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October 25, 2002

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAM SEEKS
HOST FAMILIES IN DELAWARE COUNTY

Life Sharing Through Family Living, a program of Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is looking for paid providers who can open their homes and their hearts to persons with mental retardation. This program is a unique opportunity for families who want to make a difference in the life of someone who faces special challenges. Since 1987, the program has served individuals and families primarily in Philadelphia, now it is expanding its services and needs more provider families in the Delaware County area.

Who can help?
A provider family can be a married couple with or without children or a single person who provides the individual with food, shelter and personal care in addition to assisting the individual with the necessary skills for growth and independent living.

The family must have a sensitivity to people with special needs, access to transportation and a private residence with adequate living space including an extra bedroom for another family member. The family is also expected to work closely and cooperatively with Catholic Social Services. Screening checks, a home study and training sessions need to be completed prior to welcoming a new family member into a home. Each home is approved by Catholic Social Services and the Delaware County Office of Mental Retardation. Families are matched with individuals from their own county.

Catholic Social Services provides the family with room and board payments plus tax free income for expenses incurred.

Who will be helped?
Individuals with mental retardation are referred to the Agency by the County Office of Mental Retardation. There are no age limits or levels of functioning. Each individual is provided with a Day Program. This could be at a school, workshop, employment, Senior Center or some other activity away from the home.

How can I get involved?
To start the process or to get more information contact Catholic Social Services Life Sharing Through Family Living Program at 610-544-7813.

Contact
Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist
215-587-3747

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