Lifesharing Provider Information

Lifesharing is an adult residential option offered as an alternative to community, independent, or supported living. Since 1985, KenCrest’s Lifesharing program has successfully brought more than 140 people with disabilities and Lifesharing families together in PA. Some of which have been together for over 30 years. We currently serve more than 50 people with developmental disabilities and 50 Lifesharing families in seven Pennsylvania counties: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

Being a Lifesharing family with a person with disabilities, who may or may not be biologically related, means opening one’s home and heart to someone who desires to live in a shared, supportive family environment. Lifesharing families meet the physical, medical, emotional, and social needs of the people being served. They provide an environment that supports full access to and integration into the community, including activities, events, employment, volunteering, and more. Lifesharing families encourage the person to have goals, dream dreams, make plans, and live an Everyday Life. Application Process

KenCrest accepts applications for new provider families on an on-going basis! Click here to download the Lifesharing Program Interest Form. This form can be filled out electronically, saved to your computer, and then attached to an email and sent to amber.shomper@kencrest.org. We prefer this method of completing the form. If you have any questions, please contact us at 610-487-1582 to learn more.

Supports

KenCrest provides full support to all Lifesharing families, which continues for the duration of the program participation. Beginning the first day of participation, the family has access to as little or as much support as they want. Supports available to Lifesharing families include, but are not limited to:

  • 24/7 on-call emergency support
  • Ongoing, individualized training conveniently offered in the family’s home
  • Substitute care (up to 30 days annually)
  • Team support and person-centered planning
  • Assistance with medical support

2 girls looking at an ipad.Program Requirements

Meeting the program requirements is very important. We base the requirements on what will support the success of the Lifesharing program and each person in a variety of areas.

Lifesharing provider families are required to provide safe, stable, and nurturing home environments. All prospective provider families go through a lengthy and comprehensive evaluation process and must successfully:

  • Complete the KenCrest-funded background checks and clearances
  • Have a sustainable income
  • Be in good health
  • Provide multiple references
  • Complete required trainings

All families complete a rigorous training program as they enter the Lifesharing arrangement and receive additional, ongoing training with support.


 

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KenCrest Corporate Office
960A Harvest Drive, Suite 100
Blue Bell, PA 19422

Phone: 610-825-9360 Fax: 610-825-4127

Service Locations:

  • Pennsylvania Counties
    • Berks
    • Bucks
    • Chester
    • Delaware
    • Lancaster
    • Montgomery
    • Philadelphia
  • Delaware Counties
    • Kent
    • New Castle
    • Sussex
  • Connecticut Counties
    • Fairfield
    • New Haven