Dear Family Members, Community Members, and other Allies,
Due to our determination to take part in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, how we support and connect with families will change significantly for the near future.
Our physical office at 850 King St. W in Oshawa is limited in use until further notice. We sincerely appreciate your understanding.
We would like to emphasize that our team, through family and administrative supports, is still working and available to families. Facilitators and other staff members will be working from home, responding to email, making and receiving phone calls, and finding the most supportive ways to be with families during this time.
We all enjoy full and meaningful life within our communities;
we are all stronger when each member belongs
Durham Family Resources works in partnership with a person with a disability, their family and allies to imagine, plan, implement, and work toward a good life in family, neighbourhood and community.
Because our community is best when everyone contributes, our partnership aims to enhance the capacity of the whole family to care for one another and to sustain or enhance their valued social roles as family members and as members of the community.
We support our Vision by working with the whole family, together choosing resources, supports and pathways anchored in practices that take place in ordinary community life, one person at a time, and use a Social Role Valorization (SRV) framework.
Durham Family Resources believes:
• In the essential importance of a good life in family, neighbourhood and community
• Freely given, committed personal relationships with people will best safeguard the lives and wellbeing of family members with disabilities
• Communities have the capacity and a fundamental responsibility to welcome and support people with disabilities, and that our communities will be stronger and better when we all belong
• That, when provided with adequate support, families provide the safest, most consistent and loving environment for family members and have the capacity to imagine, plan and build good lives for and with their family members in community
• That there is great value in family-to-family learning, family leadership and connection, and on the ability of families and allies to build and influence their communities to grow strong together
We do all this by:
- respecting the primary decision-making role of families.
- supporting people with disabilities to have valued and typical choices and significant and supported control over the direction of their lives.
- promoting the importance of valued social roles for people with disabilities.
- encouraging and supporting the capacity of the community to be responsive to people with disabilities
- seeking to provide paid support that is of excellent quality and of sufficient intensity to maintain or enhance family functioning
- engaging in ongoing reflection and evaluation to ensure that our work continues to take into account existing pressures and trends within the community and province and is true to our principles
- replacing existing services and service practices only when an equal or better alternative can be provided