Kelowna Community Development Society was formed in 1983 by a group of concerned citizens in response to a government initiative to close institutions and move individuals to their communities.

In the fall of 1983, we provided the first community-based group home for individuals with developmental disabilities residing in the Central Okanagan.

On June 26, 1984, the Society was the first organization in the province to welcome individuals being relocated from Tranquille to their community.

In 1988, the Society addressed the needs of elderly individuals with developmental disabilities who could no longer take part in work training programs or sheltered workshops. A community-based seniors' program was developed to provide a supportive an stimulating environment.

In 1990, emphasis was placed on integration. Through their active involvement in local seniors' groups, members participate in a variety of activities.

In has been recognized that, given a choice, not everyone would choose to live in a group home; some preferred to live with a family who offered support. This new option was developed in 2003 under Family Homes and is now known as Agency Supported Home Share.

CARF Accreditation

Kelowna Community Development Society was awarded a three-year accreditation in 2010 through CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) in Community Services: Community Housing, Community Integration, and Host Family Services.

CARF also noted the Society's exemplary practices in areas related to Community Integration and Risk Management. This represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to and organization.