Community Connections currently has two residential group homes, providing care for up to nine individuals. The residents have 24 hour staff to support them to complete daily living and self-care tasks, as well as meeting their own unique goals and being active members in the community.
Both group homes are standard, single-family houses. They have been adapted to meet the needs of the residents by adding in things like elevators, lift systems and any other individually needed revisions. The residents have the opportunity to experience day to day home activities like meal prep, recycling, house cleaning, yard maintenance, and grocery shopping. By promoting individuals to take pride in their home they have shown confidence in other areas on their lives.
Residents set annual goals; family and staff are available to support the residents changing skills, abilities, and goals and will assist each individual in creating and accomplishing meaningful goals for themselves. These goals are reviewed every 3 months to help stay on track and make sure the goal is still obtainable with new goals being discussed annually.
Residents are encouraged and supported in accessing the community. The Residents enjoy planning group outings as well as having one to one support available for attending community events. Residents have had the opportunity to attend many events within the community and have also been able to plan day trips out of town.
Supported Employment Program
Community Connections Employment Program
Community Connections Employment Program matches qualified job seekers to employment opportunities in local businesses.
There are many people who live with developmental disabilities that with the right support can be productive members of the work force.
Participants undergo pre-screening, job readiness training and are connected to employers based on skills, talents and abilities.
We are concerned with employer’s needs, and understand a business approach to employment.
We have been extremely successful with many local employers and enjoy the long term, positive relationships that have been created.
We believe in Real work for Real pay!
“My customers enjoy interacting with my staff, and businesses appreciate workplace diversity”
Diane Cline, Direct Connect Deliveries
“We have found our employee to be very pleasant, enthusiastic, hard working; she takes pride in her work and stays focusedon tasks”
Cathy English, Curator-Revelstoke Museum and Archives
“During our employees’ shift, I notice a huge boost in staff morale”
Richard, Manager- Powder Springs Inn
LOCAL BUSINESS PATRONS
COAST HILLCREST HOTEL
DIRECT CONNECT DELIVERIES
POWDER SPRINGS INN
REVELSTOKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
REVELSTOKE MUSEUM AND ARCHIVES
REVELSTOKE VISUAL ARTS CENTRE
SANDMAN HOTEL GROUP
For more information about accessing our program please contact our Employment Specialists:
Cassie Brummitt or Shannon Moorhead
Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I have to offer?
At first, you may think that there are no jobs at your workplace for someone with a developmental disability. Take a look around. Ask your managers to list the things that they need done and do not have time to do. Just think if these tasks could be completed while leaving your current staff to focus on their priority projects. The possibilities are endless. You don’t have to work this out alone either. If you’re not sure how a person with a developmental disability can fit into your business, call us to arrange a tour, we can observe the work environment, learn about your specific business needs, and offer suggestions.
What should I expect from an employee with a developmental disability?
Like anyone else, people with developmental disabilities have strengths and weaknesses, talents and abilities. These talents could include experience and interests in many fields and soft skills you will find beneficial to your workplace such as customer service skills, team-work, and strong a motivation for work. There may be someone in your community today with a developmental disability who has some or all of the specific skills you are looking for to enhance your business.
I can’t offer a full-time job. Does that mean I can’t hire someone?
Not at all. Many people with developmental disabilities prefer to work part-time. In fact, part-time employment may be the best way for an employee to learn and master the skills needed for your business. Job placements through our program range from one to forty hours each week depending on the job and the individual.
How will this affect my other employees?
Many co-workers tell us that working alongside a person with a developmental disability has enhanced their teamwork and their work environment. If your employees are uncertain about the concept initially, it’s usually because they have no idea what to expect. We can help you address this issue in several ways. Vocational Support Staff from can visit your business and individually meet with staff to help answer any questions or address concerns that may exist. We can also provide diversity and/or co-worker training that is tailored to your specific business needs. As business needs and personnel are always changing, we are there to help you meet these challenges.
Will I have support?
Absolutely! If you decide to hire someone with a developmental disability, a job coach is available to help you or your staff train the person for as long as required. As your new employee learns the skills needed for the job, the job coach fades out of the picture. If you need help teaching your employee new skills later on, a phone call is all it takes to bring the job coach back to the worksite.
What about liability?
As a responsible employer, you are already providing a healthy and safe workplace, WCB and general insurance coverage. Hiring someone with a developmental disability does not increase your liability. If there is a medical condition or anything else that could affect health and safety on the job, you will know about it, just as you would with any other employee. Job Coaches, employees of Community Connections, are covered through Community Connections, and are not a liability to your business.
What about wages?
Employees with developmental disabilities earn minimum wage or above depending on the assigned job duties and the employer’s pay scale. We believe in real work for real pay!
How will this benefit my business?
Many employers are finding it hard to find reliable, long term, entry-level employees. People with developmental disabilities are a labor source that is vastly under utilized by most industries and businesses. Many employers tell us that hiring someone with a developmental disability is not only great for the businesscommunity, but cost-effective toward their bottom line.
Individualized Community Inclusion Programs
Participants, with assistance from their support team, design an individualized plan that is tailored to their specific needs, wants and goals. Individuals access the community through educational, social and recreational activities. A few examples of favorite activities are communicating with friends and family using face book accounts, playing bingo while socializing with new friends at the Senior’s Center. We also enjoy swimming, bike riding and of course out of town field trips to meet with friends from other communities for picnics and sightseeing.
Annual activities include camping, cultivating and caring for the Community Garden, fundraising for and participating in the Relay for Life and raising community awareness every October during Community Living Month.
Weekly group lunches provide an opportunity for participants to gain knowledge, skills and confidence in meal preparation and cooking.
Educational activities such as sign language has greatly improved communication and conversation skills. Numerous educational in-services such as bike and fire safety, bear awareness, natural composting, oral hygiene care, fishing, card making, food safe, nutritional counseling, Karate, music and many more have enhanced the life experiences of our participants.
The individualized Community Inclusion Program is dedicated to offering activities and programs that will further personal development and empower our participants to explore their dreams, goals and creativity.