Employment, Day Program & Community Access

Employment, Day Program & Community Access

 

WJS Canada day services provide opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to participate in their community and enjoy a range of leisure activities. Day services are a community-based mix of employment preparation and community involvement. We offer one-on-one and group services operating from agency resources, in the home or in the community. WJS Staff ensure that high needs individuals with special health, behaviour, safety and nutrition requirements meet their health and community support appointments and that families are involved whenever possible. Seniors’ programs offer a slower paced environment and focus on therapeutic recreation and maintenance of current skill and mobility. Individuals in our care are coached in life and coping skills and acquire the tools they need to enjoy life.

 

Engaging the Community

 

Activities and programs are both community and home based. Volunteer, health, safety education and other activities enhance quality of life and grow independence. Support includes:

  • Developing and maintaining self-help and self-care skills.
  • Developing the ability to interact with others, making one’s needs known and responding to instructions.
  • Developing community integration skills such as accessing community services.
  • Behavior management to help improve behaviors.
  • Developing social and recreational skills.

 

Guiding Career Development

 

WJS Canada provides a range of job search and career development services, as well as job coaching and placement supports. Staff work closely with community employers and service groups to match employees with employers.  We focus on self-sufficiency and positive self esteem and work to increase independence and employability. WJS Staff assist by developing realistic career paths and helping to obtain employment. We assist individuals in working toward financial independence.

 

Where we Help

 

WJS Canada has facilities and offices throughout cities and towns in Alberta and British Columbia and support individuals in their homes and in their communities.

Alberta Programs

The WJS Career and Lifestyles program supports the unique needs of adults with developmental disabilities, autism and FASD in Vegreville, Alberta and the surrounding areas. Presently we work with 4 men and 3 ladies who live in their own homes and depending on their needs receive anywhere from 1 hour to forty two hours of support a week.

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WJS Canada Bonnyville Community Services supports the unique needs of adults and families of youth with developmental disabilities, autism and FASD in the Bonnyville  area. Our services focus on empowering these individuals to be independent, self reliant and confident while providing advocacy services and mentorship.

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WJS Canada Westlock and Slave Lake Community Services supports the unique needs of adults with developmental disabilities in the Westlock area with the goal to live as independently as possible. We provide these services to an individual or shared with others, in their own home and in the community for few hours a week and up to twenty four hours a day.

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WJS Canada Fort McMurray Community Services supports the unique needs of adults with developmental disabilities in the Westlock area with the goal to live as independently as possible. We provide these services to an individual or shared with others, in their own home and in the community for few hours a week and up to twenty four hours a day.

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British Columbia Programs

WJS Canada through the Creative Options program offers day programming and job preparation to adults, 19 yrs and older with a wide range of developmental disabilities including challenging behaviour. Our office is in Langley from Monday-Friday from 8:30 am- 2:30pm.

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WJS Canada through Rivers Edge Resources offers services to adults with a wide range of developmental disabilities and and/or mental health issues and operates from our office on Shaughnessy Street in the Marpole district of Vancouver, B.C. This pristine setting, provides a calming setting for up to 20 adults and staff.

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Cornerstone Residential Services support a lifetime home for men of all ages living with disabilities including developmental, visual impairment, cognitive and mental health related diseases. We provide behavioral supports stressing communication skills using electronic tablets, pictorial symbols, sign language and other systems. We utilize snuggle rooms, light stimulus, music therapy, and consultation with medical professionals as needed. Our single family, 2 storey residence is located on a quiet street in Vancouver. 

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Located in Vancouver, WJS Canada’s Our Place Residential is a Complex Health and Behavior support program designed to provide services to adults with developmental disabilities and specialized health needs. The home has been in operation since 1990 and has evolved over the years to a model that provides programming for individuals who have “ageing in place” issues, some complex medical and behavioural needs as well as mobility and Alzheimer’s and/or Dementia issues.

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Gladstone House is a home/community-based program housed in a large single family residence on a quiet street in Vancouver. Neighbours respect and support our residents. The house is close to local restaurants and coffee shops for easy access. Our residential program provide lifelong support to four men who have mental health issues, cognitive disabilities or are living with mental health related diseases. WJS staff assist individuals in living a full life through supports based on  individual needs. Programs are designed to provide those we serve with personalized support programs that stress independence, support unique strengths and qualities, and encourage integration into the community.

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Fraser House is a lifetime home for mature men with developmental disabilities. The home is located in Langley Township. Three residents are non-verbal with Autism and one has Cerebral Palsy and is in a wheelchair. Fraser House has been serving men who have Autism since the program started in 1993.

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Okanagan Community Living Residential Service is a residential program that offers supports to people with developmental disabilities. The Penticton Beach, Okanagan based residential program is housed in a large single family bungalow with an attached duplex, a large manicured yard and flowers along the walkways. Neighbours respect and support our residents. The house has nearby and easy access  to local restaurants and coffee shops.  A van is on hand for transportation but public transportation is also used to encourage community inclusion.

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Dewsbury House is a home/community-based program for mature men and women with developmental disabilities. It is a residential home to one individual who also shares day programming with three others. This single family house is located on a quiet cul-de-sac in Richmond BC with easy access to community venues and public transit. Neighbours respect and support our residents.

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