wâpanAcâhcahk - Morningstar Home in English - is one of our newest housing options. Located in Terrace Heights, Morningstar is a 47-unit permanent supportive housing program. It is guided by our housing philosophy: we believe that everyone deserves a full measure of dignity and respect, meaning that we meet people where they are and assist them in achieving their goals rather than imposing conditions.
Every wâpanAcâhcahk resident has a case worker who assists them with medical appointments, financial matters, and various other systems. The case workers help residents navigate the complexities of their situations, ensuring they have the support they need to thrive.
A Welcoming Place
The residents have a diverse range of backgrounds and needs.
One resident was houseless since 1984 before moving into Morningstar, and now “he has the cleanest place in the building. He’s the cleanest person I’ve ever met,” shares Jennifer Caron, Morningstar’s program manager. Another man, “moved into Morningstar after his encampment was taken over by a beaver.”
wâpanAcâhcahk has a multidisciplinary team on-site, including an occupational therapist, addiction and mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses. They are a lifeline for our residents, providing essential services and support.
But Morningstar is more than just a housing initiative; it's a community. From the moment you step into the building, you can feel the sense of camaraderie and belonging. Residents look out for each other, forming bonds that go beyond shared living spaces. They celebrate each other's victories, however small, and provide comfort during challenging times. This sense of community extends beyond the walls of wâpanAcâhcahk.
Being Good Neighbours
Morningstar is new to the Terrace Heights neighborhood - it opened a few months ago - and the surrounding community has been incredibly welcoming. We have a diverse group of residents, some very independent, others needing more support. We're working with local community leagues and businesses to integrate our residents into the wider community, hosting events like community kitchens and computer literacy programs.
These initiatives not only provide our residents with valuable skills but also foster a sense of belonging. They create opportunities for our residents to interact with their neighbors, to contribute to their community, and to feel a part of something bigger. They help break down barriers and dispel misconceptions, fostering understanding and acceptance.
We're committed to being good neighbors, to contributing to the community, and to making Terrace Heights a better place for all its residents.
wâpanAcâhcahk is not just a building; it's a testament to what we can achieve when we believe in the inherent dignity and worth of every individual.