The Supported Living Program (SLP) of St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities provides services for Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Floyd and Clark counties of Indiana with a Medicaid program waiver. The SLP works to empower individuals to lead more independent lives. The Direct Support Professional works with each client to foster interests, develop and achieve personal goals, and manage various day-to-day responsibilities.
The Family and Social Services Administration awarded St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities with a grant for our Supported Living Program, referred to as Direct Service Workforce Plan.
The plan is focused on three areas including:
1) wages and benefits
2) training and pathways
3) promotion and planning
We excited to use this for our Direct Support Professionals who work tirelessly to serve our clients in this program.
Frank is a man in his 50s with a developmental disability. Most of his life was lived with his parents, until his mother passed away about ten years ago. Frank’s sister checks in on him when she can, but she has a busy life with her family. Living on his own, Frank gets lonely from time to time. He also needs help grocery shopping — from making out a list to budgeting to shopping for the items he actually needs. Through St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities Supported Living Program, SLP staff helped Frank to get what he needed from the grocery. SLP staff also help clients with personal goals and community outings as well as help with daily activities. Thanks to the Supported Living Program, Frank left the store with his head held high, his bags full of nourishment for his body and his heart full of what he needed to nourish his soul.