Moe and Ann are two people with disabilities supported by The Mills Community Support in Almonte, Ontario. They were having difficulty really feeling that they belonged at the church they were attending. Few people said “hi” to them and they didn’t engage well with the format or the activities. Thousands of people go through similar experiences, whether or not they identify as having a disability. Fortunately, this time thanks to the MAPS research team (Ottawa U, Queen’s, and Lakehead) the process and (spoilers!) beautiful result was captured in a short documentary.
There was a viewing party at the Ottawa Valley Vinyard Church where Moe and Ann attend, the church is sharing it with their networks and Mills Community Support is sharing it with their staff teams as well to demonstrate the importance and value of person-centred thinking and planning. There have even been a couple of articles written on it, which you can find here and here.
This story continues to develop – for instance, until this documentary, members of the church had no idea just how much their relationships and conversations meant to Ann and Moe. What is your response to this video? How would your church go about welcoming people with exceptional needs who were stopping by to see if it was a good ‘fit’?