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“Amy” is an amazing young lady who came to HCRS in 2007; she had been placed in residential school due to her uncontrolled behavior issues and inconsistent home life and had a State appointed legal guardian. With the help of HCRS, Amy was placed in more stable home environment with a family that she had already established a relationship with during emergency respite care. With natural supports and the supports from HCRS; Amy has been able to establish a safe and more consistent relationship between herself and her biological family; she has been able to maintain gainful employment; and just last year was legally appointed to be her own guardian. Amy started working part-time at a grocery store and a department store. In 2010, Amy successfully completed a 3 month internship as a front desk clerk. This internship opportunity really helped build Amy’s vocational skills and professional self esteem. Since this internship, Amy has flourished at work and socially.

Shared Living Providers Info Page

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Laurie Panther, M.S., Program Development Manager

(802) 952-3936 or

Cora Willis-Cooper, Residential Developer

(802) 463-3294 ext. 3151 or

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!


May News

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. 

During the COVID-19 crisis, every SLP has stepped up and it is impossible to single out one of them because ALL SLP'S HAVE PLENTY TO BRAG ABOUT! Here are a few of the creative and resilient ideas they have been sharing with each other and us too:


  • Giving extra love to pets
  • Picking up trash on roadsides (with gloves and sticks)
  • Going through McDonald's drive through as a special treat
  • Gardening outside AND inside
  • Cooking old comforting favorites
  • Trying new recipes - even if they don't always come out perfect (it's fun!)
  • Involving clients in making new schedules
  • Talking about feelings at meal times
  • Not turning on the TV (especially the news)
  • Walking outside
  • Socially distanced porch visits
  • Trying to make normal things more exciting "it's almost time for X, Y, or it's time for it!"
  • The Hallmark Channel
  • Finding ways to put humor into the day: funny movies, sending a funny link or pic, making a funny video on your phone


SLP Appreciation Bonuses

Because of all the extra work and economic stress during this time, HCRS was able to provide SLPs with an extra bonus for the months of March, April, and May! We have heard many thanks from the SLP team and how they are using their bonuses. 

"Thanks so much...I just ordered a UV LED sterilizer sani box, for the residence, to sterilize the TV remotes, the keys, wallets, phone, tweezers, clippers, etc. Trying to keep this place and its precious cargo as safe as I possibly can. The extra funds are perfect for purchasing these items that can provide an extra layer of safety and security." -SLP Katherine Nicoli

New on the Website

SLP Coffee Hour on Zoom - Every Monday at 10:00

This has been an exciting new way for us to be more connected than ever before. Follow the steps below to join in!

Helpful tip: Start this process at least 5-10 minutes before the meeting starts if it's your first time.


  • You can phone-in by dialing the telephone number 1-646-876-9923. You can do this from a landline or any cell phone. You'll be asked to enter the meeting ID: 936 517 535, or if you just wait it will connect you without the ID. 
  • If using a smart phone, computer, laptop, or tablet, simply click on the underlined link:
  • You may be asked to download Zoom if this is your first time. It's ok! Just follow the directions.
  • When it asks you to open in, click on that choice.
  • If it asks you for your name, just type it in...that's what we'll see under your picture.
  • If you are asked for the meeting ID 936 517 535, just type it in.
  • It may ask if you want to join with video, just click on that so you have the option of being seen.
  • Once you are in the meeting, you will see a little microphone and camera box in the lower left of your screen. When you touch/click those you can control when you are seen and/or heard. Please note - it's best to mute your microphone when you are not talking.
  • Also be aware that the Zoom Company is adjusting to millions of people using its platform, and sometimes things don't go smoothly when logging in. Just be patient, and you can always call-in on your phone, and we will spend the first few minutes helping people. Or you can call me, Laurie Panther, Program Development Manager, beforehand, and I will walk you through it. 802-952-3936


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 (


Naomi: (603) 477-4025 (


SLP Spring Training

SLP trainings are postponed until further notice - stay tuned for updates. 

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

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