Community Bridges

Community Bridges’ Shared Living Program Promotes Inclusion; Strengthens Communities

Date posted: March 4, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2013
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(Concord, New Hampshire) – Community Bridges, an agency that advances the integration, growth, and interdependence of people experiencing disabilities within their home communities, is proud to introduce its Shared Living program.

The Shared Living program matches an individual experiencing a disability with an adult, couple, or family in the community who is willing to open their home, share their life, and provide the individual with the support and care they need to live interdependently in the community.

Through a person-centered planning approach, Community Bridges uncovers the gifts, preferences, and personality traits each individual has to offer, and successfully matches them with a Shared Living home provider. The individual participates in the rituals and routines of the caregiver’s home, and in turn, the caregiver welcomes the individual as an active member of their network of family, friends, and acquaintances.

Shared Living home providers are paid caregivers who receive training and ongoing support from Community Bridges in order to provide the necessary care for the individual they welcome into their home. Single people, college students, single parents, empty nesters, and two-parent families with children are all encouraged to join the program.

“Shared living is an extremely effective and cost-efficient support system for so many of the adults we serve,” said Roy Gerstenberger, executive director of Community Bridges. “It gives people experiencing disabilities the opportunity to build lasting relationships, participate in their communities, and lead more fulfilling lives – which is at the heart of the work we do here at Community Bridges.”

The Shared Living program is available to any individual experiencing a disability who is eligible for Area Agency services in New Hampshire and who prefers to live in a family home or have a person live in their home as a companion.

If you are interested in becoming a Shared Living home provider, or would like more information on the program, visit www.communitybridgesnh.org or contact Ann Potoczak at 603-225-4153 or apotoczak@communitybridgesnh.org.

About Community Bridges

Community Bridges advances the integration, growth and interdependence of people experiencing disabilities within their home communities. By managing a support network of community resources, Community Bridges matches individuals experiencing disabilities to opportunities that help them realize their greatest potential through an individualized plan.

Serving individuals experiencing disabilities of all ages and financial backgrounds, Community Bridges is a not-for-profit organization that solidifies funding and fosters relationships with a trusted network of organizations throughout the community to ensure the best opportunities for individuals in the areas of Early Childhood Services, Residential and Day Services, Career Development, Homecare Services, Self-Directed Services, and Individual and Family Support. For more information call 603-225-4153 or visit www.communitybridgesnh.org.

Community Bridges is a non-profit agency serving the communities of central New Hampshire. Disability is a natural part of the human experience and may occur as a result of developmental impairments, injury, or aging. We advance the integration, growth, and interdependence of people with disabilities in their home communities in ways that promote their ability to have positive control over the lives they have chosen for themselves.