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A Timeline of Our History



A Place to Call Home

The Cedars was opened in 1974 and was the first group home of Communitas (then MCC BC Mental Health Committee.) Later that year, they opened their second home, Twin Firs. Both homes operated with a house-parent model.


An Unchanged Mission

Our organization began in the 1970s and while many things have changed in the 50 years since then, our mission has stayed the same.

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Making Choices and Connections

Communitas’ longest running service began in 1978, supporting people in community. This inspiring story tells you more!



Reclaiming Home

Communitas was part of the community living movement that brought people out of institution and into community

Babich House Original Home


A New Model for Home Living

Between 1984 and 1989, Communitas established four homes for people living with disabilities. Some, like the one pictured above, are still in use today.

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Day Services Begin

Our Community Living Program (CLP) was the first of many day services we offer today.

The Time Of Eternity


Infant King Records begins

IKR recording label produced dozens of recordings, the sale of which supported Communitas’ services. This recording is from the West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir’s album, titled “In a grain of sand.”



Support Towards Employment Program Takes Its First STEPs

STEP supported people living with mental health challenges to find meaningful work through various social enterprises. Read this story to see how STEP eveolved and how this work continues this work today.


Journey to Wellness

Communitas was privileged to be a part of providing services and adapting to the needs of community mental health, something we continue to do today.

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In 1992, a separate legal entity was formed called Mennonite Central Committee Supportive Care Services (MCC SCS).



Home Living Options Grow

The 90s saw enormous growth in Home Living Options with homes opening in the Fraser Valley, Okanagan, and the Fraser Valley


Meaningful Contributions

Communitas Enterprises supports people living with diverse abilities as they look for meaningful work in their communities.

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Branching Out

We expanded our services into North Vancouver Island and the Okanagan

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Acquired Brain Injury Supports Begin

Drop-In Centres for people living with ABI are established in Chilliwack and Abbotsford. Learn more about how this service has grown!



MCCSCS Becomes Communitas

2007 when MCC SCS officially changed its name to Communitas Supportive Care Society.



Communities of Care

From children to adults, Communitas is creating communities of care, providing person-centred care throughout a person’s life.

Matthew's House Private Open House Event


Matthew’s House Opens

In 2013, Communitas celebrated the opening of Matthew’s House, a respite home for families with children who have complex health care issues.

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Everyone deserves a place to belong.


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