Rehabilitation and Episodic Supportive Transition Program (REST)

The first priority at Bruce House is to provide the best individual care for our clients ensuring a smooth transition from House to supported independent living, however there were times when a gap was created in the continuum of care. In order to close the gap that may leave some clients vulnerable to housing instability, food insecurity and loss of independence we developed the the REST Program. The objective is to provide a strategic response to a crisis that may impact the security of stable housing for those living with HIV/AIDS. It provides the opportunity for clients to receive support during an episodic crisis, the development of short and long-term goals to manage health, and the opportunity for respite for friends and/or family members who may be currently caring for their loved ones.

REST is our assurance that every client will have the security of a bridge if they are transitioning to independent living, or if they are facing obstacles that may impact their day to day living.

To help our client, the REST Program will assess, collaborate and take action through the following steps:
1. Referral through community partners, staff, volunteers in the Buddy program, the Supported Independent Living Program, the Transition House Program or the community at large.
2. Assessment of the client’s circumstances by the Coordinator of the REST Program.
3. Collaboration with the Volunteer Services Coordinator to facilitate a partnership with a trained REST Program volunteer
4. Case management development and facilitation of a best practice model to support the unique situation of each client.
5. Implementation of the short-term care necessary to enhance the quality of life and progress towards health and resumption of daily living activities.

For more information about this program please call our office and ask to speak with program staff, or email:

Sam Taylor
REST Program Coordinator