MODELS OF SERVICE
Adults live in private homes where they can be immersed in the everyday activities of family and community life. Individuals receive personalized support from nurturing providers who ensure their safety and well being. Providers also develop a quality relationship of support and guidance with the individual while providing the least restrictive environment as possible.
Family Care Giver / Family Referred Employee
Adults can receive residential services by a family member of their choice. Family members are hired by FRIENDS to provide daily support with personal care, household tasks, finances, medical appointments, and community connections.
Central to the program is individualized services and personal choice. Every person in the program is actively involved in planning their own daily routine and determining the supports they need to be successful. Staff encourage and assist people to accomplish valued personal goals, independence, and to be an integral part of the community.
INDEPENDET LIVING PROGRAM
At its core, FRIENDS Independent Living is a program designed to transition adults with developmental disabilities from a lifestyle of dependence to one of independence. It targets individuals with a concrete desire to work toward their maximum independent potential. Staff supports are structured to provide no more than the consumer needs and to then be scaled back as they master skills of independent living.
The program can utilize Supported Living Services, Comprehensive Services, and Private Pay options.
Direct support is provided in the following areas:
Additionally, all consumers have access to 24-hour emergency on-call assistance.
Eligibility to enter the Independent Living Program is based on medical, psychological, independent living skills, and social skill ability. The Independent Living Program will not provide daily medical or nursing intervention; therefore any applicant requiring such assistance would not qualify for the program.
Direct support staff costs for consumers with Supportive Living Services (SLS) and Comprehensive Services are covered by the state. For private pay consumers, there is a simple hourly rate plus staff transportation costs if living outside a 6-mile radius of the FRIENDS facility. Please contact us for more details.
Individuals who utilize SLS or pay privately are expected to sign their own lease and set up their utilities. They are also encouraged to obtain a Section 8 Housing Voucher. FRIENDS staff will assist them in maintaining their accounts, but FRIENDS does not cover any living expenses. For those with comprehensive services, the focus of the program is the same, although FRIENDS will facilitate all aspects of the consumer’s needs.
FRIENDS HOST HOMES
FRIENDS strives to create a supportive, community-centered program. This carries through into the Host Homes. Coupled with the philosophy of independence, FRIENDS aims to provide each consumer an individualized environment that promotes their personal growth and increases the fulfillment they experience in their own life.
FRIENDS is always on the lookout for providers who are eager to base their service in this philosophy. Broomfield, Boulder, and Jefferson counties are currently where FRIENDS consumers are served. Cities within this catchment area include: Broomfield, Lafayette, Louisville, Westminster, Boulder, and Longmont. If you or anyone you know is interested in enriching the life of an adult with developmental disabilities through FRIENDS, don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more about the process of becoming a Host Home Provider. Both individuals and families are welcome!
Companion Model ( with Section 8)
FRIENDS also facilitates companion model support environments under the Section 8 Housing Voucher. In this model, the consumer lives together with a Live-in Aide who can support them around activities of daily living while providing them the opportunity for productive socialization in their home. As with all FRIENDS residential programs, their support will be structured in such a way as to maximize the acquisition of independent abilities. This model works best with comprehensive services, but is certainly open to other funding solutions.
As with Host Homes, FRIENDS is always seeking individuals who are eager to make a difference in the life of an adult with developmental disabilities as a Live-in Aide. Please contact us with any questions.