RUMFORD — The Hope Association is seeking support professionals for the Supported Living and Shared Living programs.

Supported Living programs are for individuals with disabilities who have developed many of the skills needed to live more independently, but who still need some skilled supports to teach and manage their activities of daily living.

Some of those skills include bill paying and good personal financial management, menu planning, shopping, cooking and clean-up, good personal hygiene, medical supports, medication administration, safety in the community, engaging in community activities and other needs as identified by the individual in his/her personal planning meeting.

Hours of support can vary from daily to as little as once a week to ensure that things are going well. Individuals in Supported Living have 24/7 access to skilled support if needed. Staff are qualified direct support professionals who are employees of the Hope Association and maintain their training and certification through the association. Staff need to be able to work a flexible schedule that meets the individual needs of the people who are supported.

Shared Living programs are those that connect adults with disabilities to private families or individuals who agree to provide quality living and support services in their private home. Residential support is provided to foster independence and a feeling of self-worth for individuals while providing oversight for good health, good hygiene, good dietary practices and meal preparation and transportation to medical appointments, day activities and other events.

It is generally a long-term commitment to provide ongoing stability and support. Respite supports can be arranged. Shared Living providers are not direct employees of the Hope Association, but sub contract their services and support to the association and agree to maintain training and certification to ensure quality services.

Those interested in learning more about becoming a direct support professional for the Hope Association or about providing Shared Living Support should call 207-364-4561.

Interested applicants need to be 18 or older, reliable and dependable, have a valid and clear Maine driver’s license and must be able to pass a criminal background check.

Hope Association staff member Jennifer Beauton assists David Eastman, a participant in the Supported Living Program.

Stacy Thompson, a Shared Living provider, assists Richard Jennison, a program participant.


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