The Mission of Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society is to support individuals and families in our community by providing and advocating for accessible, responsive social services.
In providing our services we value:
• Human Dignity
• Connection to Community
• Skills and Abilities of Individuals & Families
By 2018, Community Connections will be recognized by our community, the region and the province as a leader for the provision of quality and responsive social services.
Community Connections receives funding from the following sources:
Community Living British Columbia
The Ministry for Children and Family Development
The Ministry of Community Services
B.C. Lottery Corporation Community
Action Program for Children
City of Revelstoke
Columbia Basin Trust
Community Futures of Revelstoke
Knights of Pythias
Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation
Revelstoke Community Foundation
Revelstoke Credit Union
Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary
Various community and corporate grantsCommunity Connections delivers programs in partnership with the following organizations:
City of Revelstoke
Community Public Health
B.C. and Canadian Association of Food Banks
Revelstoke Community Childcare Society
Okanagan University College
Community Speech and Language Therapist
School District #19 (Revelstoke)
We also sit as members on various steering and community planning committees
Excerpt from a letter from Brian J. Boon, Ph.D. – President/CEO CARF:
“…It is my pleasure to inform you that Community Connections (Revelstoke) Society has been accredited by CARF for a period of three years for the following services and programs:
Community Services: Child and Youth Services
Community Services: Community Housing
Community Services: Community Integration
Community Services: Community Integration (Children and Adolescents)
Outpatient Treatment: Family Services (Adults)
Outpatient Treatment: Family Services (Children and Adolescents)
This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served. Services, personnel and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of practice excellence.
Your organization should take pride in achieving this high level of accreditation. CARF will recognize this accomplishment in its listing of organizations with accreditation, and we encourage you to make this accomplishment known throughout your community…”
Community Connections and the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
The Province of British Columbia’s Ministry for Children and Family Development mandated that all non-profit organizations receiving funding from their Ministry for $500,000.00 or more achieve an accreditation from a recognized body in order to maintain their contractual relationship with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The accreditation bodies were identified as COA and CARF. Community Connections chose to employ the CARF accreditation process.
Founded in 1966, CARF is an international non-profit organization that promotes high standards of quality in rehabilitation services. CARF uses specific standards to determine how well an organization is serving its clients.
The mission of CARF is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served.
Through responsiveness to a dynamic and diverse environment, CARF serves as a catalyst for improving the quality of life of the persons served by CARF-accredited organizations and the programs and services they provide.
CARF believes in the following core values:
All people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect
All people should have access to needed services that achieve optimal outcomes
All people should be empowered to exercise informed choice
In addition, CARF is committed to:
The continuous improvement of both organizational management and service delivery
Diversity and cultural competence in all CARF activities and associations
Enhancing the involvement of persons served in all of CARF’s activities
Having persons served be active participants in the development and application of standards for accreditation
Enhancing the meaning, value, and relevance of accreditation to the persons served
The CARF standards have evolved and been refined over 40 years with the active support and involvement of providers, consumers, and purchasers of services. The standards are maintained as “international consensus standards” rather than being derived from a research base. CARF recognizes and accepts its responsibility to assess and review the continuing applicability and relevance of its standards. CARF convenes its International Advisory Council; advisory committees; and regional, national, and international focus groups to systematically review and revise CARF’s standards and develop standards for new accreditation opportunities.
The 2014 CARF standards manuals used to accredit programs and services are:
CCAC ASPIRE to Excellence
Business and Services Management Networks
Child and Youth Services
Employment and Community Services
One-Stop Career Center
Opioid Treatment Program
Vision Rehabilitation Services
We received another 3 years in November 2014 which will extend through to November 2017.