Dubuque, Iowa—LSI (Lutheran Services in Iowa) has become the first Host Homes provider for Iowans with disabilities in the Dubuque area.
The organization recently launched the new Host Homes program across the state. Through this program, an adult with a disability can move into a private family home for Supported Community Living. The shared living opportunity can be a critical step forward for Iowans seeking more independence.
“Host Homes are there to help our clients thrive in a family environment,” says Bobbie Jo Hudspeth, LSI’s Host Homes Coordinator. “It’s a chance for them to build positive and lasting relationships, become better connected to their community, and live a more independent life.”
Host Homes mentors are there to provide guidance, support, and care for the individuals living in their homes. The mentor assists the individual in making decisions, planning, and goals, all while building a meaningful relationship with the person they are hosting.
Mentors for this program must be age 21 or older, and they can own or rent a home, apartment, single-family home, or trailer. They do not need to live in a major Iowa city to be eligible. They must be able to provide a private bedroom for the individual, and have a flexible schedule to provide oversight for everyday tasks like shopping and attending appointments. Each mentor goes through a thorough training and screening process, along with each person over the age of 18 living in their home.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining or mentoring a Host Home, let us know at hosthome@LSIowa.org or by calling 563-582-0044. Find out more online at www.LSIowa.org/hosthomes.
In addition to Host Homes, LSI also provides therapy and counseling, behavioral and mental health services, and early childhood education in the Dubuque area.