At Home Life, we live out our mission through three primary programs:
seven group homes with 24-hour care
Supported and Community Living
supports for people living independently or with their families
finding jobs and developing skills for people with I/DD in the Linn-Benton community
Home Life is a second family to many of our clients, therefore, we strive to serve our clients through each stage of life. Our Residential Program continues to evolve and change to meet the needs of the new generation as well as our aging population.
The Residential Program consists of seven group homes, each one unique to another. All of Home Life’s group homes are located in Corvallis.
Home Life is committed to the safety and security of our homes while also supporting residents with the relational aspects of “home.” Many times these supported individuals move directly from their family home into their Home Life home, where they build a new kind of family.
Each home provides individualized care to support residents, allowing them to live as independently as possible. The Residential Program’s homes have 24-hour care staff and are operated by separate Program Managers who are overseen by a Program Director.
In this program, supported individuals are assisted in leaving their homes and engaging in the community. Many of Home Life’s residents attend community gatherings, public events, bowling nights, and much more.
When we accept a client into our Residential Program, we are committing to that person for life, or for as long as they choose to stay at Home Life. This gives our clients the opportunity to age in place and live out their lives comfortably at home. Not only does this protect them from having to transfer to an assisted living facility, where their needs and routines are unknown and where the people they’ve known and loved are absent, but aging in place is critical to their quality of life, and this honors their dignity in a powerful way.
Several of Home Life’s homes are powered by solar panels thanks to a grant awarded by SERC and ARRA in 2012.
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Supported Living & Comprehensive In-Home Supports
These two programs function similarly in the support they provide to individuals. The general focus of both programs is to work on the practical skills needed to live independently and the social skills needed to initiate, develop, and maintain healthy relationships.
The team that operates both programs consists of one Program Coordinator, three Program Managers, and one group of Direct Support Professionals. Individuals in these programs typically live on their own, with peer roommates, or with their families.
The Supported Living Programs have been adjusted throughout the years to coincide with the needs and wants of the individuals within the program. Individuals utilizing Supported Living Services have chosen Home Life to be their sole support provider.
Community Living Supports was started in 2016 and has operated under a few different names since then. Individuals utilizing Community Living Supports have chosen Home Life to be one piece of their support network and typically have other provider agencies or PSW’s to fulfill the rest of their support needs.
We believe that every individual can work in an integrated community setting and we take pride in providing services that help individuals find meaningful jobs. Clients from the Linn-Benton community receive Employment Training, Job Development, and Job Placement in local businesses from Home Life staff members.
Discovery is designed to be a first step in introducing clients to the world of employment. Through this 3-month course, clients will work one-on-one with a certified coach to help them identify areas of employment they are interested in and organizations or businesses in the community that would be a good fit. Clients get the opportunity to conduct informational interviews, go on field trips to local businesses and organizations and meet others in the community who currently work in the field of interest. The goal of this program is to provide a safe and encouraging environment for the client to create employment goals for their future job development and job placement in the community.
Clients will work with Home Life staff to develop basic employment skills. We will focus on resume building, best practices in on-site work behavior, attendance, and social appropriateness, along with common entry-level job skills such as customer service, courtesy clerk, and janitorial tasks. In addition to basic employment skills, we offer courses that help clients increase their skills in specific areas such as cashiering or writing. These quarterly courses are designed to build on each other so clients who have taken beginning employment skill-building courses can advance into more job-specific skill-building courses or repeat a class the next time it is offered.
Home Life offers employment support from the very start. Our Job Developer will work with clients to choose the kind of work they are most drawn to and suited for. Once areas of interest are identified the Job Developer and client work together to apply for and engage with local businesses or organizations for paid employment opportunities.
Job Coaching consists of ongoing support for clients once they have been placed into their chosen employment position. Job Coaches work closely with clients to identify and assist with supports needed for on-the-job success. In addition to on-the-job support, Job Coaches are also available to help communicate with employers with or on behalf of the client, identify areas of improvement and help to set and achieve goals.
I had a client whose manager was very supportive of the work we do. They let us support the client any way we needed to which was great for her and opened doors for natural support to take place. Her manager loved her and when we were ready to fade from coaching we all got together as a team to go over what it would be like without having a Job Coach on site. They were so great and had welcomed her in such a way that I felt completely comfortable saying “she is all yours”. This was a real success all the way through and a great example of what Home Life Inc. The Vocational Team can do for our clients.
Home Life Inc. Job Coach
A client we were working with had an employer take him under his wing right off the bat and trained him on other tasks without even having to talk to the coach. It is great when this happens because it provides the client with natural support but more importantly they are treated as any other employee, which is what we want to see. Each time I see him at work he is all smiles and giggles, he is happy to have our support in addition to the support he receives from his co-workers.
Home Life Inc. Job Coach
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Low-income housing is in short supply in our community, and Supported Living clients struggle to find housing with affordable rent that they can pay with their wages or with their Social Security or Disability Income. Yet, low-income housing is essential for persons with I/DD who do not need 24-hour residential care and thrive with supported living services.
Home Life provides safe, affordable housing for these individuals. We own and manage 13 low-income rental units, with more low-income housing options through Home Life coming in the foreseeable future!