We know there are a lot of questions that arise when looking for the next step for your young adult– and rightfully so. We’ve compiled some of these into broad categories below with specific inquiries outlined within them. Though we do our best to be thorough we know there may be additional questions and we will be happy to answer them in person at one of our meetups, via phone, or through email.
We have budgeted 10 hours/week of small group or individual support such as teaching use of Uber, public transportation, personal finance/banking, community facilities (library, gyms, etc.), grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning/laundry. Support would be customized to the specific needs of the resident (which will likely evolve over time). All residents would have the opportunity to participate in social/recreational group outings/field trips.
The Program Director is tasked with this responsibility. He/She will be hired by the Supervising Agency and Board of Directors. A high level of input from residents and their families is expected and will be encouraged to ensure Possibility Place (PP) is meeting their needs.
We will have full time staff member(s) that will work with each resident to help obtain employment. The supports will be placement, and job coaching until the resident is comfortable in his/her work environment. We have had conversations with third providers like IN REACH and we have explored outsourcing this initially with them due to their deep roots and success in job placement. Job placement will be a very high priority and we will encourage each residents to willfully work with staff to have a full time and or part time job. Our objective will be to help the resident find the job they want not just a job as we know this employment is and important part of their life. In addition Residents can access vocational rehabilitation services if appropriate, and/or can access vocational coaches who will help the person determine the type of job interested in, facilitate the application process, teach the person how to manage the interview and support the individual at work if needed. Employment, internship or volunteer experience will be central to the PP lifestyle and most residents will spend ~20 hours per week in these endeavors.
It is expected that most residents will have either a job or a volunteer experience for at least 20 hours/week. A “typical week” will include job/volunteering, grocery shopping, several social/recreational outings (movies, bowling, sporting event, etc.), exercise and other activities for well-being, such as attending a healthy cooking class, learning about managing personal finances, cleaning/laundry skills and medical appointments.
Residents will prepare their own meals, although there will be opportunities weekly for residents to cook together and also to host others in their homes for potluck dinners. Cooking skills will be a major focus of the program.
When appropriate, residents will use buses, Uber, Lyft, taxis or other public transportation. However, staff will also provide transportation when needed or required. The staff will work with each resident weekly to plan out the week and to make a transportation plan for the week so the resident and the staff know how the resident will get from one place to the next.
Medical services will be provided in the community through primary care and individual specialties as needed. Staff will be trained in First Aid and CPR. Assistance in coordinating transportation will be provided.
It is our expectation that residents will use facilities open to the public for gym and exercise...this will be actively encouraged, and times identified when groups may go together (help encourage maximum participation).
Healthy eating will be encouraged when planning individual menus and grocery lists, as well as offering individual support with planning for health and nutrition. Community options will be used for health and fitness…gym, yoga, personal training are widely available.
Systems will be set up to provide reminders for appointments and prescription refills. It will be an admission requirement that all residents be Self-medders (able to take their medication without assistance). If an individual requires assistance at a physician's appointment, staff can attend if needed and wanted.
We anticipate hiring 7+ (including program director), staff to work with 16 adults. Not all staff will work at all times, but this gives us the ability to have staff available during waking hours, as well as on call staff when no one is at the property. Staff are available 24/7 but are not on property over-night.
Staff are primarily there for teaching, supporting, and social/recreational activities. Staff will be with Residents on site or in the community M-F all day and into most evenings. On weekends, staff will be supporting residents with social/recreational activities such as outings, and other community engagement activities. These activities will be posted weekly so that the residents may choose what activities to participate in.
We plan to have proper lighting along with security measures on campus, that will be designed and constructed as part of the new facility. Some examples would cameras externally on the building, and to get into the apartments there will be keypad locks, so no keys are used, just codes. Residents will be able to face time with on call staff if desired or show on call staff what they are asking about via face time.
Candidates go through a rigorous process. Hiring is ultimately the responsibility of the program director. Prospective staff will go through a criminal background check, Health Care Registry check, employment verification, educational verification, social security verification and drug screening, among others.
We anticipate a mix of one and two-bedroom units…likely townhouse/duplex in style…but this is open to change based upon the location and setting of the property purchased.
We have discussed lease and or purchase of the units and there are pro’s and cons in each scenario. Some families will feel that a lease is more affordable and if the program does not work out then then are locked into an investment. We will work to provide flexible options.
If we offer a for purchase option then Yes, you can sell the apartment, but priority to those on a waiting list would need to be honored. In addition, PP will have the right to purchase and occupancy will be restricted to only individuals admitted to the program.
The overall timeline to start in based on the initial roll out of the program and the number of residents in the first Phase. If you assume, we have 16 committed residents by August then the times line will be 1. Site Selection 2-3 months, 2. Financing and closing 3 months, 3. Design and permit 3-6 months, 4. Construction 9 months.
We anticipate starting construction when 12 residents have committed to PP (in hopes of having close to 16 by completion). Design, location and weather will all impact construction, but approximately one year permitting and building would be anticipated. Units are all rented or sold unfurnished (for future re-sales, they may market furnished).
Residents will be expected to provide routine cleaning for their apartment… training will be provided to assist as this is a life-skill required to live independently. One of the staff of PP will have as a portion of their job responsibilities, general “handyman” tasks (hanging pictures, unplugging toilets, changing light bulbs where a ladder is required, etc.). Likely the maintenance of appliances (outside of warranty), will vary whether a unit is owned or rented.
There are no limits on family visitors, and friends may visit during daytime/early evening hours.
Our current budgets (actual could vary based upon several factors), have separate housing versus program (services) costs. The estimates for housing based on initial analysis and discussing with our real estate advisors. could be a rental ($2,000 - 1,500/month – per resident of a one or two-bedroom unit), or purchase ($175,000 - 225,000 – one or two-bedroom unit), one-bedroom units would be more expensive to rent and slightly less to purchase; utilities would be billed separately. Program costs are projected at $3,500 - $4,000 per month per resident, which provides staffing for 16 residents and approximately 10 hrs. of individual or small group instruction (cooking, shopping, other life skills, etc.), time weekly. Should residents require more or less time, those program costs could be higher or lower.
Yes, PP will accept government funding for services to fully or partially cover those costs for the resident. Any short fall in funding would be the responsibility of the resident.
SSI/SSDI funding is essentially cash and can cover any costs. Medicaid Wavier funding cannot be used for housing/rent, only for services.
Individuals will begin by completing a detailed application, including but not limited to references, a recent complete psychological assessment, medications and immunization records, for membership at PP, to be sent with a fee of $250. Once the application is screened by the supervising agency for completeness and compliance with the admission requirements, the individual will have a call with the Program Director and various staff to the resident and staff to explain the program and ask questions to better understand the prospective resident. If the resident is considered then he/she will be invited to PP for a tour and discussion with the director, along with an assessment and to meet other current residents. The assessment will last most of a day, and will include cooking, shopping, money management, interest survey and “interview” with other residents (more of a meeting/conversation, but resident feedback will be a component of the decision making process).
There is not an age limit for PP, but individuals should desire to be active and capable of going out into the community independently.
We will accept up to 16 individuals in Phase 1 and we are planning for a Phase 2 with an additional 16 residents.
There will be up to 32 individuals residing at PP. When it is full, we hope to begin planning for the next location of PP.
While we will attempt to get as close to 50-50 as possible, we may not be able to have exact ratios as people move in or out.