Frequently Asked Questions
Is Homes Giving Hope a licensed care facility?
We are not a licensed care facility or a group home. We serve individuals with mild intellectual and development disabilities (I/DD), a population who are under-served, who are stuck in the gap between living independently and needing a care facility. We are a Christ-centered living community designed to meet the unique needs of individuals who have the skills to live on their own, but still need light support. Individuals rent a room and share common spaces and have the support of a Resident Assistant (RA) living alongside them in the home.
How many residents will live in each home?
Home sizes may vary depending on the location. Our goal is to have multiple roommates (3-4) for the purpose of social engagement and growth. Each home will have a Resident Assistant, someone who lives there as a mentor and will guide residents as needed. The Resident Assistant will also coordinate the home’s dinners, activities and cultivate a family/caring atmosphere of cooperation and responsibility.
Is my son/daughter ready to live at Homes Giving Hope?
Our living community is designed for independent living with light support. Our homes accommodate those who are able to provide for their own self-care needs, prepare basic meals, self-administer medications, along with other basic life skills. Email [email protected] to complete readiness questions that will guide you in deciding whether your son/daughter is at a level of independence that would allow him/her to be successful at Homes Giving Hope.
What if I am unable to afford the monthly rent and service fee?
While our ministry is developing, we are asking that individuals and families who are interested be able to meet the established financial obligations. As our ministry grows there may be an opportunity and resources to help fill this financial gap.
What will the days look like for people who live there?
Each person living there will schedule their own weekly activities, whether it be a job, volunteering, or community living support. The Resident Assistant together with residents will create a Covenant Agreement, their own rules they agree to live by. Each home will meet weekly/bi-weekly with their Resident Assistant to plan their dinner menus, indoor and outdoor activities, and social events for bringing the community to HGH and for connection in the broader community for our individuals. Each resident meets with the Resident Assistant and Coordinator of Residential Affairs weekly or as needed to discuss any support they may need or to work situations.
How much does it cost to live at Homes Giving Hope?
Our rent is $1100 per month. The rent covers all utilities, covers dinner meals and allows us to have a resident assistant on site through the overnight, providing light support as needed. This also includes the oversight of each home, assuring safety, 24/7 on-call services, maintenance of the home, yard/snow removal, furnishing for common areas, etc. Our goal is to provide the level of supported needed for growth in independence.
What will social activities look like?
Each Resident Assistant will be planning weekly activities with the individuals living in their house. Monthly social events will include possible future residents, families and friends from the community. The monthly events are planned together with the Coordinator of Residential Affairs, residents, resident assistant and social group members.
What about transportation?
We ask that residents, families schedule and arrange their own transportation for employment and other individual needs and activities. Homes Giving Hope has a vehicle reserved for group transportation, as well as, scheduled times for individual transportation. Transportation is a service we plan to develop further as our organization grows, recognizing this is an important part of living independently.
Does Homes Giving Hope allow pets?
Our current home has an emotional support dog from Paws with a Cause. While we ask that one does not bring a personal pet, there may be an opportunity for a home pet.
What does it mean to be a Christ-centered community?
We treat one other with respect and dignity knowing we are all made in the image of God and dearly loved children. We acknowledge that we are not perfect and all fall short in serving one another with our works/deeds/words. We embrace our need for Jesus and His grace and we use Grace Filled Conversations as we strive to relate to one another in a life-giving manner. At times, residents encourage each other through devotions/discussions and prayer time together.