K & K Quality Care Ltd. in Charlottetown is a community access program for people with an intellectual disability. Kathy Ward Doucette is the Owner and Operator, and her son Matthew Youland also works in the business.
“Our person-centered program is designed to assist individuals in acquiring the life skills necessary for personal growth, enhancing their family environment and community life,” says Kathy.
They offer programs such as social skills, discipline skills, work/school skills and academics, comprehension, problem solving, communication, and self-esteem.
Presently, 15 to 17 clients attend the program daily. Respite care is also offered to existing clients. Kathy also works with families that need help navigating other services and programs that could benefit their child.
The five staff work full-time and are all graduates from the Holland College Human Services program or the Child and Youth Worker program.
Kathy graduated from the Human Services program, and then opened the business. Kathy’s son Matthew graduated from the Child and Youth Worker program at Holland College, went to university, and then moved out west for a few years. He returned to PEI to help his mother with the business. “Life on PEI fits me,” says Matthew. “I’m close to family and I have good work opportunities.”
They hire at least two additional positions in the summer, and look for the same background in the summer staff as their full-time staff. “Finding the right person is always a challenge,” says Kathy. “The person must be willing to go beyond the call of duty and have lots of initiative. Clients and parents need to be comfortable knowing that each staff member will meet their expectations. This work requires a level of maturity that takes time and day-to-day experience to achieve.”
For more information, contact Kathy Ward Doucette at 902-367-5496. Visit www.kkqc.ca.