Community Connections Support Services is looking for Golden residents to assist in their Home Share program.
“It is a wonderful program and provides great support to individuals with a developmental disability,” said Susan Nicholson, home share co-ordinator with Community Connections.
Home sharing is a residential option in which an adult with a developmental disability shares a home with someone who is contracted to provide ongoing support.
Homes may be owned or rented by the home sharing provider or by the individual requiring support. In some situations, the home sharing provider’s family lives in the home, and in others, people live together as roommates in a reciprocal relationship.
“A full home study is required to ensure the best possible match, and although some people may find it a bit intrusive, please remember we are supporting vulnerable individuals, and need to ensure the highest standards are met,” said Nicholson.
Individuals tend to choose this option because it provides an ideal balance of support and independence. It is entirely person-centred in that it allows individuals to select a home sharing provider and home environment that meet their unique goals and preferences.
“Home share providers are needed in the Golden area,” said Nicholson. These things tend to come in waves she said, and right now there is a wave of need in Golden.
“Anyone interested in getting more information on how to become a home share provider could contact me (250-427-0540), and I would be more than happy to provide information about the home study process,” said Nicholson.
Over the past 15 year, the number of individuals selecting this residential option has increased by more than 350 per cent, according to Common Connections.
For more information you can also visit commconn.ca.