URSA strongly believes that individuals of all abilities thrive in a community setting, versus institutional living. While similar to our other residential homes URSA’s Kootenay Lodge is designed to provide safe, supported, community-based housing for homeless, at-risk, Indigenous people with disabilities.
This is a true home for individuals promoting safety, growth, learning, and happiness. The biggest difference in this home is that life is focused around Indigenous customs and culture including traditional ceremonies, food, activities, and everyday living. Kootenay Lodge employs a “wholistic” approach to serving this vulnerable population. This program consults with and is educated by the Medicine Wheel and elders within the community to provide support and services that address the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of residents.
This program is primarily funded by Human Services – Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD)
Eligible individuals for Kootenay Lodge include:
- Indigenous (Metis, status, non-status) with a disability.
- Medical needs must be managed by care giving staff (there are no medical staff such as LPN’s or RN’s).
- Able to live in a group setting.
- Able to pay the room and board charges.
Most referrals are through Human Service – Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD).