[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image media=”86333″ media_width_percent=”100″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column column_width_percent=”100″ gutter_size=”3″ overlay_alpha=”50″ shift_x=”0″ shift_y=”0″ shift_y_down=”0″ z_index=”0″ medium_width=”0″ mobile_width=”0″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]While many are aware of the standard “group home” model for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, fewer have heard of Lifesharing. Lifesharing is a unique opportunity that allows any family — couples, single people, families with children, and more — to bring someone with an intellectual disability into their home and provide all the love and support that a family can offer. Lifesharing families receive a tax-free stipend for their expenses and the support they provide.
Bobby and Dave are two gentlemen who are looking for a Lifesharing family (preferably together, but in two different homes if need be). Get to know Bobby and Dave a little more below, and consider if you might be the family they’re looking for!
Meet Bobby and Dave
When you walk through the door at the Skills Adult Training facility in Altoona, you’re likely to hear two friendly voices greeting you immediately, saying, “Hi, buddy! Hi!”
That would be Bobby and Dave. After living together for over five years, Bobby and Dave are two friends who are more like brothers. Around the Adult Training facility, they win everyone over with their easygoing dynamic and willingness to help out. And, their enthusiasm carries over to their temporary home at Skills’ Respite Home, where Dave especially loves to help with the everyday housework.
“Dave will lay out all the bowls and silverware and the things you need to get ready for dinner,” says Mary Rhodes, Respite Supervisor. “He helps pick up, cook, and put the dishes away. He knows where everything is! If you ask him where the cookie trays are, he will know.” It’s unsurprising that Dave can help you find the cookie trays, because he’s just an observant kind of guy. “He notices every little thing,” says Mary Rhodes. “If I’m wearing my slippers around the house, he’ll notice and say ‘new shoes!'”
While Dave is happy enough to go with the flow and help out when he can, Bobby brings a little more activity to everyday life. He loves ball games (from going to see the Altoona Curve to watching MLB on TV). He loves music and karaoke (especially Elvis). And he loves movies. “One night, Dave fell asleep on the couch — up until 1:00AM — watching Christmas movies this year!” says Mary Rhodes with a laugh.
Despite their differences in personality and interests, Bobby and Dave love to relax together at home or out in their Blair County community. “In the summer, they like to sit outside together and just kind of take in nature,” says Ashley Plunkett, a Lifesharing Specialist who has worked with Bobby and Dave for years. “They like going out to eat together, and it doesn’t matter where. They are not picky at all. Normally, they sit together and just enjoy each other’s company.”
Finding the Right Family
After living in institutions and group homes for many years, Bobby and Dave are looking for a new home through the Skills of Central PA Lifesharing program. The best situation for either of the two gentlemen is a gentle, family-oriented home. Ideally, household members would enjoy the comforts of home but still be up for activities like going to dinner, catching a ball game, or seeing the Altoona Christmas parade. They’ve also greatly enjoyed going on family vacations before, and would be happy to make memories with you on your next trip away.
Both Bobby and Dave need someone who can be home when they return from their Day Program activities (Skills provides transportation for them — straight to and from your home to our facility). When they get home, they like to relax, watch a little TV, and maybe help get dinner ready (some favorites are lasagna and spaghetti). Both gentlemen are comfortable around pets, and they have enjoyed having dogs in the past. Though they’re both fairly independent guys, they need a little assistance here and there with eating and other daily activities.
If this sounds like you, please reach out today! Bobby and Dave are ready to find a new family (preferably together, but can be individually if your home can only accommodate one person). If you are interested in learning more about Bobby, Dave, or other people who need homes through Lifesharing, please contact Sarah Shaw, Skills’ Director of Lifesharing at 814-949-4800 Ext. 1824 or at email@example.com.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]