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WE ARE VITA

“We have been transforming the lives of our Members and Families for 30 years and counting”

We are a not-for-profit charitable agency encompassing two organizations, together [WE ARE VITA]. We provide specialized services to help and support adults with developmental disabilities, dual diagnosis, and chronic mental illness to live life to fullest in our community. We blend the strengths and expertise of both organizations to deliver Member-focused services and innovative practices that optimize personal growth and independence and contribute to advancing the sectors we work within.

VITA COMMUNITY LIVING SERVICES (VITA CLS)

Founded in 1986, VITA CLS is funded primarily by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services to provide a range of community-based, person-directed services for adults with developmental disabilities and dual diagnosis (a developmental disability and mental illness) that foster independence, enhance quality of life and community inclusion.

MENS SANA FAMILIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH (MENS SANA)

Mens Sana was created in 1991 by families in York Region who came together to support one another, and to provide the services and supports their family members needed. Funded almost exclusively by the generosity of donors, Mens Sana offers residential supports, clinical and referral services, and day services for adults with chronic mental illness.

TOGETHER, WE ARE VITA

An agency that blends the strengths and expertise of both organizations to deliver member-focused services and innovative practices that optimize personal growth and independence, and contributes to advancing the sectors we work within. While governed by two separate Boards, we share an integrated organizational structure and benefit from the operational efficiencies of both of them. This allows us to maximize productivity, adding value to our program delivery and service excellence.

*As per approved policies and past annual reports

MISSION

To provide safety, respect and community through services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and/or mental health needs.
*As per approved policies

VISION

  • Understanding that safety is a basic human right
  • Treating everyone with dignity, honesty, respect and compassion
  • Being a caring and professional organization
  • Having progressive, innovative and adaptive personnel
  • Promoting the achievement of individual choices, dreams and aspirations
  • Respecting individual rights
  • Fostering the Italian Canadian heritage of VITA’s origins

*As per approved policies

VALUES

  • Create a safe place for individuals to live and work.
  • Develop an atmosphere of trust for all.
  • Respect cultural heritage.
  • Practice positive management for staff.
  • Follow direction from members regarding personal goals and dreams.
  • Aspire to provide open access to all with mental health and/or intellectual disabilities regardless of their need.
  • Encourage members, families and staff to provide insight, oversight and feedback.
  • Promote the idea of voice for all, members, family and staff.
  • Provide opportunity to access all the community has to offer.
  • Educate the larger community about the value of those with disabilities.
  • Challenge ourselves to stay current, stay fresh and stay committed.

*As per approved policies