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WELCOME TO H.O.M.E.S. ORIENTATION TRAINING. History of The H.O.M.E. Society. The H.O.M.E. Society was formed to respond to the needs of 16 individuals who had not succeeded in previous attempts to leave institutional life and return to the community.

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welcome to h o m e s



History of

The H.O.M.E. Society

The H.O.M.E. Society was formed to respond to the needs of 16 individuals who had not succeeded in previous attempts to leave institutional life and return to the community.

The society grew out of a coalition of managers from 5 existing societies, family members and staff from the former institution.

Finally there was a major focus on the environment and neighborhood. Homes were designed to allow the men and women we serve to succeed despite challenging behaviors. Working closely with BC Housing and the architects enabled us to find rural sites, which allowed distance from neighbors' and enough space and options to allow energetic and productive living in a community setting.

The H.O.M.E.S Philosophy

The H.O.M.E Society believes 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.

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 cont.

The H.O.M.E. 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.

The H.O.M.E.S philosophy is one where by, the needs; rights and wishes of the individual are paramount. H.O.M.E.S recognizes that the values, beliefs, and life histories of all participants color each perspective.

The Mission & Value Statement
  • H.O.M.E.S. is committed to:
  • Welcoming men and women who need a supportive home in the community by embracing the Philosophy of Gentle Teaching.
  • Linking with family, friends and neighbors’ to provide a circle of support for those we serve
  • Supporting the community in which we live and work, contributing to the local economy, agencies and events, and sharing the gifts and skills of those within the H.O.M.E. Society.
  • Our Values:
  • Ethical Conduct
  • Awareness of moral duty
  • Responsibility and accountability in all aspects of our operations
  • Pursuit of excellence
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Fairness and equality
  • The celebration of cultural, ethnic, and spiritual diversity
h o m e s office staff

Cam Dore`Executive Director

Dave LappinAdult Services Manager

Shelley RathQuality Improvement Manager

Diane HenrySupported Family Care Manager

Fern Miles Nurse/ Human Resources

h o m e s office staff1

Joan Finnsson Administrative Assistant

Naomi Woo Payroll/Office Manager

Kim McLaren Accountant

MargyKlemsAccounts Payable

h o m e s office staff2

Kristen Finnsson ShareVision

Ashley Cross Activity Planner

Tina LakeyOffice Assistant

Bryce SchaufelbergerComputer Lab Tech

Joe Rikley Computer Lab Tech

Community Partnerships

H.O.M.E.S believes that establishing effective community partnerships with external resources enhances the care and support we provide. It is through these partnerships that we are able to be proactive and provide the best care possible to the folks we support.

A few of our community partners are:

  • Local Police
  • Hospitals
  • Crown Counsel
  • PAC
  • Licensing
  • Legal Aid
  • Riverview
  • Forensics
  • CLBC
Ongoing Psychiatric and Counseling Services

Most of the men and women we support

have a dual diagnosis.

We contract for both Psychiatric and Counseling support. Both are in house.

This is paramount in eliminating common wait lists and providing the needed supports in a timely fashion.

services provided
Services Provided

Licensed Homes

Single/Two Person Homes

Supported Family Care

Work Experience and Opportunities

Independent Living

Respite Services

licensed homes
Licensed Homes

Licensed Homes are homes where three or more people live. These homes must be licensed under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act .

All licensed homes in BC adhere to the Adult Care Regulations as outlined in the Act.

Usually, a more structured home for folks with varying disabilities. Many have high health and medical needs.

single two person homes
Single-Two Person Homes

Typically, folks who live in this model have not done well in multi person homes.

Usually a history of assaultive or self harm tendencies.

Often dual-diagnosed with a combination of a developmental disability, mental health issue (schizophrenia, bi-polar etc.) or, of an organic origin like Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Borderline Personality and others.

single two person homes cont
Single-Two Person Homes cont..

Usually start with 24hr 1:1 support and progress to shared support and often, a Family Care model.

Despite being seen as the most challenging, often thrive in a small circle of Family Care Support.

Where Do “Families” Come From?

The most successful come from existing caregivers in a group home.

They spend time with individuals, introduce them to their families, welcome them to their homes on a casual basis.

Often starts with overnights or weekend respite.

Are often younger with small children.

