Ermha staff are experienced in supporting clients as they pursue independence goals. We act as mentors and coaches by supporting the changes each client wants to implement and we offer assistance to devise and test different approaches to overcoming obstacles, and discovering new ways to apply skills and knowledge.

Becoming more independent is a common goal but the specific meaning is different for each person. For some, independence is about finding a secure place to call home. For others it means preparing for and finding a job. For still others it means choosing a healthier lifestyle and creating stronger relationships. Along with greater independence comes the ability to find and use other services the community has to offer.

Independence means clients experience a better capacity to build on their strengths and test the most effective ways to reach their goals. Independence also means greater resilience so people recover faster from setbacks and stay focussed on what is important to them.