Meet Maurine Stevens. She is a Direct Support Professional for CHOICES, in Dundas. She helps place clients with developmental disorders with Host Families.
“Placing a client in an Associate Living Home allows someone more individualized personal growth and development. They become a part of a family, with love and compassion. They are provided with a variety personal and social opportunities that ensure they are included in their communities and have the opportunity to become full citizens."
“One client I support has been living with a host family for nearly 20 years. This was a young man who had incredible behavioral needs. Some felt he would never succeed in family setting. Today, he is thriving. He goes to church. He travelled to Cuba. And he is a member of a booster club for our local hockey team. ("Go Bulldogs!!) His behavioral needs have decreased dramatically. Our agency and his host family were able to collaborate, get to know him, and discover how to best support him, based on his needs. ”
“The good news is that anyone can be an Associate Living Home Provider. If you would like to provide support for someone who has developmental needs, please visit our website at web.choicesgroup.org.”
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