Pathlight is actively seeking a person, couple, or family to share their home with an easy going 54-year-old woman with autism. For the time being, we’ll call her “C.”

C. could definitely be described as an introvert. She is very reserved and isn’t a fan of crowds, loud noises, or having a lot of attention focused on her.  It’s important to note that she also really values and enjoys her alone time. C. loves to unwind and recharge in her room where she can usually be found flipping through her books and magazines (a calming activity for her), watching tv, and/or listen to her music (We have a country and oldies fan over here!). Although she takes some time to get used to changes in her life, she is low-key once she can establish a routine and become familiar with a person, place, and/or schedule – all she needs is a little time to adjust!

Ideally, C.’s next home will be within commutable distance to Agawam where her day program is located. She has been attending that site for over 10 years and is very used to the environment and comfortable with the people there. Towns that aren’t near Agawam will be considered if the potential new home is otherwise a great fit for C.  As she can be a little unsteady on her feet at times, we are looking for a house where her bedroom would be on the first floor. Homes with children and pets are fine as long as C. is given space and time to do her own thing.

C. is able to follow directions and repeat simple words; however, she won’t be able to have conversations. Although C. can’t communicate verbally, her body language, facial expressions, and actions speak volumes. This is especially true once you get to know her and can recognize a change in her behavior or demeanor. For this reason, C.’s future Care Provider(s) should be observant and perceptive. They must also be comfortable helping her brush her teeth.

Care providers would receive an annual and generous TAX-FREE stipend, as well as training, case management supports, and respite. Ideal candidates would have skills in working with individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities (though not required), be able to establish clear and consistent routines, set reasonable limits, and provide structure. An open heart, reliability, maturity, and flexibility are required.

If interested, call 413-731-4545, email FamilyBasedLiving@PathlightGroup.org, or visit https://www.pathlightgroup.org/programs-and-services/shared-living/ and fill out a Shared Living Interest form.