Emergency Funding

Hey everyone, in case you missed this important message from Brian about the emergency funding recently announced by CLBC:

Please see this news release from CLBC regarding the emergency fund set up for home share and residential services. Good news in that we know the additional strains that this Coronavirus response has put on Home Share Providers.

If you have a need that meets the criteria in the news release, please contact your Home Share Coordinator with the agency who will pass on the request to CLBC.

HOME SHARE: Share your story!

Hey everyone, check out this opportunity to share YOUR home share story!

Request for Stories from Home Share Providers, People living in Home Share and their Families

As part of updating CLBC’s Home Share Handbook, the Home Sharing Handbook Working Group Committee has made an extensive revision of the various existing handbook materials, identified additional topics of importance that have surfaced in conjunction with the frequently asked questions about Home Sharing. The first draft of this project is to design a new resource handbook called an ‘Introduction to Home Sharing’ with specific go to references for Home Share Providers, People living in Home Share and for the persons family.  Included in the content of this resource will be stories and videos about experiences in Home Sharing. These stories will invite enthusiasm and provide clear insight as to what Home Sharing exactly means.

If you are presently a Home Share Provider or a Person Living in Home Share or a family member, please share your stories!  Your experiences with Home Sharing are valuable and important in understanding what Home Share truly means. Everyone’s successes tell a different story. We understand every person with diverse abilities assisted in Home Share are unique and come from different cultural backgrounds. The composition of the family of Home Share Providers varies as does living in rural regions.

Please forward your stories by Monday, March 16th, 2020. You can do so either by email to adultcare@shaw.ca or by mail to COPCS, 1844 Golbeck Court, Kelowna, BC, V1P 1L7. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at 778-753-2625. We look forward to hearing your stories and inspiration!  Please share this email with your Home Share networks.

Sincerely,, Margaret Milsom & Jack Sawatzky (Committee Members of the Home Share Handbook Working Group)

Home Sharing – CLBC Feedback

Here’s a email from Ross Chilton, CEO of CLBC

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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.

If you have any questions about the consultations or this project, please feel free to contact Zainum Bahadshah, Project Manager, at Zainum.Bahadshah@gov.bc.ca or Jack Styan, VP Strategic Initiatives, at Jack.Styan@gov.bc.ca.
I appreciate your support in sharing this information with your networks.

Ross Chilton
Community Living BCI

Sad news…

Hi everyone:

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)

Update: James’ obituary is here.

IncludeMe! 40 and counting!

Hey everyone:

Don’t forget about your IncludeMe survey – we want to get as many people participating as possible. We’ve got 40 completed already, is yours done? If not,

Joel and Drew at the IncludeMe launch

connect with one of our Community Support workers or Home Share Coordinators to arrange you appointment.

Let’s keep it rolling!