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The Creative Living Blog is the place to come to see everything that we've been up to. Our organization is thriving with weekly activities that enrich the lives of so many people.

Creative Living's Collaboration with Andover's TOPS Program to Continue in 2015/2016

Great News!!! Creative Living's collaboration with Andover's TOPS Program is continuing for the 2015/2016 school year!

Now in its third year, the TOPS Overnights program is a collaboration between Creative Living and the  Andover/North Andover Transitional Opportunities Program (TOPS) program to teach independent living skills, build confidence, grow friendships and have FUN!

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Creative Living After School Program with Andover Public Schools Begins on September 8th

Register Now for After School Program!

Creative Living's After School Program is a collaborative program with the Andover Public Schools. Throughout the school year, we provide 39 weeks of after school programming for up to eight developmentally disabled students between the ages of 14 and 22. These after school sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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New Program: Post-Graduate Overnight Assessment Program

To further enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, Creative Living has developed an assessment program that would provide an overnight independent living experience to post-graduate students (ages 18 to 22). This program is being offered to public and private schools during the 2015/2016 school year. This assessment and planning tool would enhance the learning experience by revealing the areas where these students need the most help in gaining a life of independence.

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Creative Living Receives $2,500 grant from the Service Club of Andover for Website Upgrades

Service Club of Andover Logo

The Service Club of Andover (SCA), whose mission is to enrich the lives of area youth and individuals with special needs, recently donated $2,500 to upgrade Creative Living's website.  These improvements will allow our organization to reach more people in our community and beyond through the launch of an informative blog.  Blogging has become one of the most powerful marketing tools and we want to take full advantage of this tool in the most impactful way.

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After School Program Enjoys the Outdoors!

Harlem Globetrotters Watch Out!

The After School Program at Creative Living is a wonderful partnership with the Andover/North Andover Public Schools offering students with developmental disabilities an afternoon of socialization and learning lots of independent life skills.

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Weekend GetAways Give Parents Peace of Mind

The GetAway Weekend program provides respite care for people with developmental disabilities and their families in the Andover community, the Merrimack Valley, Metro Boston and Southern New Hampshire.

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We are Now Scheduling Visits/Tours to Learn More about our Post-Graduate Assessment Program for Schools

Creative Living has been busy providing tours and information regarding its new assessment program for public and private schools. This assessment program features an overnight independent living experience for post-graduate students (ages 18 to 22) during the 2015/2016 school year. This assessment and planning tool prepares transition-age students for a life of independence.

The next Assessment Program is Wednesday Nov. 18th.

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Happy Birthday to our Founder!

Rosalie Ruggiero had a vision many years ago of "Providing a safe, loving, family-oriented environment where parents/guardians could feel comfortable leaving their son or daughter."

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TOPs Overnight Taza Chocolate Factory

Tops program - Taza Chocolate

TOPS Overnights at Creative Living: Independent Life Skills for Transition-Age Students in Andover and North Andover During April's TOPS Overnight, the girls were treated to a tour of the Taza Organic Chocolate Factory in Somerville.

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GetAway Weekends May 2015

GetAway Weekends!
Area's Only Weekend Respite Program

The GetAway Weekend program provides respite care for people with developmental disabilities and their families in the Andover community, the Merrimack Valley, Metro Boston and Southern New Hampshire.

May 2015 GetAway Weekends:

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Donate Your Books to Help Creative Living Raise Money

Are you still Spring Cleaning? Drop off your unwanted books at our "Donate Books" bin. Book donations have helped Creative Living raise much needed funds and it is easy to do! Look for the Donate Books bin in our driveway!

Crafts Galore at Friday Nights Out

Friday Nights Out!

Next Event is May 29! Click here to register.

Please join us for a fun night of games, dancing, art projects, and cooking! Friday Nights Out! is a social club for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities.

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Creative Living's Annual "Over the Rainbow" Calendar Raffle was a Huge Success

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Creative Living's annual "Over the Rainbow" Calendar Raffle was a huge success!

We raised close to $6,000 --  55% increase over last year's raffle!

Click here to see the lucky winners and please make sure you support the businesses who supported us through their donations!