Butters Homes


Butters Homes was created by the Butters Foundation in 1986 to manage the network of homes that the Foundation had purchased since its inception in 1976. The organizations are associated through interlocking boards of directors but have separate legal identities. The properties that the company purchases or builds are requested by our partner public establishment and financed by the solicitation efforts of the Butters Foundation. The company presently has 23 properties located throughout the territory,including a 100 hectare farm in Rougemont and a 14.9 acre camp property


in Frelighsburg.


Butters Homes, Inc has access to grants from the Société de habitation du Quebec (SHQ) and presently has seven properties that receive annual grants from this Provincial Government body.



 The Rougemont Farm

In 2010 the company purchased a working farm in the township of Rougemont on Rt. 112, just west of Granby. This 100 hectare property has an animal barn, a sugar shack, and a corral for medium to large animals. These facilities will provide challenging work for clients who go there for regular weekend and weekly respite visits.






Maison Lily Butters


maison2_450The progressive development of the public rehabilitative system in Quebec for persons with an intellectual disability since the mid 1970s has witnessed the successful return to the community of practically everybody with an intellectual disability EXCEPT those persons with severe and complex behavioral problems. These people represent a small minority of the client population of the system but they are also a costly and ill-served segment of the population, oftentimes pushed from one institution to the next without any appreciable success in treatment, and exacting a huge toll on the lives of family members. These people often languish in general and psychiatric hospitals across the Province and across the country, taking up expensive beds and frustrating ill-equipped but well-meaning professionals. These severely disabled people represent a significant challenge for the field of intellectual disability in Quebec and the rest of the country. Once these people are properly treated and rehabilitated, all intellectually disabled people will have had the chance to live in the community and profit from a decent quality of life.

In order, however, to return people with severe behavioral problems to the community, the public social service system must “retool” itself by adapting its physical infrastructure to meet the clinical needs of this challenging client group and to carry out practical research projects that will advance the science of rehabilitating people with complex behavioral problems. Physical space designed to facilitate and enhance the provision of specialized services will allow highly qualified professionals the opportunity to work in an efficient and effective manner. The goal of this facility will be to properly diagnose, with the complete range of diagnostic tools, the specific problems of each client and to prescribe appropriate clinical programs to be eventually administered in less restricted community environments. Stays in such a clinical facility would be limited to periods of 120 days, the length of time required to stabilize a “disorganized” client, effectively diagnose his problems, and build a tailor-made individualized program to be implemented in an appropriate living environment in the community.

maison_lily_butters1_400Such a facility would be a first in Canada wherein mental health and social rehab professionals worked together to solve a lingering social problem, and would be owned by Butters Homes, Inc., the property management arm of the Butters Foundation. It would, in turn, be leased back to the public establishment on a long-term basis. Ownership of the building would remain outside the public domain in perpetuity.

The need is to build and to create an equivalent in the field of mental retardation to the ultra-specialized acute-care hospital in the field of general curative medicine, an institution of world-class stature, linked to universities for the purpose of research, capable of working in French or in English and open to treat anybody from the Province of Quebec. This kind of environment would make all the difference in the world to a client who has never been properly diagnosed and has, consequently, never received the clinical treatment he or she needed to overcome a severe behavioral problem.

The Service

maison_lily_event_280After a successful campaign, the service opened in December of 2008. Clients needing intensive treatment entered the facility one at a time. The research project came on line at the same time. See Research Protocol for more information on the research project. Click here.Treatments have been monitored as per the research protocol since day one. Clients have completed their assessment and program planning and have returned to less segregated living environments,




Maison Lily Butters

This state-of-the-art eight bed diagnostic and crisis behavioural intervention facility has seen a successful turnover of clients since opening its doors in December of 2008. Remember that this facility was designed as a temporary evaluation and treatment centre for adolescents and young adults with destabilizing emotional and behavioural problems. These problems cause immense challenges for families, themselves and their surroundings. Since opening, over 50 clients have left the facility and returned to community housing, causing relief to families, savings to the public system and improved quality of life for the clients themselves. During this period, the research component has been able to document new best practices directly related to the facility and is putting together an interim report that will be available for distribution shortly. The plan is to multiply the results of our investments by sharing our experiences with colleagues in other parts of the country.


Camp Garagona


Artist’s Impression: looking northeast toward proposed Camp Garagona buildings from left to right: art barn, administration, hall, tower, dorm, cafeteria - Photo shows existing camp structures.

Artist’s Impression: looking northeast toward proposed Camp Garagona buildings from left to right: art barn, administration, hall, tower, dorm, cafeteria – Photo shows existing camp structures.

Butters Homes recently acquired ownership of a 14.9 acre property just outside the Village of Frelighsburg based upon the understanding that the Butters Foundation would solicit funds for the adaptation of the infrastructure of the camp site. These improvements would allow the camp to accept campers with advancing physical frailties and serious behavioral problems.The campaign to raise 2.5 million for this project is ongoing. Construction of the administrative building (phase 1) was completed in the fall of of 2015, (see below). Phase 2 of the project, an Arts Barn, is scheduled to be constructed in the fall of 2017.

Current (March 2015) Construction Project - Admin Building

March 2015 Construction Project – Admin Building


The New Building!

September 2015 – The New Building

The camp during Winter

The Camp in Winter


Proposed Arts Barn

Proposed Arts Barn


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The Camp in Summer

The Camp in Summer