Mentors collaborate with people who have diverse abilities and their families to create strong, vibrant personal support networks. Together they explore the gifts, interests, and current routines. The initial focus is on getting to know each other and gathering information about current relationships. Another focus is made on learning about health and safety considerations and developing appropriate accommodations and safeguards.
After identifying the existing network, Mentors create opportunities to both nurture their current relationships and explore their community to meet new people. They pay special attention to places and groups where people share similar gifts and interests.
Over time, new relationships will develop and the network will expand. This process is ongoing. As priorities shift over time, the Personal Support Network will evolve accordingly.
At least twice a year, personal support networks come together for formal planning meetings. In these meetings, Mentors facilitate conversations about the person’s goals and dreams and check in about planning for the future. In some cases, Mentors work collaboratively with a Community Connector.