership with the Region of Waterloo.

Field of Dreams began more than 40 years ago, when a family had a dream for their community. They donated a 2-acre parcel of land to Elmira District Community Living (EDCL), in the hopes that their gift would permit the creation of housing for adults with intellectual disabilities.

In The Press

Our Communities, Tenants and “Good Neighbours” have been featured in local and national newspapers, highlighting our unique model for Intentional community.