At HOMES (Healthy Opportunities for Meaningful Experience Society), we currently support nearly seventy individuals in the rolling hills of the Fraser Valley about an hour east of Vancouver, BC.
We support individuals in traditional shared homes of four persons, individual homes with one or two persons and we have many Supported Family Care homes. We train our caregivers in a philosophy of Gentle Teaching and our mentoring from John McGee has led to the formation of Gentle Teaching International, which is better known as GTI.
GTI works worldwide to support Gentle Teaching through the www.gentleteaching.com web page. We put aside the traditional models of control, compliance and building independence – for a philosophy of gentleness, companionship, caring, and building inter-dependence and community. Gentle Teaching Training DVDs available at GTI site
The HOME Society has been providing warm caring homes for over 17 years. That’s lots of homes often isolated from each other and neighbours. We have recently been learning as much as possible about Cohousing and we have partnered with the Canadian Cohousing Network to form the Affordable Cohousing Network. Over the next few years we will work to make sure the the men and women we support and the families they live with have the opportunity to experience the rich community found in cohousing. We are committed to learning how to make cohousing affordable and with our partners at Habitat for Humanity and our history of building using sweat equity we expect to see affordable cohousing in our future. Check out the Affordable Cohousing site.
Our story has recently been documented in a 55 minute DVD entitled “I’ve been down that road” It’s available for viewing and purchase online. This DVD is the story of 10 of the young men and women referred to HOMES when there appeared to be no other options. They came from jails, the Forensic Institution, Willow Clinic, many failed placements and the streets. The DVD documents their climb back out despair and endless failure to a home and worth in the community.
CARF International accreditation demonstrates a program’s quality, transparency, and commitment to the satisfaction of the persons served. CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. Toll free (888) 281-6531.