Human Resource Coalition: Become a home host provider with Horizons
Not cut out for the 8-5 corporate world? Looking for meaning in your work? Here’s the perfect opportunity for those who want to create meaningful change and work from home. Become a host home provider with Horizons Specialized Services.
As a host home provider, you open up your home to an individual with intellectual developmental disabilities such as someone with Down syndrome. You help them with some of the activities of daily life and foster active participation in our community, like volunteering or attending community events, creating enriching experiences for both of you.
The job of a host home provider has gained significant traction in the previous years primarily due to the flexibility it offers in scheduling, the financial independence it provides and above all, the opportunity to build meaningful relationships. This opportunity has already been embraced by hundreds of individuals across Colorado as they create lasting change in the lives of others.
“I gotta be honest, I love my job,” said Matthew Miller, a Colorado native and host home provider. “It allows me to make a difference and then also it gives me enough time to do the things I love.”
And Linda Koopman, reflecting on her recent years as a provider, said, “It’s a way I was able to stay home and have a job and make a good income while still taking care of my grandkids.”
Horizons provides you with all the necessary training and is with you every step of the way. We work to create the perfect pairing of lifestyle and interests between you and the client to ensure success and happiness for everyone.
As an independent contractor, you receive monthly room and board payments from the client and are paid a daily rate by Horizons to provide support specific to the needs of the individual. Average compensation varies from $1,800 to $4,000 a month of tax-free income, depending on the level of client need.
Similar to foster care, Host Homes give a local community member with IDD the chance to live and thrive in a home setting with a caring provider.
We want to extend an invitation to all caring and compassionate individuals and families in our community to consider becoming host home providers. This role can work in a variety of settings. Some have homes that are family-oriented, some allow for more independent living, some involve a lot of caregiving and others resemble a “roommate” type of relationship.
Patti Maguire, VP of a nationwide Host Home organization, said “A successful (host home provider) …comes from all walks of life. They might be single, they might have children, they might be empty nesters. The big factor is they need to want to make a difference and need to be open to sharing their home with somebody who needs them.”
If you are ready to have a meaningful career while changing a life, please visit HorizonsNWC.org/host-home for more detailed information or call 970-879-4466.
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