Our culture’s social rejection of the poor, slow, or mentally ill indicates a need to reevaluate what is considered valuable in a life. This is exactly what BHM does: in the midst of a culture that tends to prioritize reason, individualism, and economic profit, we honour the holiness of each person. Many of the individuals in boarding homes have been judged as useless and dismissed by the people surrounding them. And yet, in their presence, BHM team members witness moments of profound beauty, strength, and wisdom.
BHM advocates for the value of quiet attention and agenda-free presence, as it offers rare respite within a culture that is bent towards productivity and cost-efficiency. Volunteers are encouraged to be rather than do, making BHM somewhat unique within Canada’s greater framework of care. Advocating for better care or housing standards is a delicate matter as our invitation to homes may be revoked at any time. However, BHM is committed to being an innovative voice in discourse and research on mental health care and spirituality.