We Welcome Diversity
The HOME Society has honored the cultures and traditions of the men and women we support. We have contracted with First Nations Elders to lead us in ceremonies including, smudging, pipe ceremonies, drumming, talking circles and sweats. We continue to support the First Nations men and women by surrounding them with care givers who respect their traditions and come from a variety of First Nations and Métis communities and backgrounds.
In the Fraser valley we are also able to hire a significant number of caregivers who are Asian and Indo Canadian in background. We value their traditions and try to learn and adapt to support the young men and women from Asian backgrounds as their families and grand parents would wish. This includes visits to the temples, traditional food and caregivers that are familiar with the language spoken in the family home.
We Teach Gentleness
We believe that people with disabilities should enjoy the rights and responsibilities of all citizens. They should participate in decision-making in all aspects of their lives and should be fully included in their community.
The HOME Society has adopted a philosophy of Gentleness as advocated by Dr. John McGee, Ph.D. The goal of Gentle Teaching is companionship. Rather than try to change those we serve we seek to change ourselves and the environment to allow those we serve to feel safe, loved, loving and engaged. John McGee has trained many of our key staff as mentors. John has done many hands-on sessions in our homes and has completed training across the province that involved 250 staff.
We Prevent Confilict
We are aware that conflict can arise in many aspects of the delivery of services to people with disabilities. There are many people and organizations involved in the process of service delivery, including the individual, the family, the care givers, supervisory staff, the Board, the funding agencies, community monitoring groups, members of the community and many more.
Home Society believes that communication plays a key role in the prevention of conflict. Hence, each perspective carries its own merit and must be heard and considered. Furthermore, we believe that if our perspectives are presented respectfully and in a rational manner they are more likely to be considered. Finally, we believe that in most instances of conflict there is a common goal, which is the person we serve. We see ourselves, necessarily, in a leadership role in the process that will result in recognition of the common goal and establishment of a process, which will allow us to work toward it. Norman Kunc is a well known advocate and consultant.
We Support Rights
H.O.M.E.S also welcomes the families and other significant persons in the lives of disabled persons be they former staff, friends or professionals. It is hoped that their experience and caring will assist the men and women we serve to live in the community as dignified and valued citizens. Furthermore, their participation will enable people to live richer and more satisfying lives and will assist H.O.M.E.S in ensuring a good quality of care.
The H.O.M.E.S philosophy is one where by, the needs; rights and wishes of the individual are paramount. These are, however, often established on a less than fully objective basis. H.O.M.E.S recognizes that the values, beliefs, and life histories of all participants color each perspective.