Our residential care homes are set up in the style of an extended family, consisting of: a set of House Coordinators, a couple of short-term volunteer Coworkers and a few Companions, all sharing life together within the home. We all participate in typical household responsibilities, go on fun outings, celebrate special events, work together to navigate conflicts and share three meals a day around our big farm-style tables. Every residential Companion at Glenora Farm has their own bedroom.
We also believe that having a healthy social life is integral to the human experience. We routinely hold community gatherings and celebrations, and many Glenora Farm Companions participate in the Cowichan Valley Special Olympics program and other local groups and events as well.
Every Companion at Glenora Farm participates in morning and afternoon workshops each weekday, working alongside other Coworkers and Companions. Generally, folks have a consistent morning workshop and then rotate through various activities in the afternoons. Our workshops range from farm work to meal preparation to artistic and musical activities.
Every Companion has an active role in deciding which workshops they will participate in. Coworkers and Companions alike aim to grow and develop the skills required within their workshops. Some of our Companions have worked to become master weavers, excellent cooks, careful candle dippers and more.
Our Day Program runs from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day. Day Program participants work alongside other Companions and Coworkers in our various workshops, including: farm and garden work, artistic activities, weaving, candle dipping and more.
The day looks as follows:
9:00 a.m. – Morning Workshop and snack
12:00 p.m. – Lunch with one of our care homes (provided)
1:00 p.m. – “Rest Hour” in one of our care homes (relaxing, board games)
2:30 p.m. – Afternoon Workshop and snack
4:30 p.m. – End of the program