We will honour God and value people in all we do and with all our resources.
Our Christian Faith Roots
Christian Horizons believes that God creates all people in His image and all people are intrinsically valued by God. Because of this belief, we are committed to building communities of belonging in which every person is equally valued and respected, and has the opportunity to contribute gifts to strengthening the community. In fact, Christian Horizons believes that a community is not whole unless every person has a place to fully belong.
This understanding is deeply embedded in the culture and services of Christian Horizons. We value and respect all people including the people we support, their families, our employees, volunteers and partners. Christian Horizons values the diversity of race, disability, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, colour and all other grounds articulated in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Christian Horizons’ understanding of scripture is that it reveals God’s love, desire and purposes toward all humanity. Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22: 37-38) Jesus goes on to say, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)
Jesus said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbour as yourself."
(Matthew 22: 37, 38)
Our core values are a commitment to anyone who interacts with Christian Horizons—that they will experience these values in an atmosphere fostered by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness.
Together we seek a day where all communities realize that they are not complete until every person has the opportunity to contribute their gifts – where every person truly belongs.
Our Service Principles
Christian Horizons seeks to provide supports in a manner consistent with its perspective that all people have intrinsic value as image-bearers of God. In keeping with its vision, mission and values, Christian Horizons will provide services and supports consistent with the following principles:
We Promote Full Citizenship
We understand full citizenship to mean that people are treated with dignity and respect and are able to exercise their rights and responsibilities as accepted members of society. We recognize that persons with exceptional needs are at risk of not benefitting fully from the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship; therefore, we seek to assist each person to realize those benefits and, when necessary, will advocate with people so they can experience fuller citizenship.
We Work to Enhance Relationships
We recognize that each person has a need to associate with others. We believe relationships are essential to a person’s quality of life. We believe that family and friends play a significant role in helping a person realize his or her full potential. We recognize that persons with exceptional needs are at risk of being marginalized and excluded; therefore, we seek to assist each person to develop valuable and positive interpersonal relationships.
We Recognize Each Person's Right to Self-Determination
We believe that all people want to have choice and control in their lives. We recognize that persons with exceptional needs are at risk for not having their right to self-determination respected; therefore, we will respect and will follow each person’s direction for their life, help access information to assist in making informed decisions, and foster independence in ways that are meaningful to the person.
We Seek to Value People's Gifts
We believe every person has gifts to share. We recognize that persons with exceptional needs are at risk of not having their gifts recognized and valued, therefore, we will work to enhance the recognition of people’s gifts and to empower people to share their gifts and skills in their community through employment, volunteering, belonging, etc.
We Encourage Continuous Growth and Development
We believe that people grow and develop throughout their life. We recognize that people with exceptional needs are at risk for not having access to opportunities for growth and development, therefore, we will work to support people to explore opportunities to try new things and pursue their goals.
We Recognize the Need for Holistic Supports
We believe that a person is more than the sum of his or her parts. It is impossible to totally capture a person’s existence into a few words and phrases. We recognize that persons with exceptional needs are at risk for being seen in a fragmented way, with needs in various areas; therefore we will work to provide supports in a holistic fashion, addressing areas such as:
Since God created people in his image, people can demonstrate God-like qualities such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (New English Translation)
The Bible provides both examples and instructions to show us that healthy communities embrace belonging, as they value the gifts and unique contributions each person makes.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-5 (New International Version)