Photo from our annual Lifesharing dinner. Three people hugging.

Lifesharing FAQ

Your questions about Lifesharing answered

What is Lifesharing?

Lifesharing families open their hearts and homes to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to provide security, support, guidance, and love. Lifesharing offers people with disabilities the opportunity to live where they want, live with whom they choose, and live the lifestyle they want.

Long-term, stable relationships enrich the quality of life for people with disabilities as they become active, participating members of the household and within the communities where they live. When part of a Lifesharing family, an individual has the opportunity to become a neighbor, friend, church member, club member, and more.

Skills has offered Lifesharing since 1987.

Which kinds of people can become Lifesharing families?

Anyone can become a Lifesharing family. Whether you are single, married, parenting children, or empty-nesting, Lifesharing is a unique opportunity to grow your family and provide a true home for an individual with disabilities. No matter the size or structure of your family, Lifesharing can be a possibility for you.

Photo from our annual Lifesharing dinner.

How much do you get paid as a Lifesharing family?

Lifesharing families are sub-contractors who receive a monthly stipend, proportionate to a dollar amount set by the individual’s state waiver. Yearly stipend income is not taxed, and comes to between $27,600 – $54,000 per year. The stipend is intended to help you provide basic needs and other expenses for the individual you support.

What are the steps to becoming a Lifesharing family?

  • First, contact Skills to begin the process.
  • Prospective Lifesharing families will work with Skills for a series of screenings, which includes interviews, personal and professional references, home inspections, physicals, and background checks.
  • Should you pass the screenings, prospective Lifesharing families will complete a training program to learn key information on providing support to someone with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Skills Lifesharing Specialists will work with families to match them with an individual looking for a Lifesharing home. All people involved will take the time needed to get to know each other, including visits and spending time together to develop a relationship before they move.
    • The Skills Lifesharing program emphasizes the importance of matching individuals with families, harmonizing values, interests, and mutual commitments.
  • After move-in, Skills Lifesharing Specialists provide ongoing consultation and support for the entire family, including the individual, birth family, and Lifesharing family members.

I’m interested! Who do I talk to?

Contact us on our website to be connected to get connected to Lifesharing staff!