Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan
2019-2025

Outcome-Based Community Planning

Christian Horizons is committed to our vision of seeing people who experience disabilities belong to communities in which their God-given gifts are valued and respected. We know that everyone across all our communities is hard at work making this vision a reality.

But how do we know what’s working, and what’s not? And how can we work together within communities to bring us closer to our vision?

The answer is Outcome-Based Community Planning — the structure for Christian Horizons Onward strategic plan.

Outcome-Based Community Planning is exactly as it sounds — using local community projects, supported by measurable goals, all aligned towards our strategic outcomes. It ensures that the important work being done in our communities and departments is aligned, creating better outcomes for you and bringing Christian Horizons closer to its vision.

We worked with people supported and employees from every community to develop 4 Strategic Outcomes (shown below). ​​

Across the organization, each community and department have planned activities to help achieve our shared outcomes. With Outcome-based Community Planning, all of us can see how our work connects to the strategic plan and what we can focus on together in order to help us achieve our outcomes.

Together, we can align our work towards accomplishing something greater than the sum of our parts. Welcome to Outcome-Based Community Planning.


Outcomes

As part of our Outcome-Based Community Planning, we worked together with you, your families, and our employees to develop four outcomes that will guide our work over the coming years. They are:

People supported by Christian Horizons experience services consistent with our core values

People direct the services they receive from Christian Horizons

People experience services that support their ongoing growth and development.

Communities are welcoming of people who experience disabilities


OUTCOME 1: People supported by Christian Horizons experience services consistent with our core values

As a Christian faith-based organization, the way we provide services is guided by our faith foundation, which is described through our core values: valuing people, fostering belonging, serving others, and respecting gifts. In fact, what we do is so rooted in these values, that they make up the key parts of our vision where people who experience disabilities belong to communities in which their God-given gifts are valued and respected.

It is really important that everyone connected to Christian Horizons experiences our faith through our core values. This is because our faith is what motivated our founders to create Christian Horizons over 50 years ago and it is central to who we are as an organization today.

Some of what you’re going to see:

We’re going to invest in community leaders to ensure they have the tools, time, and training to support employees to demonstrate our core values in every circumstance.

  • We will pilot a few new roles to help leaders have the time to do this.
  • Community leaders will have the tools, resources and mentoring to do their job well.
  • We’ll create new ways to share our core values with our employees, so they know how to provide you with services that reflect what Christian Horizons is all about.
From community leaders spending lots of time on administrative tasks
To community leaders are well-equipped to coach and mentor teams on how to support you

OUTCOME 2: People direct the services they receive from Christian Horizons

Self-directed services means choosing how you want to live and what services you will use to live your life. When we sought input on our Onward plans, we heard very clearly that you want to choose where you live and who you live with. We also heard that you want to make more choices, like where you work or how you spend your time. You also told us that you were interested in learning how technology can help you do more things on your own, and that you would like to provide more input to the organization. All these things have to do with directing your own services. So, we have used your ideas to create some really great activities to help you do this.

Some of what you’re going to see:

  • New Christian Horizons services for you to choose from — including different housing options.
  • Together, we will look for more ways to connect you with other services available in your community.
  • We’re going to look into ways of helping you choose and pay for the services you want.
  • We’ll create more ways for you to participate in hiring employees.
  • We will develop new methods to recruit employees passionate about our values and vision.
  • We’re going to create space for you and other people who use Christian Horizons services to develop self advocacy groups. These groups will provide ways for you to learn about advocating for your rights, choices, and responsibilities. The ideas, input, and concerns shared through these groups will shape organizational decisions.
  • We’ll try out some assistive technology to help you live the life you want to live.

All these things will help us realize our vision and support you to direct your own services.

From doing things for you
To services led by you

 

From services focused
on your daily living

To supporting you to achieve your goals and live the life you dream of living

 

From being all of your support
To being a piece of your broader support along with other community services, your family, friends and assistive technology

 

From housing and support
that is predesigned

To supports that you can choose to meet your needs



OUTCOME 3: People experience services that support their ongoing growth and development

Learning new skills, participating in new activities, and engaging in meaningful opportunities is an important part of everyone’s life. It is through these things that you can achieve your goals. We are all growing and developing.

At its core, growth and development is about having meaning and purpose in your life — a meaning that sometimes encourages us to try new things and at other times to simply enjoy the things that make us who we are.

Some of what you’re going to see:

  • We’re going to redesign our Personal Plan process, so a specifically-trained planner can help you make a plan about what’s important to you and how you want to live your life.
  • Your plan will include the growth and development activities you want to participate in.
  • We’ll work together with you to spend more time teaching you new skills and connecting you to existing skill development resources or meaningful activities in your local community.

This way, you can be well supported in achieving your growth and development goals.

From services focused on your daily living
To supporting you as you achieve your goals and live the life you choose

OUTCOME 4: Communities are welcoming of people who experience disabilities

Communities are at their best when every person can use their gifts to make their community a better place. This is a big part of what we call belonging. Belonging is more than going out and doing things in your community. Belonging is about using your skills and gifts to help your community. It’s about making true friendships. When we give and receive help, when we invite and are invited, when we visit and are visited, we are experiencing belonging in our community.

We know that it’s easier for anybody to belong when your community values and depends on your gifts. That happens when your faith community has ways for you to get involved. It happens when an employer hires you because you have great skills that benefit their business. It happens when clubs and community groups experience your ideas, gifts, and presence. And it happens when you can connect to services and supports available within your community. When these things are happening, your community is depending on you and the gifts you contribute.

Some of what you’re going to see:

Our role at Christian Horizons is to support you to be a part of your community. We also work to support your community to be a welcoming place of belonging. We will do this by:

  • Supporting you to strengthen your relationships and to use your gifts in your neighbourhood.
  • We’ll work along side communities offering advice, partnership opportunities, resources, and tools — communities like churches, schools, local government and employers.
  • We’ll use newspapers and social media to share positive stories of people belonging in their community.
  • We’ll work with government to ensure laws reflect equality and opportunity for people with disabilities.

We open the door for society to be inspired to foster belonging when we share stories of people of all abilities as valuable, contributing citizens.

From being the community for people with disabilities
To nurturing communities of belonging