The E.P.C. program helps empower adults with disabilities to live fulfilled lives. The vision of the E.P.C. program is to have people supported by the program treated with respect and be fully included in community life.
Support offered to people is unique and individualized based on the goals, needs and wants of the person. While E.P.C. primarily offers residential services, we also look at the whole person and help the person articulate and advocate for things they feel would lead to a fulfilled life. This may include different housing options, recreational opportunities with paid support workers, volunteer or employment options, exploration of services available in the community and expanding friendships and relationships. The E.P.C. program believes all people have gifts and strengths and we are all looking for our “place” not placement. We help develop person centred plans with the person, referring agencies, family members and school or day programs. We encourage people to make decisions for themselves using support networks for guidance.
Care Provider Model
E.P.C. connects a person needing supports with a care provider and they live together in the care provider’s home. The support offered varies widely, from very close relationships where people share a home and their lives, to more independent room and board situations. The arrangement depends on what the person needs and wants.
E.P.C. offers supports to people who live with their families to assist with a variety of things. This might be to provide respite to family care givers to strengthen the family’s ability to remain living together, or to provide support staff shifts to access community activities that enhance the person’s quality of life. Family supports may also be offfered to help people plan for moving out of their family home.
Independent Living Supports
E.P.C. occasionally offers supports to people who live in their own homes. Supports vary according to needs and are intended to help people continue to have independence.
Individuals can be referred for services through a number of sources; Manitoba Community Living disAbuility Services, WRHA HomeCare or Mental Health, Provincial Special Needs, or a Child and Family Services Agency. Referral packages are available through the EPC program, and sent to the attention of the Program Manager. Please include recent social, medical, family and school/vocational information.
Individuals must be eligible for appropriate levels of funding.