At Garth Homer Society we refer to our programs as teams. All seven of our teams are formed around the interests, strengths, and needs of the people we support. For example clients who have an interest in developing their artistic abilities participate in ArtWorks whereas those who wish to develop their independence through community volunteering join the Community Access Team. All teams have activities and programming that promote independence and participation in the community.
Clients who want to obtain paid employment in their community join this team. Everyone is supported by a job coach who assists them to obtain their chosen job. Once at the work site they receive the training and support they require to be successful in their employment.
ArtWorks is for people who want to develop their artistic abilities. In ArtWorks they learn new skills in a supported studio environment. They also participate in their community by exhibiting their art.
COMMUNITY ACCESS TEAM
The Community Access Team (CAT) supports people who are interested in developing their independence in community through volunteering. Every day clients give back to their community in a meaningful way - whether by volunteering with seniors, clearing outdoor trails or recycling for Africa. They gain new skills, confidence and pride in themselves and their communities.
People who have difficulty expressing themselves may be interested in Discovery because this team provides many opportunities for developing people’s abilities for self-expression and making personal choices. Whether volunteering in the community or joining a musical activity everyone gains from the fun, high energy activities in Discovery.
People who come to the DREAMS Team like to be out in their community and they want to learn to do more independently. They may need extra support to be safe and to do the things they want to do, to the extent that they are supported one-to-one.
The Pathways team provides activities tailored to the interests and abilities of adults with developmental disabilities who are aging. In Pathways everyone gets to choose what they want to do. They also choose a pace that is right for them, whether going out into the community or joining a quieter activity in the Pathways rooms at the Garth Homer Centre.
People who come to STARR have an interest in being out in their community. Because of their behavioural or emotional support needs they require some extra support to be safe and to do the things they want to do.