During the summer of 1974 Bob and Meridee Storey opened Storey Group Homes in Campbellford and this program was the first mixed modality home established by an Outside Paid Agency (OPR). Bob and Meridee had opened the first mixed modality home for Catholic Children’s Aid Society (CCAS) in 1972 and this paved the way for a new family based concept: foster parents with youth workers as auxiliary staff for support and relief.
In 1975 Hugh McClure joined Bob Storey as a partner in Storey Homes. Storey Homes expanded and opened its first residential program in Toronto in 1979.
Harold Cleary joined the company in 1981-82 as a Social Worker/Supervisor.
Millie Frederickson joined the Storey Homes team to supervise the Campbellford programs in 1984 and Don Storey joined in 1985 to supervise the expansion of the Toronto programs.
In 1985 Bob Robinson joins the Storey Homes team to become the Care Provider in the Independent Living Mentorship program, first in Campbellford then in Toronto. Bob stayed in this role until 1988 then left Storey Homes to work in various residential programs throughout Ontario.
In 1996 Hugh became the sole owner of the Storey Homes company as the residential programs expanded from Campbellford and Toronto all the way to Ottawa.
Harold left Storey Homes in 1997 to start up his own residential programs under the name of Enterphase.
In 2000 Don Storey becomes Director for all the residential programs licensed under Storey Homes for the Toronto/Oshawa regions.
In 2009 Don Storey and Bob Robinson purchased Storey Homes from Hugh McClure. Storey Homes continues to provide quality residential care across central and eastern Ontario and has been able to adapt to meet the needs of the referring agencies.
Since being Operators Bob and Don have improved Storey Homes services by introducing Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) from Cornell University as its evidence-based crisis management model, as well as CAFAS, as its evidence-based risk-needs assessment model for the development and evaluation of goals, risks and strengths.
Storey Homes also implements Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) as its evidence-based skills building model and are currently working on introducing CPS to all of its residential programs across the province.
All Storey Homes Foster Care and Group Care (mixed modality) programs are licensed annually by the Ministry (MCYS) and many Children’s Aid Society (CAS) reviews have stated that Storey Homes programs surpass licensing standards and deliver exceptional quality of care to its children and youth.
Ownership and Management
Many of Storey Homes licensed homes are owned or leased by Storey Homes while others are owned by the Care Providers living with the children and youth admitted into our programs. Programming and delivery of services is operated by Storey Homes. All programs are licensed annually by the Ministry of Community, Family and Children’s Services. Budgets are also approved by the Ministry with a 90% occupancy rate as set in the per diem rates.
The Management Team is comprised of the Executive Director, Business Director, Director of Operations, Area Supervisors, Program Supervisors, and a Registered Social Worker.
Due to the widespread geographic area of the licensed programs, regional meetings occur between the Area Supervisor and Director of Operations, who meet regularly to discuss each home (Care Provider and youth), each program’s needs, challenges, trends, patterns, physical plant/renovations and discusses best practices for the delivery of services.
The management team meets regularly to review the operations of each area/location, policies and procedures, licensing standards, hiring and training needs, complaints and reviews the programs growth to meet client needs.
The Directors meet quarterly to discuss fiscal responsibility, service application and delivery, and to discuss best practice in the areas of: labour, employment and child welfare.
The Bookkeeper and Office Assistant support the management team and directors as required.
Administrative Review Committee
The Administrative Review Committee is a Management Group consisting of Agency Administrative Personnel. It’s primary function is that of reviewing Agency policy and delivery of service in respect to “best practices” process. Representation consists of Directors and Supervisors and invited consultants, reflecting the spectrum of services provided by Storey Homes. Accounts Manager and legal support services will similarly participate as the need arises.
Mandate and Vision
Storey Homes’ mandate is to provide safe, supportive and nurturing environments with a focus on skill development and healthy living within a healthy home setting while living with supportive, knowledgeable and trained Care Providers and support/relief staff.
Storey Homes’ vision is to provide the opportunity for our clients to develop the knowledge, ability and skills to manage their lives in a healthy, meaningful and productive manner.
Storey Homes believes kids can succeed with the right supports. Young people require supervision, positive adults and role models, opportunities and resources to grow and positive feedback to develop and achieve their goals.
Storey Homes’ philosophy also recognizes that a variety of resources are required to meet our clients’ complex needs, which is why networking with stakeholders and community resources is an essential part of meeting young peoples’ needs.
Storey Homes has attempted to successfully address the ever-changing needs of the community, specifically in respect to that of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families. It has become evident that the “needs” have often outgrown many of the traditional services available.
Storey Homes programs and professional support services are working towards addressing those needs in developing a spectrum of services; parent model, mixed modality, resources for latency, upper latency, and adolescent who can benefit from the therapeutic residential or academic services.
Our community based “day treatment” programs enrich a young student’s learning while recognizing the challenges that exist and promote growth by individualizing the lesson plans and methodology of delivery.
Storey Homes utilizes a strength based approached to all service plans (Plan of Cares) and utilizes evidence based resources to: assess (CAFAS), to establish a therapeutic relationship and methods of intervention in times of crisis (TCI), to teach a young person’s new skills (CPS) and a collaborative process where the adults work alongside the clients we serve, solving problems together.