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Mission & History

Our Mission

As an expression of Christian faith, we work together with people who experience disabilities to accomplish their goals and nurture communities where everybody belongs.

Our Vision

People who experience disabilities belong to communities in which their God-given gifts are valued and respected.

Our History

It all started in 1965. With the arrival of their son Steven Reese, Jim and Adrienne Reese realized that there was a need for a Christian organization to support families who experience developmental disabilities in Ontario. The Reeses enlisted the help of their friends and the ministry that would come to be called Christian Horizons was born.

In 1974, several years after the first successful two-week camp in the Haliburton Highlands, the purchase of a home in Waterloo for ten adults with disabilities introduced new options for residential services. Christian Horizons has since grown to include community participation support, educational services, vacation services and host family services – each providing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to share their gifts in communities where everybody belongs. An ongoing commitment to innovative faith-based service options, international partnerships, and annual family camp experiences carry on the vision that originally inspired the Reese family not only in Canada but around the world.

The Reese Family, 1972

To learn more about the history of Christian Horizons and current services, read the case study from our friends over at Cardus.

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Our Values

Christian Horizons’ values arise from our belief that every person is loved by God and created in His image. Because of this, we strive to honour God and value people in all we do and with all of our resources.

We promote communities where everybody belongs and each person’s gifts are celebrated. This includes people with and without disabilities, employees, families, volunteers, and partners. We value and respect diversity of race, disability, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, colour and all other grounds reflected in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and provincial human rights codes. You can read our anti-racism statement .

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Valuing people

We believe that all people are created in the image of God and are loved and valued equally.

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Fostering belonging

We strengthen communities by fostering a sense of belonging with people who experience disabilities.

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Serving others

We mobilize our faith to effectively and compassionately support those around us.

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Respecting gifts

We celebrate the many skills, abilities, and contributions that everybody, including people with disabilities, offer the world around them.

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Strategic Plan

Learn more about our planning into 2025 by reading our Onward strategic plan.

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