January 8, 2020 Happy New Year. I hope you enjoyed the holiday season with your family and friends.
In June of 2019, CLBC and the BC CEO Network, together with the members of the BC Home Share Providers Association and the Central Okanagan Professional Caregivers Association, came together to form a Home Sharing Working Group. The Group works to find solutions for issues identified in home sharing and has implemented a 3-year work plan.
Improving CLBC’s referral and matching process of individuals to home sharing providers as well as finding better systems around helping to prevent, avert and respond to crises in home sharing services were identified as priorities in the plan. Hearing directly from someone with lived experience or those who support someone living in home sharing is vital to the success of this work. CLBC is hosting eight consultation sessions across the province to hear first hand how we can improve our approaches.
I am writing to ask for your help to spread the word by distributing the consultation invitation found here to your staff, home sharing providers you’re connected to, individuals living in a home share and their families / personal support networks. We are also launching an online survey later this month so we can make sure we reach as many people as possible. CLBC will send you the link to the survey when it is online.
Thanks to all for your patience as we have moved to two branches of our Community Support delivery: one-to-one and group services. In doing so, we hope to deliver services in ways that meet your needs better.
Thanks to Amit, Joel and Kathy (behind the scenes) who put together this excellent video that describes the groups we have going on as well as openings that we have in each of them. Please check it out below and ask your Facilitator at CLBC for more information about the groups that we have to offer and a referral if it sounds good to you!
It is with a very heavy heart that we let you know that we lost James Croston to cancer on Saturday. James, for those that may not have known him, was a Home Share Provider, Home Share Coordinator, Senior Coordinator and the Service Coordinator for Home Share at Community Connections. He literally performed every role with respect to Home Share at the agency and developed many great relationships with coworkers at the agency, Home Share Providers and our communities in his various roles along the way.
I will miss his tremendous sense of humour, his persistent quest for knowledge, constant commitment to improve things, his intensity and, most of all, his friendship.
James is survived by his loving family who were by his side throughout his illness, particularly his young son and daughter. A Go Fund Me page has been set up with the proceeds going to James’ kids. The link is here should you wish to donate.
As you can imagine, it will take us a few days to catch up on work that we had promised, my apologies particularly for the delay in getting out the breakdowns of the recent Home Share increases and retroactive payments if they applied to you. I will get those out to you as soon as I can.
Thank you all for your support of the CCSS team and especially your support of James.
He will be dearly missed. Jackie and Brian (on behalf of the whole Home Share Team at Community Connections Support Services)