In The Company Of Friends (ICOF)

In the Company of Friends (ICOF) offers a flexible, individualized, and person-centered framework where people hire their own staff, increase independence, and foster meaningful relationships.

Each person’s version of a good life — or even a good day — is different. Customized to your specific needs, you have the flexibility to shape what your life looks like through ICOF, picking and choosing support that fits you and not the other way around.

Check out our resources page for supplementary information

Check out our resources page for supplementary information


Possibility Grant

Applications accepted January to April 30th each year

The Possibility Grant is a yearly grant awarded to ICOF Employers. It is an opportunity to dream about something that is important to you.

There are endless possibilities. Your dream could be to:

  • Start a business
  • Purchase something new
  • Plan an event
  • Research your past
  • Go on a fun weekend with friends
  • Participate in sports
  • Go to a sporting event
  • Enjoy the arts – concerts, musicals, ballet
  • Travel

Each year, the fund will have up to $1200 to offer.
It may be divided among several requests or be provided to a single recipient.

Disclaimer: The Possibility Grant is not intended to be used for day to day operations, core staffing or expenses, staff bonuses, donations to other organizations, illegal goods or services

Selection Process

A committee will review applications and determine the recipient(s) of the Possibility Grant. Committee members have a good understanding of ICOF philosophy and are not staff or Board members of LIFE. All applications will be kept confidential.

Grant recipients will be announced at the Innovative Life Options AGM and recipients will be invited to share their stories through our social media and newsletters.

Applications can be mailed or emailed to:

Subject: Possibility Grant

Mail to:
Innovative Life Options
Possibility Grant
4-120 Maryland Street
Winnipeg, MB R3G 1L1


Being the parent of two men lucky enough to be part of ICOF, I am thankful every day for the opportunity to see them living their best life. That means everything! As a board member, I’m truly inspired by the dedication of the staff and board members. Bless you all for all you do!

Wendy, Parent and Board Member

I am grateful for my life. I am grateful that my voice is heard and my choices respected. I get to make up my own decisions with the help of my support network and get to speak out more about how I feel. I am excited that I have the opportunity to explore being an entrepreneur and the people at Innovative Life Options help me to grow stronger. I am grateful for my ability to learn and grow in my relationships.

Sara, ICOF Employer

ICOF has been an outstanding option for our daughter. The staff are very dedicated and compassionate to her needs. Life has helped with her reaching more independence and the opportunity to live in a safe community environment.

Lorraine Lussier, Parent

The ICOF model has been a life changer for our family. All 3 of our children (JBC) are in the program and we have seen so many benefits that have had a tremendous positive impact on their lives. From support networks that plan activities and go on weekend excursions, to the flexibility that allows JBC to tailor a day program that fits their interests and lifestyle. Include the autonomy for JBC and the network being able to select and develop staff that buy into the model and you have the opportunity for JBC to live their best lives. Thank you so much for allowing us to be part of the model.

Dennis and Angela Friesen

Totally love the ICOF model as it has made Anita’s life so much better.
Not sure what I should say…. just know you are all appreciated so much..
Shannon (LIFE Resource Coordinator) you are the very best…. couldn’t do without you….