The Lifesharing program (also known as Family Living) is an alternative
to living in a residential home. Families can provide this service to
individuals with mental retardation. For their involvement, the
Lifesharing Provider receives a monthly stipend for services rendered.
Currently, there are many Lifesharing homes in the Hope continuum of
Placements are made using a “matching” process, which has proven to be successful with the families and individuals. To become a Lifesharing Provider, an application is submitted, after contacting the agency. A Hope Enterprises Inc. employee conducts a family study, which provides information about the family, their home, and activities. This assists in making the right match between individual and family. Individuals referred to the Lifesharing Program will have the opportunity to visit with the family, prior to moving in, to insure that this living situation suits everyone’s lifestyle and needs.
One of our successful Lifesharing placements is Bob. Bob came to Hope as a troubled young man from a broken home. As he was growing up, Bob began to have behavior problems, which resulted in a placement in a children’s home. Behaviors continued which could not be controlled. Bob was sent from one home to another, which never proved to help him. Bob came to Hope’s Lifesharing program when he was 20 years old. He was overweight, quite aggressive, and lacked the desire to learn new things. Bob moved into a home with the Smith family. The Smiths did not do things the way Bob had experienced them previously. The family worked slowly with Bob and he was incorporated into their family setting. After time, Bob lost a lot of weight. He wore new clothing that he felt good about wearing. Bob became part of the family unit and routines were easier to do. Now, Bob is the “grill master,” doing a fine job with outdoor cooking. He looks forward to helping to cut the grass. According to the Smiths, they wouldn’t be the same had Bob not become a part of their lives.
Questions About Lifesharing Program
For questions about the Lifesharing Program in Lycoming, Clinton, or Northunberland Counties please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about the Lifesharing Program in Columbia, Montour, Snyder, or Union Counties please contact email@example.com