A Flexible Approach to Transforming Quality of Life


Nadine © Courtesy of Thompson Community Services

Enhancing each day for each individual

Over ten years ago, a young woman named Nadine was referred to Thompson Community Services (TCS), an accredited agency that has provided services for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, children and families in British Columbia for over 36 years.

Nadine lived in a medical facility but wanted to move closer to her family and live a more satisfying and independent life.

TCS has extensive experience offering community programs, employment services, and residential options. The strength of TCS is their innovative, creative, and flexible approach to providing community care with dignity and respect. TCS strives to be an employer of choice represented by inclusive, respectful and positive workplaces and supporting staff members to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance the quality of life for those they serve.

TCS utilizes a person-centred planning process for all of the individuals they support. The persons served are involved in all aspects of this process. Nadine’s ultimate goal was to live a more independent life. She met with TCS, and a model of support was created. A step-by-step plan was introduced that would help her transition from the facility to living in the community. She moved to a TCS group home that was closer to her family and was supported by TCS staff members to develop new coping and living skills.

Nadine worked hard to achieve more independence and eventually graduated to a TCS Home Share. A Home Sharing residence provides a home and caregiver support for individuals with a developmental disability. TCS works to match individuals with home-sharing providers and continues to monitor and support the home share environment. Nadine became more involved in community life and had greater access to her family and her Indigenous heritage.

Committed to providing a culturally safe and diverse environment, TCS aspires to be innovative and solution-focused in their pursuit of enhancing the quality of life for the individuals and communities they serve. Every individual has the right to live a safe, meaningful life in the community.

Nadine’s ultimate goal of living on her own was realized when her Home Share Providers built her a detached suite. With the continuing and unwavering support of her TCS community worker, Nadine has been able to build the skills and knowledge to flourish. Her life has changed significantly since her first meeting with TCS. She is employed at an animal shelter. She moves freely in the community, is close to her family, and has reconnected with her Indigenous culture. Nadine has worked hard to achieve her goals, and she finds great satisfaction in her current situation and continues to plan for her future. Following her lead, TCS is honoured to walk this path with her.

There are many examples of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who have their own story and their own dreams. TCS and similar community living agencies support individuals to achieve their goals, contribute, and belong to the community.

Visit www.tcsinfo.ca to learn more and join TCS on its mission to enhance each day for each individual.

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The strength of TCS is our commitment to individuals and their families through an innovative, creative and flexible approach to community care. We have achieved success in the social services sector for more than 30 years by pursuing the goals of meeting and exceeding the expectations of individuals in our care and their families. 


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