How It All Began
In 1965, with the birth of their son Steven Reese, Jim and Adrienne Reese realized that there was a need for a Christian organization to provide a full spectrum of services for people with developmental disabilities in Ontario. As a result, they enlisted the help of other families to create a Christian ministry to serve people with disabilities – the Ontario Christian Association for Exceptional Children was born. In 1976 it adopted its new name Christian Horizons.
Growth of Christian Horizons
Christian Horizons lives out its mission through a variety of programs and services. In 1967, we hosted our first two-week camp in the Haliburton Highlands. The camping ministry was later expanded to include excursions and supported vacations. Trusting that God would provide the funds needed, in 1974, the Board of Directors decided to purchase the first Christian Horizons’ home in Waterloo for ten adults with exceptional needs. Its opening in November 1976 marked the beginning of our residential services. Shortly after, the first Supported Independent Living program began in Waterloo, and then a year later the second residence was opened in Welland. By the end of the 1970s, our services included a job placement program in the North and a day program in the Ottawa area.