The H.O.M.E. Society
The H.O.M.E. Society has a deeply rooted history and a clear mission. It was established to address the needs of 16 individuals who had struggled to transition from institutional living back to the community. This initiative was born out of collaboration among managers from five existing societies, family members, and staff from the former institution. The society’s approach emphasizes consolidating support services for quick response, creating a supportive environment and neighborhood, and collaborating with BC Housing and architects to find suitable rural sites. Their mission revolves around offering supportive homes in the community, guided by the Philosophy of Gentle Teaching, and building a network of support through family, friends, and neighbors. The H.O.M.E. Society values ethical conduct, moral duty, responsibility, excellence, honesty, integrity, fairness, and diversity. They focus on providing homes, meaningful work opportunities, therapeutic options, and an open-door policy while emphasizing training and mentoring. Their philosophy centers on creating a culture of gentleness and unconditional love, viewing those they serve as complete individuals with gifts and warmth to share.