Creating . Belonging . Supporting

What we believe in...

Mission   We are dedicated to supporting individuals living with an intellectual disability by providing quality care, customized respite services, and fostering inclusion in our community. 

Vision     Providing adults of all abilities the opportunity to participate in their community to the best of their ability.

Values     We value an inclusive community. We celebrate individuals of all abilities.  We encourage wellness, meaningful activities and relationships, daily involvement in our community, and above all else- enjoyment in life. We do this while adhering to professional standards in quality personal care and development.


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How Abode Began...

From a very young age, I knew I wanted to open my own program for individuals living with a disability. I grew up in Belle River, with a beautiful little sister who was born with Cerebral Palsy, very unique needs, and more importantly- extraordinary abilities.  I know the family experience first hand, as well as the local supports available. Later in life,I ended up successfully completing the Developmental Service Worker program at St.Clair College. This is where I learnt of the systemic difficulties faced by individuals living with a variety of different abilities, especially after they reach adulthood. I began working for a few local day programs, beginning in Chatham and moving to an executive position at a day program in Windsor. This professional experience gave me some insight on the advantages and disadvantages of what was available. I wanted to offer something new. I wanted to take a new approach to disability services through inclusive community programming and customized respite care. I wanted to change the standards and expectations of respite and disability services. I have combined my education with my personal and professional experience to create an out-of-home respite service, Abode Respite.

Abode Respite believes in providing customized quality care and fostering an inclusive community. We do this by providing individuals of all abilities with meaningful activities, interactions, and opportunities.

Life is a journey, we would love to be a part of yours!

- Heather McCann-Smith


-Heather McCann

Executive Director