Families: Home is Where the Heart Is

The title says it all…time and time again we have seen those once seen with labels such as; “most challenging” or the “most difficult to place” thrive not when surrounded by highly trained staff, but by a small stable, loving family.

When the playing field is leveled and we seek companionship instead of control, when caregivers and those in care are encouraged and mentored to show warmth and love…an amazing thing happens…relationships!!!

we all need family
We All Need Family

Families are a basic element in a persons life that have allowed most of us to learn, to trust and to feel unconditional love.

We should be learning to feel safe and loved in our families.

Many of those we serve have never had that opportunity or have been moved from home to home countless times.

A Supported Family Care Model re-creates this basic feature of positive and stable families.

Transition Obstacles

Unions – work with the unions to see that they can grow… not lose members and dues if they can be flexible

Peoples’ homes cannot be 24/7 staffed homes with union boards and rigid scheduling

Housing – not all potential Family Care Operators have the appropriate home to provide care. The agency may need to lease or renovate homes to meet the needs of all involved.

Making the lifestyle transition required - make no mistake it is a “lifestyle change” but one that comes with many advantages as well

What Can the Agency Do to Provide support?

Provide unionized, flexible caregivers to the family on an on-going basis

Create a safety net for caregivers to try Family Care without fear of job loss i.e. provide a Leave of Absence from their current position…..

Have instant 24hr. crisis response available

Provide networking/support opportunities for all

Family Care Operators

Stay involved….create work/social opportunities to keep those in care connected.

Crisis Response

“Run to the crisis………walk through the door”

The H.O.M.E. Society is a leader in effective crisis response. All members of the management team are on call and available 24/7 to assist and lend a hand in all crisis. You’re as likely to see the Executive Director at 1am as you would any manager.


“Planning Alternative Futures with Hope”

A P.A.T.H is a facilitated, social process that helps an individual focus on achieving a positive and possible future.

The process involves certain key people such as the individual (the Pathfinder), a Path Facilitator, a graphic recorder and people who are important to the Pathfinder.

P.A.T.H. Cont.

“Planning Alternative Futures with Hope”

A P.A.T.H. is a powerful planning tool, but in addition, and, perhaps even more importantly, it is a very powerful tool for invitation, innovation, community-building and commitment-building.  

A P.A.T.H offers a broad view of the person’s vision for their own life, a vision sometimes developed in collaboration with friends and family members, especially when people have great difficulty communicating.

P.A.T.H. Cont.

“Planning Alternative Futures with Hope”

required training credentials

Food Safe


Within the First

Six Months

of Being Hired


Medical Inservice

Gentle Teaching

Welcome to H.O.M.E.S Orientation Training

required training credentials1

NVCIP - Bi-Annually



CPIC - Every Five Years

Drivers Abstract - Annually

First Aid/CPR - Every Three Years

person home specific training

Home Specific NVCIPTraining

Medication Training

Focus on Nutrition

Occupational Therapy Training

training learning opportunities
Training & Learning Opportunities

Every H.O.M.E Society employee is eligible for an annual education grant of $150.00.

The H.O.M.E Society has an education info table in the training room.

We also have a “Work Safe” info centre in the training room.


Program Coordinator 2= Supervisor of a Licensed Home.

Program Coordinator 1

1.Team Leader of a Licensed Home. (The PC 1 assists the PC 2)

2. Team Leader of a single/two person home.


HOMES is very excited to be using the Com Vida (EMS) online scheduling system.

These are just a few of the benefits of using EMS:

Up to date availability for casual and PT employees.

Eliminates unnecessary phone calls

Consistent seniority updates

Eliminates the needs for a paper system.

Access on any computer.

Supported Family Care Payroll

All timesheets must be signed by the SFC Operator, or the SFC Manager

Please indicate the payroll dates on the timesheet

Please ensure you put your SFC employee number at the top of the sheet.

Employee #




Pay Period


Total hours

Employee #





Pay Period

Total hours

Color Coding




H.O.M.E.S utilizes Sharevision software not only to present a well informed public website, but also to store data relating to the services we provide. As we move farther along the electronic path, we will begin to transform most of our administrative functions over to the website. This includes forms, policies, payroll and scheduling.

Each of the individual’s we support has their very own website.

We encourage you to visit our site and keep informed of all the latest happenings at the H.O.M.E. Society.

H.O.M..E.S offers ShareVision training on a regular basis.


