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About Journey House
What is Journey House?
Journey House is a Canadian Registered Charity (charity no. 77320 6693 RR0001) that specifically focuses on support for individuals with developmental and intellectual challenges by promoting independent living skills and relationship building. While also encouraging an overall sense of belonging through integrated community living, these individuals live and learn together. In addition to the basic functions of a home, Journey House relies heavily on a Relational Model of living to provide an environment which supports participation in holistic, inclusive, and interactive creative daily living. This allows for a person-centred approach to foster independence, encourage experience, and create value through authentic connections with other residents and the community.
Purpose of Journey House
Our purpose is primarily to aid young adults with developmental disabilities by gaining the skills and experience necessary to achieve and sustain greater independence. Though each resident may require a varying degree of assistance based on their own unique skills and experience when joining the JH program, it is easily adapted to best suit the individual, with daily living and learning. Once given basic guidelines alongside an environment that encourages active participation and a facilitator to model various life skills, independent living will occur naturally. This is further guaranteed as a result of daily living within a home surrounded by others residents, guidance from the live-in facilitator, and outside assistance (i.e. life coach or other support workers). The ultimate goal is for a resident to become capable of leaving the Journey House program with the skills to live and sustain a healthy and productive life.
How Success is Measured
The Journey House program allows for many increments for success to be measured because of the unique set up. Daily, weekly, and monthly progress is possible for any resident of the home in a variety of ways. Sometimes progress goes unseen or unrealized because of how subtle some life skills are. Values are also different for all residents and parties involved and success can be hard to measure and appreciate. Regardless, for many, success is when an individual presents any signs of progress in regard to greater independence, life skills, greater responsibilities, confidence or anything related to their own personal goals (i.e. organization, personal hygiene, employment etc.).
- To improve activities of daily living
- To gain self-confidence and independence
- To build personal and community relationships
- Personal care
- Meal preparation
- Household cleanliness
- Laundry skills
“I like the Journey House because it’s interesting, it’s safe to live in and it’s very fun…free to be independent, do things by myself, learn to make mistakes and learn from them, and take care of yourself”.
“It’s great actually…it’s a peaceful environment…it’s an easy way to learn about my responsibilities”!
“JH is my home and my safety… Supported in achieving my goals of finding my own place. I feel comfortable, it’s sweet…home sweet home”.
“It’s helped me be less depressed. I went from 4 years of lying in a bed to being here where I’m less depressed, I get stuff done, … I don’t need to hide. I feel supported here”.
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