Shared Living Providers Info Page

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Laurie Panther, M.S., Program Development Manager

(802) 952-3936 or lpanther@hcrs.org

Cora Willis-Cooper, Residential Developer

(802) 463-3294 ext. 3151 or  cwillisc@hcrs.org

As a Shared Living Provider for HCRS, you are providing the folks we serve the opportunity to build independent living skills, supporting them in accessing their communities, and allowing them to expand their skills in a safe, supportive environment. The work you do as a Shared Living Provider is demanding and can have its own unique challenges.

This webpage is designed to support better communication between HCRS and you. We hope you find it to be a valuable resource, and we welcome your feedback on additional resources we can provide for you here. Please reach out to Cora or Laurie with your thoughts and check back frequently as this webpage takes shape!


March News

Please note that Disability Awareness Day on March 12 has been cancelled.

SLP of the Month - Brag & Swag!

What is Brag & Swag? Every month, an SLP who is doing an outstanding job will be acknowledged here and will receive a gift card. 

Congratulations to Bertha & Roger Adams -  SLPs for the month of  March! (Due to illness precautions there was a delay in taking their picture and delivering their gift card, but it is happening next week – stay tuned.)


New on the Website

Cora's Corner

Smoke detector technology is advancing. Click on the link to see the difference between new types of smoke detectors.

SLP Support Team

New to the profession? Have a challenging situation? Feeling isolated? Or want to run an idea by another SLP? We now have veteran SLPs who want to support their comrades! David & Doreen Scott and Naomi Welch.

David & Doreen

David & Doreen: (802) 885-2414 (scottparents2@gmail.com)


Naomi: (693) 477-4025 (robitillen@gmail.com)

SLP Wellness Information

HCRS -  along with DAIL (Department of Aging and Independent Living), and many other health care organizations -  is taking significant steps to ensure that the Coronavirus does not take hold in Vermont, and you can help!

Please read this letter from our new Director of Developmental Services.

And also review this document from DAIL. It has even more recommendations specifically for care providers.

If you support a client with a weakened immune system, who is over 60 and/or who has a long-term medical condition (heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer or high blood pressure) they are at greater risk of infection. Remember that catching a cold or flu weakens the immune system and makes people more susceptible to other infections, such as Covid-19. So staying healthy is the first step! If you or the individual you support are sick or were recently around someone sick, please support the client living with you to stay home (and stay home yourself if you can). Now’s the time to take care of yourself and help the individual living with you to stay well! We suggest stocking up on essentials and grabbing the popcorn, movies, and games to make staying inside a more relaxing and enjoyable experience.


Want to quit smoking? Here's a link to some help. Click on this link to connect to 802Quits. They also have a toll-free number: 800-QUIT-NOW.

Spring is around the corner. Get out of the house for a late winter hike in one of our local State parks. Click on this link to see the State Park information. And on this one for maps.

Meditation: It's not just for hippies anymore! At our last SLP training, meditation came up during the Self Care break out group. Here are some links to informational videos:

A simple way to get started with a 5 minute meditation

The scientific benefits of meditation

SLP Advocates

Please note that Disability Awareness Day on March 12 has been cancelled. 

SLP Spring Training

Please note that the training dates are now TBD. Check here for updated information.

The training will be after the school spring break is over and will prepare us for the upcoming fiscal year. The locations for the Brattleboro and Windsor trainings will remain the same, but Springfield will be doing things a little differently. Rather than meeting as a large group at the church, we will offer two dates in the Springfield Board Room at our main office. This will allow for a more personal experience.

More SLP Resources

SLT Application Form

Background Checks - VT Residents

Background Checks - NH Residents

ARIS Solutions Information

Respite Manual for SLP's

SLP Information Manual

Safety & Accessibility Information