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Being a Part of the Best Day of Their Life

Making our kids’ dreams come true is one of the best parts of our job. 

Many of the kids that live with us at Supportive Living have a life threatening condition – and are therefore eligible to be a granted a wish through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Nothing compares to that smile on their face every time their wish is granted. And getting to be a part of such a monumental moment in their life never ceases to be incredible. However, since COVID-19 hit, wishes had to be postponed with travel restrictions getting in the way of many wishes.

However, we have one kiddo in our Prince Albert location who had an item wish list instead of a travel wish list. This little man loves sensory play and responds well to different lights, textures, and music. This wheelchair specific tent offers different sections of colours, along with the tactile stimulation of having the pieces hanging down. The tent is great because it can be used both outdoors and indoors.

And since sharing is caring – each of our Supportive Living kiddos had a chance to go through the tent. Everyone loved it!

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This tent was just one of the many sensory items he received – we now have an entire sensory themed room! We know he will get so much use out of these items. It makes us incredibly grateful for Make-A-Wish.

4/7 of our kiddos have already had their wishes granted, while the other 3 are waiting for travel restrictions to be lifted. We can’t wait to be a part of all the joy and happiness when those get granted too.

 

That’s why there’s no place like Hope. ❤️

 

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Project Approach Model – Learning new Languages

At Hope’s Home, we pride ourselves in helping to raise kids who embrace diversity. So our Prince Albert staff were happy to create a learning opportunity about it using the Project Approach Model.

What is the Project Approach?

  • A project is an in-depth investigation on topic the kids have shown interest in, and is therefore worth learning more about.
  • If the kids ask a question about a certain topic, the educator can create a project allowing the kids to find the answers themselves.
  • This approach is based on the idea of “learning by doing”.
  • The educator is there to supervise, observe, and learn alongside the children, but the kids do the learning themselves.

Here’s an example of how our ECE’s used this model recently:

The other day a few of our kids at our Prince Albert centre were asking their Auntie Harman (All our staff at Hope’s Home are referred to as Aunty or Uncle) about her Hindi language and asked to be taught some words.

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Then on a walk through the park, they noticed that some signs were also written in Cree – another one added to the list.

We have a few friends in our centre who use sign language, so that was also naturally added. And because 3 languages wasn’t enough – French and Spanish were added as there are a couple emersion kiddos.

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Following this Project Approach Model where the ECE’s program plans come from the kids’ questions and curiosity, it ensures that we will have engaged kiddos the entirety of the project. It’s a win-win for everyone!

What language do you think they should start next?

 

That’s why there’s no place like Hope. ❤️

 

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Working at a Non-Profit – Meet Michelle

Meet Michelle – another long time employee of Hope’s Home.

As we continue to go through our list of employees who have stuck around for 8+ years, we are in awe of the dedication these staff members have shown. Hope’s Home has completely surpassed just being their place of work. This organization – and everyone in it – is their family. It really is a unique experience working at a non-profit.

With that being said, we are here to introduce Michelle. She is such an integral part of our Hope’s Home family and we can’t wait to see where her journey with Hope’s Home takes her next.

1. How long have you been at Hope’s Home? What positions have you all held here? Give a little explanation about each one.

My name is Michelle Yung and I’ve been a nurse at Hope’s Home in Regina for 10 Years now. I started off as a nursing student and never left! I’m currently working as a Nurse Supervisor at our Supportive Living home. I’ve worked in many different roles from floor nurse to school nurse, Nurse Supervisor and Regional Manager. I love this organization and have been proud to be a part of the growth over the past 10 years.

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2. How have you seen the organization change from when you started to how it is now?

I was apart of helping to open our first Supportive Living home here in Regina on Durham Drive.

3. What is your favourite Hope’s Home memory or moment?

Some of my favourite memories include Hope’s angels, the kiddos that brought us so much joy that are no longer with us but have left lasting impressions. ❤️

One of Hope's Angels - Emmett ❤️

4. How would you summarize the past 10 years working at Hope’s Home?

I love my job, the kids we care for, supporting families and our amazing team; it’s no secret that I’m a lifer with Hope’s Home.

It has been so exciting to watch us expand from one location in one city, to 3 cities across Saskatchewan, running integrated daycare programs, supportive living homes and recreation programs. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years brings!

