Finding Home™ : How To Belong In A Changing World

A residents-led community change approach

Introduction | Impact & Benefits | Your Next Steps | The Scaling Up Project


In the face of challenges such as refugee settlement and integration, elder abuse, affordable housing, cyber bullying, or conflicts over land and resources, people from across cultures and sectors are yearning for meaning, purpose and a sense of belonging: home.

Finding Home™ is a strengths-based community development process that fosters a sense of belonging and generates innovative citizen-led, self-organizing projects. The program provides leadership development for Agency Leaders and facilitation services for a series of 4 dialogue sessions attended by members of the Agency’s public community.

This process provides a framework in which to bring diverse cultures, individuals and sectors together. It has been used for evidence-based community planning, reconciliation and progressive community change, among other things.

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Impact and Benefits

  • Community Members

Program participants feel empowered and respected while they create meaningful new community connections and foster an increased sense of belonging.

  • Community Organizations

Finding Home™ Community Organizations appreciate the program’s focus on customized nonprofit leadership training, as well as its valuable applications for needs and strengths assessment, planning, mentoring and volunteer development.

  • Government

The Finding Home™ program identifies emerging trends and service improvement needs. As a result, government is better equipped to  create more evidence-based policies and make better decisions about where to best place resources for maximum impact.

  • Outcomes and Highlights from our Elder Financial Abuse Awareness and Prevention Program


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How Communities are using the Finding Home Approach

  • Evidence-Based Planning
    Identifying emerging trends and needs for service and program improvement and development.
  • Awareness & Prevention
    Increasing awareness, confidence, self esteem and prevention rates on a variety of topics, including elder financial abuse.
  • Fostering a Sense of Belonging
    Helping isolated, marginalized and / or culturally diverse elders discover a sense of belonging within their groups as well as in the wider community.
  • Community Collaboration
    Building trust and recognition between elders and community resources; as well as fostering inter-agency collaboration.
  • Elders’ Personal Development
    Increasing self awareness, confidence and energy.
  • Community Engagement
    Creating opportunities for elders to take an active role in their community.
  • Leadership Development
    Developing non-profit sector leadership by creating, mobilizing and supporting citizen-led, self-organizing projects.
  • Intercultural Cohesion and Reconciliation
    Improving cross-cultural understanding and relationships.

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Your Next Steps

Discover opportunities to increase your community impact with the Finding Home™ program:

  • Host a Finding Home™ Program
    The first step is to host the program. The experience gained through hosting provides a valuable foundation of familiarity with the Finding Home™ Dialogue and Capacity Building Program’s unique approach.
  • Get In-house Facilitator Training
    Once you have hosted the program, you can take the next step and train your own in-house Facilitator. Our 4 Levels of Training program teaches the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for facilitating citizen engagement for community action.

 Each level is also available as an independent workshop. The four levels are:

               Level 1: Belonging Matters

               Level 2: Citizen Engagement and Public Education

               Level 3: Mobilizing Seniors for Community Change

               Level 4: Mobilizing Communities for System ChangeTop

  • Customized Training
    Do you have your own unique approach and would like to simply increase your impact? We customize training and resource materials to your unique needs and context.

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The Scaling Up Project & Tools

Building on the success of the Finding Home Dialogues on Elder Financial Abuse Awareness and Prevention where ethno-cultural elders identified and addressed root causes in their unique contexts through generating innovative self-organizing projects, the BC Council to Reduce Elder Abuse provided funding to explore Scaling Up the Finding Home™ approach through creating sustainability tools. Finding Home™ partnered with the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC, South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, Immigrant Services Society of BC, Mosaic and Vancity on this Scaling Up Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Project.

Over the course of this project, we grounded our work in community based research through interviewing and hosting focus groups with former seniors’ participant, Host Agencies as well as leaders in community development sustainability, seniors’ policy thought leaders and Aboriginal leaders.

Read our findings:

From these findings we created a summary Implications Document

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Free Tools

We created the following tools to support Agencies in hosting Finding Home dialogues on Elder Financial Abuse Awareness and Prevention. The tools are easily adaptable to any seniors’ led community development initiative, so feel free to adapt as you need. We simply request that you credit the author, Jessie Sutherland and provide a link to as well as acknowledgement to the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC and to South Vancouver Neighbourhood House.

Finding Home Handbook

During previous Finding Home programs, together with seniors we created these tools:

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