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A group of concerned citizens, family members, and mental health professionals recognize a lack of decent, affordable supportive housing for individuals with psychiatric disabilities and decide to do something about it.
Waterloo Regional Homes for Mental Health (WRHMH) opens its doors in 1980. The agency begins with a single 8-bedroom group home, located on Joseph Street in Kitchener. Initially, this home was a transitional housing program for individuals discharged from hospital with an 18-month maximum length of stay. The first Executive Director of the Agency was Pauline Potzhold, who later became the President of the Board.
Wendy Czarny joins the Agency as Executive Director.
A home on Fergus Avenue in Kitchener is purchased to offer congregate living for eight (8) individuals.
WRHMH establishes its first off-site office, moving staff out of the Joseph Street Group Home.
A duplex at Cambridge Street and Colborne Street in Cambridge is purchased to offer housing for eight (8) individuals.
A small home was purchased and renovated into a two-building apartment complex on Victoria Street, Kitchener, providing independent housing for twelve (12) individuals.
Two bungalows on Daytona and two bungalows on Monte Carlo in Kitchener are purchased providing housing for twelve (12) people.
The Madison Avenue property is purchased and renovated, housing eight (8) people with 24/7 staff support on-site.
Extensive strategic planning leads to a shift in services. The reorganization results in the development of three staff teams, providing support services to more than 225 people in community and family homes. During this time, an apartment building on Garden Street in Cambridge is purchased.
The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care funds Phase 1 of the Crisis Respite Residential Program.
The ACT Team is established, providing intensive support for 80-100 additional individuals.
Phase 2 of the Crisis Respite Residential Program sees the organization acquire a property on Sheldon Avenue allowing the agency to provide short-term residential crisis support for up to six (6) people as needed.
WRHMH receives a three-year grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to research Minds in Motion’s initiative for those recovering from mental illness.
WRHMH pilots the Extraordinary Needs Program (ENP). This program focuses on supporting those in hospital with an alternative level of care to transition to community living.
Phase 2 of ENP begins in May, when the Louisa Street Residence in Kitchener opens. This residential program supports five (5) individuals with high support needs.
WRHMH is rebranded as Thresholds Homes and Supports. Along with the name change, the agency moves its location from 618 King Street to its present home at 236 Victoria Street North.
THS says goodbye to Wendy Czarny who has served as Executive Director for over 35 years.
THS celebrates its 40th anniversary. 2020 is also the year THS amalgamates with Dunara Homes for Recovery, further expanding our services into Guelph-Wellington and increasing our staffing complement to over 150 employees.
Our Vision, Mission & Values
Thresholds Homes and Supports will be a leader in integrated mental health, housing, and substance use services in our communities by:
- Promoting improved quality of life by addressing social determinants of health and responding flexibly to client-determined goals and complex needs
- Working collaboratively within our communities to enhance collective health and resilience
- Engaging in meaningful allyship and advocacy to address social justice inequities
Thresholds Homes and Supports is a recovery-oriented, community-integrated agency that focuses on improved quality of life and enhanced independence for people experiencing mental health issues by providing access to affordable housing and flexible, individualized support.
We believe that services and supports should be planned with the person, and based on what is important to them.
We believe in the potential for growth and change in every person.
We believe in the potential of everyone to live a meaningful and fulfilling life where one’s own personal goals, hopes, and dreams are pursued.
We believe in a person’s right to make their own decisions about their life.
Quality of Life
We believe in improving the physical and psychological well-being of people.
We believe in the ethical practice of fairness and justice for all.
We believe in working together to facilitate the best possible supports for the people we serve.