Host Home Provider

HOST HOME PROVIDERS

Our current and past Host Home providers tell us that their participation in this program is truly a labor of love.  It almost has to be.  Hosts are unpaid volunteers who open their homes and hearts to youth in need. Being a Host Home Provider is a rewarding experience that can change the lives of the youth that are in the program. Here are a few words from Host Home providers on their experience with the program:

 

“Providing a safe home to a youth in need changed my life.”

 

“It has been deeply rewarding to know that we have given a youth a safe home and a supportive environment.”

 

“It has been tremendously satisfying to know that we have helped a youth reach their short term goals.”

 

“We cannot say enough about the gratification and enjoyment this opportunity has granted us.”

 

In an effort to create positive and beneficial relationships, clients are given the opportunity to meet prospective hosts and visit the home prior to placement.  Time Out Youth staff also negotiates a contract with rules, responsibilities and expectations of both the client and host providers prior to placement to ensure that everyone is clear. Time Out Youth offers Emergency Financial Assistance that provides food, transportation, and clothing to Host Home youth.  You set the rules for your household and the youth pledge to abide by them.

To become eligible to become a Host Home, applicants must:
  • Be willing to provide a safe and loving environment for LGBTQ youth
  • Complete Time Out Youth Volunteer Application process with references and interview
  • Successfully pass criminal background check(This is required for all adults over 18 years living in the home)
  • Complete a home visit
  • Attend a Host Home Provider Orientation & Training
  • Have proof of homeowners insurance

CLICK HERE to download our Host Home Program Provider Application

Host Family responsibilities can include:
  • Providing room and board that includes a safe, private sleeping space
  • Providing emotional support to Host Family clients
  • Providing transportation for client when/if needed or appropriate
  • Communicating regularly with Time Out Youth staff
  • Providing life skills support to clients

To learn more about these opportunities, contact Shakira Clarke, our Director of Youth Services