The Best Kind of Bond

Bruce thought he had tried everything.

His daughter, Amanda, had received 24-hour supported community living care for years, living in a busy home with three roommates. And while he was grateful for her compassionate team of caregivers, he knew something needed to change.

Amanda was lashing out and becoming aggressive, and she required multiple psychiatric hospital visits throughout the year to receive mental health treatment. Bruce was out of ideas for how to help.

Then, he learned that Amanda was a candidate for an innovative new LSI program: Host Homes. The Host Homes program allows adults with disabilities to transition from Supported Community Living to a private family home where they can build positive, lasting relationships with a specially selected mentor instead of a staff member.

Soon, Amanda was matched with Mavis, a kind, compassionate woman who has always had a passion for lifting up others. As a nurse caring for patients of all ages, Mavis has made it her life’s mission to serve others. For her, Host Homes was the perfect fit.

But Bruce had to make sure Host Homes was the perfect fit for Amanda, too. On the day Mavis and Amanda first met, they clicked. After a few more meetings and discussion with her LSI team, Amanda moved into Mavis’ home.

Bruce was hopeful, but he worried about his daughter, just like any dad would. He planned on giving Amanda a trial month to be sure Host Homes was the right fit.

A year later, the family hasn’t looked back.

“Mavis has helped in every way,” Bruce says. “She cares, she’s loving, she’s patient, and she’s getting Amanda engaged in art classes and hobbies she loves. I have a happier daughter now.”

Instead of several emergency calls and incidents each year, Amanda has gone over a year without any mental health hospitalization. Mavis has spent the last year collaborating with Amanda to find the best way for her to communicate her emotions. She wants Amanda to know her voice and thoughts are heard.

“Individuals in Host Homes need companionship. They want to socialize and talk about their lives and problems they’re having. They want somebody to listen, and I’m blessed to be that listening ear.” Mavis says.

Today, Amanda is happier, healthier, and feeling more creative than ever – she takes ceramics classes at a local arts center and her goal for 2019 is to learn to use a sewing machine. She feels more confident in herself, and she’s found a best friend in “Mama Mavis.”

“My job is to be there to educate, demonstrate, and instruct Amanda, but Host Homes is, most importantly, a way for Amanda to express herself,” Mavis says. “Host Homes allowed us to find each other, and it’s the best kind of bond: friendship.”

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