Make a Difference
As a Mentor, you can make a difference in the life of an individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In Illinois MENTOR’s Host Home program, individuals live in a private family home provided by one of our dedicated caregivers, whom we call Mentors. Our Mentors not only provide a safe, nurturing living environment, but also support the individual in acquiring skills and participating in community life according to her or his own interests and abilities. Because this model is geared towards the needs of a single individual, we strive to create that “perfect match” between Mentor and individual served: a meaningful, long-term relationship that is mutually rewarding.
Working together, the Mentor, Illinois MENTOR staff, the individuals’ family and other professionals design and implement an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) to help those we support live life to the fullest and participate in neighborhood and community life. We work closely with each person to create developmental goals and continually adjust their service plans as they reach new milestones. Supported around the clock by Illinois MENTOR staff, our Mentors provide a range of services to address the individual’s daily living needs while building the personal relationships that provide the foundation for growth.
Every individual in our Host Home program is actively involved in planning their daily routine and the services they need to learn new skills and behaviors. With the right supports and services, we believe individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the best opportunity to realize their full potential in the communities they call home.