It truly is Hope’s Home’s organizational culture that keep our staff members sticking around. We would love to hear your thoughts around culture within the workplace and the top things you think keep employees around. Let us know in the comments!

 

That’s why there’s no place like Hope. ❤️

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Supportive Living – Celebrating firsts as a Family

For the kids that live with us at Supportive Living, our staff members are their second family. 

Not too long ago, our Supportive Living Home took this little dude swimming for the first time. Our staff made sure that his oxygen tube wouldn’t stop him from participating in the activity that he chose. At Hope’s Home we celebrate the everyday miracles, and this is one of them. Each day we are in awe of the inspiring victories our kids achieve, only made possible by the incredible staff there to help them, encourage them, and support them along the way.

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This little guy turned 2 last week, and he’s been with Hope’s Home for almost his whole life. Our staff have celebrated his first steps, first taste of food orally, and his first swim, along with so many other accomplishments. He’s come so far from when he was first brought to Hope’s Home. Now the staff have to chase him around the house while he’s running and playing. We are so grateful everyday that we get to be apart of these children’s lives as not just their caregivers, but as their family.

 

That’s why there’s no place like Hope. ❤️

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GMS Queen City Marathon x Hope’s Home

You can now support Hope’s Home at the GMS Queen City Marathon. When you sign up, you can choose Hope’s Home as your charity of choice where your pledges will be donated.

Thanks in advance #HopeHommies!

 

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Working at a Non-Profit – Meet Nikki.

The benefits of working at a non-profit: Let Nikki tell you why she has been with Hope’s Home for over 10 years!

Hope’s Home has been a registered non-profit organization for 14 years. Throughout those years we have grown the business to include a 24 hour home for children with complex medical needs, which we call Supportive Living and inclusive Early Learning & Childcare centres in Regina, Warman, and Prince Albert;. With all the expansions and changes, we have had some amazing staff members that have stuck with us since (basically) the beginning.

We felt that those staff members deserved to be highlighted and acknowledged for all the hard work and dedication they have shown. This mini series will showcase those staff members and why they chose Hope’s Home as their career.

We are starting off with the beautiful Nikki Hauck, who is currently our Administrative Assistant at our Regina South location. She is absolutely incredible – always helping out where needed, getting things back to you super speedy, and doing everything with a smile on her face. She is a joy to have at Hope’s Home.

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1. How long have you been at Hope’s Home? What positions have you all held here? Give a little explanation about each one.

I have been at Hope’s Home for almost 12 years. I worked as a full time Developmental Worker for 10 years. In that time I also started up an art program with the kids. It involved planning different art projects with each group weekly. I did that for about a year and ended it off with a big art show held at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. It showcased all of the kids amazing art work and raised some excellent funds for Hope’s Home. I went on Maternity leave in 2018 and when I came back in 2019 I started in my administrative role.

2. What is the main factor that’s made you stay at Hope’s Home this long?

There are 3 reasons why I have stayed at Hope’s Home for so long: It’s the kids, the staff, and all of the families that we support. When you work with the same kids everyday, they become family to you and you love them as if they are. You become so close with the families because you are communicating with them everyday and are working with their kids to achieve the same goals and celebrating with them when they meet those goals! You also become family to your co-workers. Some days are hard and really challenging but when you work with great staff you become super close and are each others biggest support system. Some of the best people I know are people I have met at Hope’s Home.

3. How have you seen the organization change from when you started to how it is now?

When I first walked in the doors at our College Ave location there were about 8 kids and only a handful of staff. We took turns making lunch for the kids. It was like being a big family in a big house. A few months later the kids started to roll in and it just blew up after that. We grew out of the College Ave location pretty quickly and opened few classrooms at Regina Christian School to accommodate the growing number of children.  Then the new locations in the province began to open and it has just been growing ever since. With that being said, Hope’s Home has still kept its family feel.

4. How have you seen Hope’s Home impact the community you live and work in?

When I used to get asked where I worked, people didn’t know what Hope’s Home was. Now when I get asked, I always get the comments of “Wow what an amazing place to work. I have heard so many wonderful things.” It’s so rewarding to hear all the parents stories of how this organization has impacted their lives.

