Operated by the Kootenay Region Association for Community Living, the mission of Spectrum Farms is to provide tolerant paid employment and independent living housing opportunities for persons with disabilities, through the operation of Spectrum Farms, in a manner consistent with the abilities of those persons.
Thanks to incredibly forward thinking, progressive, energized, dedicated people, past and present, who volunteered hours and hours of their expertise, Spectrum Farms, located at 849 Erickson Rd in Creston, BC, is a successful conglomerate of valuable resources benefitting many people in the Creston Valley.
Being employed at Spectrum Farms has been a God send to many people with special needs. Whether it be in the little bakery baking cookies and scones, working in the dehydrating section making soups, fruit leathers and dried fruits, or gardening, digging, planting, sowing, watering, weeding, picking and sorting a huge variety of vegetables, and apples, cherries, raspberries and other wonderful fruits, or working inside the green house, working in the little store, raising chickens for eggs or helping out at the Farmers Market.
Some of the positive outcomes for the workers include experiencing team work and learning new skills, resulting in incredible personal growth, heightened self-esteem, happier mental health, physically healthier, all has been invaluable. This in itself has been a bonus and gives peace of mind, not only to the workers and staff, but also to their families and caregivers. And as we all know when one is able to work and earn money, the joy and satisfaction is priceless and rewards all of society!
The Cedar Linden housing project, completed in 2020, has 9 beautiful one and two bedroom apartments. Each unit is complete with appliances, air conditioning, washer and drier and keeping true to KRACL’s mandate, was built specifically to accommodate people of low income with disabilities. Many thanks to BC Housing and the Columbia Basin Trust for their generosity.
The renovated Archibald House houses 4 tenants and the Cottage houses 1 tenant. These houses provide the tenants with comfortable and affordable abodes, promoting independence and social skills needed to live a satisfying happy life.
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