Kennedy Center looking for applicants for companion program
TRUMBULL — The Kennedy Center is accepting applications for those interested in joining the Community Companion Home program.
The center is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Trumbull that provides support for individuals using residential, vocational, social, therapeutic, educational and recreational services and programs.
The new residential program is offered through the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services and provides people with intellectual disabilities the chance to maintain independence while being a part of a family environment.
“This is a unique opportunity for families and individuals to open their lives to a person who is ready for greater independence and needs a supportive, safe home base,” said Sarah Fagan, the director of The Kennedy Center’s residential programs. “This is a program that enriches not only the life of the individual, but it enriches the lives of the host family as well.”
The individual brought into the home will help with daily tasks, building skills and learn independent living. The licensee helps ensure the individual’s health and medical needs are met. The licensee must comply with DDS regulations.
People of all backgrounds in Fairfield and Litchfield counties are urged to apply to become a community companion home licensee. Applicants will have to complete an initial application process, which includes training, references, background checks and a home study interview.
Following the initial application, the licensing division of the DDS central office conducts an inspection of the home.
Those who become licensees will get reimbursement for room and board and a stipend to be used to care of the individual.
To learn more about the program or start an application process, contact Taylor Robinson at TRobinson@Kennedyctr.org or 203-365-8522 ext. 207.