5. What is your favourite Hope’s Home memory or moment?

Nikki from Hope's Home ReginaOne of my favorite memories was watching a little boy I worked with, accept the Child of the Year Award for all of his accomplishments. He was the first little face I saw on my first day at Hope’s Home. He faced many hardships and I was able to watch him overcome them – like helping him learn to walk and starting to communicate. How lucky am I that I get to be a part of this wonderful organization?!

 

That’s why there’s no place like Hope. ❤️

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A Hope’s Home Story: The Trudel Family

All families deserve a chance to just be a family – but for the Trudel’s and their son Thomas who was born with complex medical needs, that was simply not a reality without the support from Hope’s Home. Meet Ivan and Shianne and their beautiful family:

 

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There’s no place like Hope. ♥️

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How We Create Inclusive Childcare

Welcome to the first post to our Stories section: Inclusive Childcare Regina

Hi everyone,

This is the place where we will showcase achievements, industry tips, educational moments, and so much more. It will be a place to ask questions, share your thoughts, and learn a little more about Hope’s Home and what we do here. If you’re new to Hope’s Home, make sure to check out the rest of our website to see how we aim to improve the lives of children every day.

This first post will be apart of our Philosophy Series. This will focus on the concepts that frame our entire organization by guiding our actions in both our Childcare Centres and our Supportive Living Homes. Topic one is inclusion. Inclusion is what sparked the idea for the creation of Hope’s Home: Children with complex medical or developmental needs have the right to play and learn in the same environment as any other typically developing child. Fourteen years later, we have four Early Learning & Childcare centres to bring life to that fundamental idea. For more insight into what an inclusive environment means at Hope’s Home, we interviewed Nicole Shepherd and Jena Baldrey, two Nurse Supervisors at our Prince Albert location.

Nicole and Jena have both been advocates for Hope’s Home over the years. They’ve helped bring awareness to our organization and fought for the rights of families and children who utilize our services. Their dedication to Hope’s Home and desire to get each kid exactly what they deserve is inspiring to all of us. Thank you so much, Nicole and Jena, for everything you do. Our kids are so lucky to have you.

For more information on how Nicole has advocated for our kids, you can watch this video here.

 

“I witness inclusion happening every day at Hope’s Home, and every day I am overwhelmed by what I see. The staff and children are so creative in how they make an environment inclusive and I am so grateful and proud to be a part of Hope’s Home.”

– Nicole Shepherd.

 

1. What does the word “inclusion” mean at Hope’s Home? How is this philosophy implemented in day-to-day life?

Nicole: Inclusion at Hope’s Home means that every child is included in all aspects of programming, education, and everyday activities. Every child is treated equally despite varying skills and abilities and no child is ever left out or left behind. Inclusion is practiced every day at Hope’s Home and is an influencing factor when determining, developing, and implementing programming.

Jena: Inclusion is the foundation of our care. It means that the children, regardless of their developmental level or needs are part of the family environment created each day. It extends to the team of staff and caregivers and regardless of role, everyone is a mentor and a teacher.  

 

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Because of our inclusive environment, our kids don’t see Nathaniel in a wheelchair, they just see Nathaniel.

 

2. What is the benefit of typically developing children experiencing an inclusive environment such as Hope’s Home?

Nicole: Typical children at Hope’s Home are not afraid, scared, or intimidated by a child in a wheelchair or a standing frame, or who may have tube feed meals or oxygen, as they see these things each day. Typical children are educated on developmental and medical equipment and procedures and are always wanting to help with all aspects of program and care delivery. They learn how to communicate in many different ways and languages and are always celebrating each others successes, no matter how big or small.  I am confident that the typical children at Hope’s Home are going to be the first ones to offer assistance to someone in need in the future, as they demonstrate how to be loving, caring,  and accepting of everyone in the inclusive environment at Hope’s Home every day.

Jena: I have seen first hand the profound learning that comes from an inclusive environment. My own children that attend the programs have developed into kind, generous, understanding individuals that believe above all else, everyone is special in their own way. They learn to embrace change and differences and acknowledge the resilience of their amazing friends that overcome challenges and succeed in their own special way. 

