In February 1986, a small group of parents living in Mill
Woods met to discuss a community living arrangement for their multiply
Several options were explored including individualized
funding arrangements within the family homes, specialized foster care
and other residential programs. The group carefully considered each of
the options and all agreed that the best living arrangement for their
children at that time would be a four bedroom home in Mill Woods,
located near the families, and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
with rehabilitation staff.
After becoming incorporated as a non-profit society in
October 1986. The Society submitted a formal service proposal to Alberta
Social Services, which approved in principle in June 1987.
In November 1987, the Society recruited seven board
members, consisting of professionals and interested community members
(including two parents). Strategic planning took place and several
working committees were struck, including finance, fundraising, policy,
facilities and personnel.
Construction of the house began in July 1988 and was
completed in October 1988. Staff was hired, and the residents moved into
their new home in November 1988.
The Society also supports the individuals in a day
program that enables them to access the community. The individuals
participate in enjoyable and meaningful leisure activities and community
The home continues to operate through the Society, thanks
to the involvement, commitment and caring by parents and families, a
dedicated staff, and volunteer board and committee members.