“Community is about the experience of belonging. We are in community each time we find a place where we belong…to belong is to be related to and a part of something.
So it is not simply about place - it is about relationship"
The Clearwater COG community connections initiatives have been deeply involved in helping to facilitate this shift from an exclusive service based system to one that is more focused on building relationships and connections in the community. The COG has facilitated several trainings and events for county board staff, providers, individuals and families, and community members. This includes quarterly community connections meetings and an Annual Community Connections Conference.