During the late 1990s, Peter and Mirka Stoye provided consulting services to personal care and support service provider agencies in the areas of business systems and process, operating strategy, human resources and industrial psychology. They saw the growing need for support services for individuals and families dealing with complex medical and neurological issues, brain injury, spinal cord injury, mental health issues and developmental disabilities.
With the encouragement of others, they lauched their own agency in 1998, providing medical and supportive care to individuals with serious injuries, physical disabilities, developmental and mental challenges. Grounded in the values and principles of the Stoyes’ faith, their first personal care home and its services were person-centered and focused on each client's needs as a whole human being. MirkaCare has continued to apply these values and principles in all that it does.
“The birth of our first group home was like the birth of a first child,” says Mirka. “We treated it with love, devotion, care, lots of attention and protection.” The Stoye family celebrated every small step their clients took on the road of healing and living a more independent or integrated life—the first words they spoke after long hours of rehabilitation, the first steps taken or the fulfillment felt when they could communicate or interact with a family member or friend. They provided emotional and psychological counseling support to both the individual and their family members, leading to further healing and positive changes.
From its beginnings, MirkaCare has continued to grow. It now provides services in over 30 locations to more than 70 individuals and employs over 200 staff. All MirkaCare associates carefully explore and embrace new ideas, strategies and approaches that will allow them to care for and support each individual’s and family’s specific and unique set of circumstances.