 

“Although there has been much improvement, there is still a lot of stigma around special needs and judgments passed on parents who care for them and their struggles. I feel that we are a safe place for these families.”

– Jena Baldrey.

 

 

3. How does an inclusive childcare environment change the quality of life for children with complex medical or developmental needs?

Nicole: An inclusive environment provides an opportunity for them to interact, socialize, and learn within their peer groups. The love, belonging and acceptance I see these children receive and give to the staff and typical children each day is amazing. Children learn from their peers and they make great strides developmentally through observation and by the therapies that are provided to them in an inclusive environment. The continuity of nursing staff at Hope’s Home improves the overall health and safety of the child with complex medical needs. I have also seen the inclusive environment at Hope’s Home improve the mental health of children with complex medical needs as it provides them the opportunity to be a child during times they do not have to be isolated at home or in the hospital due to illness.

Jena: Although there has been much improvement, there is still a lot of stigma around special needs and judgments passed on parents and families who care for them and their struggles. I feel that we are a safe place for these families. A place where the children can just be kids and their families can get a well deserved break and the understanding and support they need. 

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A medical condition will never prevent a child from doing what they want to do. All activities are given the green light with a little bit of help from our staff.

 

4. Describe a moment where you witnessed inclusion happening? Why was this moment special to you?

Nicole: I witness inclusion happening every day at Hope’s Home and every day I am overwhelmed by what I see. The staff and children are so creative in how they make an environment inclusive and I am so grateful and proud to be a part of Hope’s Home. The moments that stand out for me as being special are the ones where the children with complex medical needs are not in the Early Learning and Childcare center or at home due to illness. The other children and staff always inquire about them and make cards and crafts to send to them that wish them well and lift their spirits. There were a few times where children went to the hospital with staff to read or play cards with their friend who was not able to be with them. The inclusive environment is not limited to centers or homes, it is outreaching to wherever the children of Hope’s Home may be. That is special.

Jena: I have seen so many. One very memorable moment was when one of our SL children began attending daycare. Everyday that she came in, initially with her walker, every child in the room rushed to be her helper and all were always so encouraging and excited for every milestone she met and all her hard work. I was able to witness this multiple times in a day.

 

5. What is the biggest challenge of offering an inclusive environment?

Nicole: The biggest challenge is finding and adapting different ways of doing things to meet the needs of Hope’s Home staff and children. I witness staff being creative and thinking outside of the box every day, which is both challenging but can also be rewarding. There is an added challenge in creating an inclusive environment when there are limited or inappropriate community resources available to provide support. I have been a part of advocating for and have witnessed the positive change over the years regarding community resources and hope to see more changes soon.

Jena: Ensuring that the funds are in place to allow for extra staffing and resources to ensure all children get the time and support they require to continue to develop and grow to their full potential.

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Jena: I have always been someone who was a very firm believer in inclusion and equal opportunity; however, I don’t believe I even understood the full meaning until I started at Hope’s Home. I have learned so much, not only from my mentors and managers but from the amazing, passionate, selfless individuals that care for our children every day and celebrate all the victories no matter how small. I am forever in awe of the amazing work that everyone in this organization does.

 

And that’s why there’s no place like Hope. ♥️

Covid-19, Resources You Can Use!

We are very blessed to work with an incredibly strong, talented and driven team at Hope’s Home. This team has been working tirelessly to provide provincial leadership for our organization and support our staff through the on-going changes the Covid-19 pandemic has made necessary. Hope’s Home is honoured to take a leading role in providing childcare to Essential Services families as mandated by the Saskatchewan government. With this, comes a lot of responsibility to continue to provide a clean and safe environment where all children can learn and play. We have put policies and procedures in place to ensure we can do this – and we want to share our hard work! Please browse through the below links to find downloadable files you can utilize, whether you are another childcare centre, or just a family who is now all at home needing to educate your children. Wishing you all the best in safety and health!

 

Posters:

Before Entering Our Building

Hand Washing Poster

STOP – Have you been Screened?

Isolation Room Poster

STAFF ONLY Washroom Poster

Stay Out of Kitchen Poster

Resources for your Children:

Social Story about Covid19

Web Links for Covid19 Info

How to talk about Illness to Children

Why is School Closing?