Who we are & what we do
Creative Living is a non-profit organization that provides affordable, wheelchair accessible housing for individuals with physical disabilities who desire to further their education, pursue careers and contribute to the community. Our residents are empowered to be self-sufficient and lead full, productive lives while independently managing their disabilities.
Our Inspiration, Nov. 19, 1963
The Ohio State Lantern carried a front page article titled, “Student injured in football game”. It was the championship football game between Phi Delta Theta and another fraternity. In the last play of the game, Dick "Max" Maxwell was scoring a touchdown when he was injured, breaking his neck. After two years of surgeries and rehabilitation, Dick returned to classes with the help of his mother, fraternity brothers and high school friends who lifted his manual wheelchair for him to attend classes in the then-inaccessible OSU buildings.
Creative Living was founded in Columbus, Ohio by OSU professionals and community members.
It solved the housing dilemma for physically disabled individuals who needed some assistance but still desired to live on their own. They could improve their quality of life and become as independent as possible. Creative living opened 18 apartments in September 1974. Because it was filled to capacity and the need for such housing was growing, Creative Living II was built and opened 16 more apartments in August 1986.
Creative Living continues to be recognized as an innovative, cost-effective alternative to skilled nursing facilities.
Our residents are grateful to Creative Living; they have fuller and richer lives because of the opportunity to develop their potential while residing with us.
Creative Living Values
- We provide and encourage dignity and respect for all individuals.
- We enable improved quality of life through affordable, accessible, secure housing.
- We provide independence for our residents with the Resident Assistance Program.
- We promote involvement in the community.
- We inspire our residents to grow and reach their potential.