Volunteers of America MN’s CONNECT Life Sharing program unites people who are willing to open their hearts and their homes, to support individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. This process is planned with careful consideration given to matching similar individuals for the needs of both parties. 


Ages served
Genders served
All genders

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Opening one’s home to an individual with disabilities can open a whole new world. Life Sharing providers offer their home and companionship as well as opportunities for growth, learning, and support. Individuals, in turn, could offer providers many of those same benefits. 

Providers are responsible for:

  • Providing daily supports for the individual(s). May include assisting with personal care, medication management, shopping, scheduling and transportation to medical or dental appointments, work, and much more. Duties are very similar to any other member of one’s family. 
  • Promoting outside activities involving friends, family, faith, and community. 
  • Encouraging individuals to work on daily skills or helping them gain new skills. 
  • Enjoying this opportunity and the satisfaction that derives from making a difference in the life of a person with disabilities. 

Benefits of choosing life sharing services:

  • The host family is a consistent support as opposed to staff who frequently change. 
  • Individuals can share in family activities, home life, and day-to-day living, to the degree they feel comfortable with. 
  • Family style setting. The maximum number of people served through this model is two; allowing for a more flexible lifestyle with focus on individual needs. 
  • Assistance accessing routine medical and dental care, with nursing staff to aid in more complex care. 
  • Each home has been properly licensed and inspected. Background checks are part of this process for all members of the household. 
  • The setting allows individuals the opportunity to live their lives the way they want to, including options such as working, taking part in activities, and connecting with friends and family. 
  • A thorough matching process designed with individual personalities and lifestyles in mind. Our priority is to make this a good fit for both the individual and the host home, hopefully creating lasting relationships in a stable, loving home setting. 


Life Sharing providers are paid a generous tax-free monthly stipend from the county. 

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