Family Supports Program
For people with disabilities, VON offers programs that focus on increasing community participation, finding opportunities for growth, building independence, and caregiver respite.
- Special Services at Home
- Familyhome Program
- Host Program
VON's Passport Program provides personalized support for adults with developmental disabilities, 18 years of age and older. The program is intended to develop the skills and independence of those supported and enhance community participation. The Passport Program may also provide meaningful respite to family caregivers. The program is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and is one of the largest Family Supports programs assisting more than 500 adults and families.
Adults with disabilities, potentially with the assistance of their family members, may apply for the program. If you do not yet receive government funding for Passport, we'll help you navigate the steps to apply with Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). If you have access to Passport funding, VON can assist you to coordinate your service and develop a personalized plan to fit your needs.
Special Services at Home (SSAH)
VON’s Special Services at Home Program (SSAH) provides personalized support for children with developmental and/or physical disabilities, 17 years of age and younger. The program is intended to support the growth and development of children and also provides meaningful respite to family caregivers. The program is partially funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and is one of the largest Family Supports programs supporting many children in our communities.
VON will assist you to apply for the Special Services at Home Program and develop a personalized plan to meet your needs. VON will assist in the completion of the application and support you through the steps of the process.
The Familyhome Program supports adults with a developmental disability to live in a family setting. The definition of family is broad - it could be a couple with children, a single person, or empty nesters. Each person is matched to a compatible family that has been screened by VON. This match is the cornerstone of the Familyhome program.
The screening of families is a thoughtful process. The first requirement is a family's desire to welcome someone to live in their home. VON will then complete a screening process which will include a criminal reference check and a personal interview. When a compatible match is found, a gradual transition occurs until the person moves in and begins to become part of the family.
When you become a Familyhome Provider you begin a rewarding life-sharing experience, bringing your gifts, interests, and skills to someone who will benefit from your home. Our providers have shared that they receive as much as they give.
Host Respite Program
VON Middlesex-Elgin offers the Host Respite Program for individuals of all ages who have a developmental disability. The program matches host providers to a client to provide overnight respite – a necessary break for the client’s family. VON works with the family to develop a support plan that respects the client’s and family’s needs. Provided up to one weekend a month, the overnight respite visit gives a valuable break for the family and is an important aspect of a healthy family life.
All of the Family Supports Programs are partially funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. If you would like to access any of these services or you would like more information about becoming a Support Worker, Host Family, or Familyhome Provider, please call 519-657-4570.
Career Opportunities with Family Supports
Host Providers Needed
The Host Program of VON Middlesex-Elgin is recruiting for Host Providers who reside in the London and Middlesex area to provide support to a person with a developmental disability. There are individuals that require support in your local area that would love to meet new people, try new activities, and be integrated into the local community with your support. Your skills and talents may be a perfect match for someone requiring supports!
Opportunities are open for Host Providers at a typical commitment of one weekend per month. Support is provided in your home and for activities in the community. The Host Program through VON - Family Supports believes in creating respectful, happy, enriching environments for the supported individual. Funding for this program is provided in part by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
- Provide support to an individual with a developmental disability in your home and in the community
- Provide a safe, healthy, and respectful home environment to an individual based on a mutually positive match
- Support individual in community to access social activities
- Provide respite to caregivers
- Previous experience providing support to an individual with a developmental disability is an asset
- Post-secondary education in related field is an asset
- Strong communication skills
- Able to make a minimum of one year commitment
- Family home must be non-smoking
- Access to reliable transportation
- Successful completion of VON's screening program including the submission of a Criminal Reference Check and Vulnerable Position Screening for all adults in your home is required
Individuals, couples, and families are welcome to apply. Host Providers/Families will be financially compensated for their work. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for our screening process will be contacted.
Host Respite Coordinator
519-657-4570 Ext. 3238
Support Workers Needed for Special Services at Home & Passport Programs
VON - Family Supports Programs is proud to offer opportunities in our Special Services at Home and Passport Programs. Our program provides support to individuals with developmental disabilities and respite support to their families. We are looking for support workers to provide part-time respite support.
- Provide support to children (under age 18) and/or adults with development disabilities
- Assist people to develop skills and independence
- Access various community activities
- Assist families and VON to develop and implement individual support plans
- Work on a part-time independently contracted basis. Hours will vary depending on individual plans
- Experience providing support or care to individuals
- Education in a related field is an asset
- Access to a vehicle for work purposes is an asset
- Patient, committed and reliable
- Ability to respect confidentiality and professional boundaries
- Excellent communication skills
- Ability to work independently and/or as part of a team providing support
Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their resume to VON at the contact information below. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
VON Middlesex-Elgin, Family Supports Programs
Attn: Sarah Howe, Program Lead
Familyhome Providers Needed
The Familyhome Program of VON Middlesex-Elgin is proud to offer opportunities for new Familyhome Providers who will provide a safe, healthy, and respectful home to individuals with a developmental disability. Opportunities exist for both permanent full-time home providers and for occasional part-time respite providers. The Familyhome Program is grounded in the philosophy of supporting individuals in a respectful manner that involves people fully in planning for their own lives. Funding for this program is provided by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
- Provide support to individual living in your home with a developmental disability
- Assist individual with all aspects of daily living
- Provide a safe, healthy, and respectful home to an individual based on a mutually positive match
- Be involved in the development of and respect of individual plans of support
- Work closely with VON to ensure Ministry guidelines and expectations are respected
- Guide and support individual in community, work, and social activities
- Help individual develop and maintain relationships with family and peers
- Previous experience providing support to an adult with a developmental disability
- Post-secondary degree or diploma is an asset
- Strong communication skills
- Able to make a long-term, intentioned commitment
- Potential Familyhome providers must be financially stable and maintain a safe and healthy home
- All persons living in the home must be non-smokers
- Access to reliable transportation
- Successful completion of VON's screening program including the submission of a Criminal Reference Check for all adults in your home is required
Individuals, couples, and families are welcome to apply. Familyhome Providers will be financially compensated for their work. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Manager-Family Supports Programs