What’s the real reason for closing group homes for the developmentally disabled?

Re: Revelstoke residents feel effects of CLBC crisis, News, Oct. 26.

Re: Revelstoke residents feel effects of CLBC crisis, News, Oct. 26.


It’s very sad that people who ultimately control the lives of people with developmental disabilities seem to be so far out of touch. Unfortunately the people receiving CLBC’s services, and the front line workers like those in your story, are seldom consulted and people who sit in offices a long, long way away seem to think they know what’s best for people who are not faces but a file on the desk. I wonder how many hours CLBC staff like Ms. Middleton have spent in the community checking out the great services and successes they are closing and cutting? It is very simplistic to say that group homes are ‘institutionalized’ and home share situations put people first. Both have their strengths for sure and each should be utilized accordingly. I can say that the group homes I know are home to the people who live there – some for over 20 years – and the people that live there together are family. While in a home share setting an individual often must fit into the home share provider’s life. In a group home there are staff whose sole focus is to support the people who live there in their needs, goals and lifestyle – in other words putting the people first. They are licensed and accredited and hire trained staff. If the staff at the group home decide to move on from their jobs, it does not mean the residents of the home are uprooted and forced to move; they stay because it is in fact, their home. Perhaps we should look at changing the name from ‘group home’ to ‘family home’ as well?

I’m sure most people I know who live or work at a group home would be very offended by the idea that a group home free of residents is a measure of success. There have been many, many tears shed across the province by people who have been forced to leave their homes and day programs and say goodbye to their friends and even pets. Most are not able to pick up a phone or pen to object, and the workers who support them cannot go public because of confidentiality issues and fear for their own chosen careers.

I wish that CLBC would give credit to everyone, especially those receiving service, for the great things that are happening. In my opinion the changes they are forcing on people are based solely on money, not at all on any ‘community living movement.’ While those who have chosen careers directly supporting people with developmental delays don’t receive big salaries and bonuses like the CLBC higher ups, we are given a living wage. It seems that the folks at CLBC think that’s too much and the real reason for these cuts and closures?

Joanne Dyck,

Sorrento, B.C.



Just Posted

Revelstoke art projects receive funding from the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance

Over 150 projects in total recieved $750,000 around the province

Update: Father calls for better drug recognition after 8-year-old overdoses at Okanagan school

The young child ingested an unknown substance Wednesday at a Kelowna school

Attendence at Summer Street Fest roughly same as 2018

The annual festival started in the 1990s

Road block was costly legal battle for Summerland

Resolving Garnet Valley dispute took six years

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Coming Home: Penticton fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

EDITORIAL: This is our election

It is up to the voting public to identify the issues in the upcoming federal election

B.C. company gets licence to test psychedelic drugs for therapy treatment

Salvation Botanicals interested in manufacturing, testing and research and development

B.C. police watchdog to investigate man’s head injury during RCMP arrest

Suspect fled on a bicycle and fell off when an officer attempted to stop him

Most Read