At H.O.M.E.S, we are very proud of our home on the web. Our website has a wealth of information, not only for visitors world wide, but for everyone involved with our society.

All of H.O.M.E. Society employees and contractors have their own personalized homesociety.ca email address. Having this email address will help keep the lines of communication flowing and end the need to send paper paystubs and memo’s.

Please feel free to explore our site and make any helpful suggestions you have.



About us

Apply Online

Employee related




More helpful info

Get Involved!

Social Events

Newsletter Committee

Labor Management Committee

Health & Safety Committee

Mount Lehman Fair


H.O.M.E.S received a three year Accreditation status in June 2007 from C.C.H.S.A. (Canadian Council of Health Services Accreditation) Accreditation is an ongoing process whereby we measure our services against a set of national standards. For our next accreditation, we will be following CARF standards. CARF is well known among Community Living Agencies in BC.

Continuing Quality Improvement is the foundation of the accreditation process and we are consistently exploring new avenues and ideas of how we can improve our services to both employees and the folks we support.

An example of C.Q.I. is:

H.O.M.E.S distributes satisfaction surveys to all of our employees, contractors and partners and stakeholders. The information gathered is crucial to guide us in improving our services and supports.

Leading The Way

The H.O.M.E. Society is consistently leading the way in the following areas:

Creating Websites

Focus on Nutrition



Support Group

Gentle Teaching
  • We are the home of GTI - Gentle Teaching International- www.gentleteaching.com
  • We have visitors from throughout the world looking at our homes and sharing our learning
  • We are mentored by John McGee
  • The goal of Gentle Teaching is companionship
Gentle Teaching is...

Focusing on being kind, nurturing, and loving toward marginalized children and adults—those who have been pushed to the edge of family or community life.

Helping those who have sorrowful life-stories feel safe with us and loved by us and others.

Helping those who have inherent vulnerabilities such as extreme poverty, homelessness, mental disability or mental illness feel safe with us and loved by us and others.

Mending broken hearts — hearts that have been broken by tragic life stories or by the particular nature of a mental or emotional disability.

Gentle Teaching is Not..

A behavioral or behavior modification approach that uses reward and punishment to change behaviors rather it is based on unconditional love.

A "whatever works" approach rather one that looks at broadening and deepening a sense of companionship and community as a life-project.

A fast and easy approach toward helping others, but one that calls on deep commitment and dedication on the part of caregivers.

Gentle Teaching is Not.. cont

Just a way to look at changing someone else’s reality, but first asking us to look at our own reality and make it warmer and more loving.

Simply a technique but also a psychology of human interdependence.

Safe, Loved, Loving, and Engaged

Gentle Teaching is based on a psychology of human interdependence. It asks caregivers to look at themselves and their spirit of gentleness to find ways to express warmth and unconditional love toward those who are the most disenfranchised from family and community life. It views our role as critical and requires a deep commitment to personal and social change.

It starts with ourselves, our warmth toward others, our willingness to give without any expectation of receiving anything in return, and our intense desire to form feelings of companionship and community with those who are the most pushed to the very edge of society.

Gentle Teaching focuses on four essential feelings that need to be taught to those who are served— safe, loved, loving, and engaged. Caregivers not only need to ensure that those whom they serve are safe, but, more importantly, feel safe.

H.O.M.E.S Organizational Chart

Board of Directors

Betty Lappin-(Acting) President

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Executive Director

Cam Dore

Manager of Accounting

Kim McLaren

Manager of

Payroll& Benefits

Naomi Woo

Manager of Human Resources

Fern Miles

Manager of Adult Services

Dave Lappin

Manager of Quality Improvement

Shelley Rath

Manager of S.F.C

Diane Henry

Office Assistant

Tina Lakey

Manager of Maintenance

Josh Van Vugt

Administrative Assistant

Joan Finnsson

Contract Services

Ken Caravetta

Accounting Clerk

Margy Klems

“I’ve Been Down That Road”
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A few summer’s ago, we produced and released our latest DVD. “I’ve Been Down That Road". It was first shown in Ghent, Belgium at the Gentle Teaching International Conference. "It moved them to tears" "Very powerful"

We had asked 10 of the men and women we support to meet with the video directors and tell them "what was life like before you came to HOMES", "What is life like now"

and "What do you think made the difference"

The young men and women were asked to speak for HOMES. This is their story.