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Whom we serve
Individuals between the ages of 4-65 years old. Primarily we serve kids, ages 4-17 (about 75% kids/adolescents and 25% adults). Each of the people we serve has various mental health diagnoses or developmental disabilities. Although we provide 1:1 services, often we are providing support to the family as well. Many of the individuals we serve come from homes of low socioeconomic status, single parent households, or have experienced significant stressors/trauma throughout their lives.
What does a typical ILS shift look like?
An employee who works with Independent Living Services clients (ILS) is known as a Direct Support Professional, or a DSP. As a DSP, you will be working 1:1 with a client you are trained with. This individual will have customized programs to work on throughout the shift, as well as a daily routine plan to follow. Depending on the client’s needs and goals, you may be working on a vast array of programs. For the kids, common programs include socialization, managing emotions, learning chores or homework, etc. As they get older, we may work on money management, cooking, managing appointments, etc. Typically, once the programs are completed, there is client choice time which can include a wide variety of activities such as hiking, crafts, games, biking, fishing, etc. During this informal choice time, we are still very intentional with our time and are always looking for opportunities to teach additional skills (i.e. sportsmanship skills, conflict resolution, healthy relationships/boundaries, etc.) Sometimes this is when our greatest work occurs! Because we serve individuals with various mental health concerns and sometimes traumatic histories, there is a chance you may work with someone who displays high behaviors such as physical or verbal aggression. We provide specialized training to suit the unique needs of each individual and prepare you with the skills and resources you need.
What is a Designated Coordinator?
They are like our internal case managers who are assigned a caseload of about 15 clients to manage. They are responsible for developing and monitoring the person-specific programs/goals for their clients, training and supporting the direct support staff, and working directly with the clients (+ about 100 other things too)!
What about Group Homes?
We also have five group homes, two of which are located in Winona, two in Goodview, and one in Lake City. Each of the residents who live in these homes also have various mental health diagnoses. A typical shift in the group home consists of preparing dinner for the residents, administering medications, general household cleaning, community activities, etc. Group Home shifts tend to be less structured than ILS shifts and tend to have a bit more “down” time.