In 2003, a committee of citizens, concerned that there were no residential services for persons with intellectual disabilities in the Strait Area began to meet to discuss their concerns and requirements.
In 2004, a proposal was presented to the Department of Community Services envisioning that the ROC Society would sponsor Community Inclusion Supports for families in the Strait Area, including a Community Home.
On October 5, 2007, in Port Hawkesbury, provincial funding was announced for a Community Home for persons with intellectual disabilities. The home is designed for persons who require support in their daily living, enabling them to live to their full potential and be able to stay in their community close to their families and friends.
The Port Hawkesbury Community Home:
- Will provide supportive residential services for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
- Provide services in a home atmosphere, enabling each resident to reach his/her highest level of independence.
- Provide services to support and develop Community Inclusion, working with community partners to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.
- Will provide respite and support to families living with individuals with disabilities. This service will allow persons with disabilities to remain in their community and continue with their work placement when an emergency occurs with their caregiver or if vacation is needed.
The Community came together to make this dream a reality and Shalom welcomed home five individuals in September 2010.