Home Life has several residential programs each operated by a separate Program Manager and overseen by a Program Director. Eight group homes, a Supported Living program and our VOC/ATE program serve approximately 60 plus people with disabilities in Benton County. Each program promotes independent living skills and community integration. Home Life is a second family to many of the clients, therefore, we strive to serve our clients through each stage of life. Our programs continue to evolve and change to meet the needs of the new generation as well as our aging population.
"Coho is a community of 34 homes, a combination two, three and four bedroom flats and two and three bedroom townhomes” (CoHo Eco Village). Home Life serves three clients at the CoHo Flat. Clients are able to join others in the common house to participate in shared meals on a regular basis and meet to plan, play, and party. Cohousing provides community integration for adults with developmental disabilities and a place for our clients to contribute to a larger community.
The Woods house, once known as the Duplex, serves three clients. Clients have their own bedroom, share bathrooms, and enjoy a large living space with a yard. The house was dedicated in honor of Margaret and Charles Woods.
Koebel House, formerly known as 25th Street House, serves seven individuals. Clients have their own bedrooms and all but one share a bathroom.
Mumford House is named in honor of Martha Mumford who dedicated many years of her life to helping individuals with developmental disabilities. Mumford house is home to eight clients, most of whom are over fifty years of age.
The Supported Living Program serves nineteen clients who live in their own homes. The level of support provided is based on individual needs and preferences and may include up to 24-hour support from roommates, neighbors, family and friends. Supported Living strives to promote building friendships, increasing recreation and leisure activities and learning socilization skills. The philosophy of Supported Living is to foster independence.
In July of 2009 Robinson House opened it's doors as a Home Life program. At that time it was known as the Hayes Street House. We opened with four clients receiving services from the program. In May of 2011 we welcomed our newest client to the house to fill a space that had opened up in 2010. The program was officially dedicated as the Robinson House in July of 2011 in honor of Kathryn Robinson. Over the three years that Robinson House has been open our clients have experienced incredible growth in their life skills as well as personal independence.
Sackett House is our newest program. It is licensed for four clients. The home is named after Barbara Sackett, who is one of the founding members of Home Life.
Olleman House supports three women. It is named after Dean and Betty Olleman who have had an impact on the local community in working with people with developmental disabilities. The program serves three female clients who occupy the downstairs. They have a shared bathroom, living room, kitchen and sun patio. The upstairs is home to the manager offices and has a rental unit for anyone needing extra support in an apartment style setting. In Spring of 2012, Home Life Inc. was awarded a grant by SERC and ARRA, supplying Olleman House with solar panels, encouraging an environmentally and economically friendly form of energy. Olleman House is centrally located on 25th and Fillmore near VOC-ATE, Koebel House, parks and restaurants; making it a great spot for the clients to be active in their community.
Teater House was donated to Home Life and dedicated in honor of Bob and Dolly Teater. The program currently supports one young male, but is licensed for three.
Our Vocational Program, which is now just over two years old is in a period of regrowth. We have recently renovated a large space next to our main office. Our new area is ADA accessible and includes several amenities to encourage clients to develop work and life skills. The kitchen has all new appliances for staff and clients alike to utilize. Our lounge area was created with the intent to foster a comfortable place to socialize and relax in between vocational activities. We also have a family sized dining table and two pub tables with front row seats to the happenings outside. We are centrally located, having a laundry mat across the road, a bank and convenience store next door, two bus stops only feet away, and a grocery store across the street. All of these are assets to this program which allow staff to help clients develop skills in areas of community integration. It's pretty apparent we are proud of this new space, but our greater accomplishment is truly that we have been able to expand our program and broaden the services we are able to offer our clients vocationally. The Program Manager serves as a staff with a client a couple days a week, but also performs job development within the community. She encourages employers to collaborate with our vocational program to better their business. Currently we have 8 clients in the program and are continuing to expand as we have the resources.