We would like to share a few things about the history and work of the Anchor Canadian Reformed Association for the Handicapped, aka Anchor Association. Some of you are quite familiar with our Association, especially if you live near one of our group homes and have met our residents here and there. Others may be less familiar with the history of the Association. We are a registered charity run by a Board of Directors. Our basis is Holy Scripture, as summarized in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt.
In 1976 a group of Canadian Reformed parents met in Hamilton to discuss the possibility of setting up a home for the care and support of their children with special needs. Most of these individuals with a disability lived at their parental homes, some in an institution, others in government run group homes and a few were with Christian Horizons and Homestead.
Over time, it became clear that there was a need for consistency. It was determined that as an extension of the ministry of mercy, the church would assist in this care.
The organization was started to support individuals with developmental disabilities, and depending on the availability of appropriate support, individuals with mental disabilities have also joined the homes.