Our History

In 1980 the members of the Church at Westmount (now the AGAPE Foundation) saw the need for community based services for adults living with the effects of an acquired brain injury. Funding was secured from the Ontario Government in 1984 and a site was provided by the members of the Church at Westmount. One of the first such programs in the province, this site became a transitional living centre called The Dale Home, named after the owners of the site.  

From its grassroots inception, The Dale Home was a leader in innovative approaches to service delivery.  By 1990, the services provided by The Dale Home had outgrown the farmhouse.  Through a major donation by the AGAPE Foundation The Dale Home Board members and staff designed and built The Dale Centre, still located at 815 Shelborne Street in London. Operational funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health enabled Dale to continue to provide, enhance and expand their services to acquired brain injury survivors.  As a result of the expansion, and move from the farmhouse the organization was renamed Dale Head Injury Services.  By 1996 developments in the field of acquired brain injury and current terminology led to a decision to change the name to Dale Brain Injury Services (DBIS).

In 2009 DBIS was very fortunate to have formed a partnership with Homes Unlimited to occupy the 2nd floor of their newly constructed Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Project, Nelson Place.  This new residence gave some participants the opportunity of having their own apartments.

2010 brought yet another partnering opportunity for us. In conjunction with SDI Builders, DBIS redeveloped 164 Albert Street into a 20 unit apartment building for individuals requiring affordable housing, and support services on an Outreach basis.  Renovation costs were supported by the Canada-Ontario Affordable Housing Program.  We are grateful to the City of London for approving our partnership with SDI for this project.

We have progressed through many changes since those early days and we are committed to continued growth in the future. What has remained constant, and will not change, is our commitment to our clients and our role in helping them to build their futures.