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As a Shared Living Provider, you directly make a difference in a person’s life. Shared Living providers are caring, compassionate people who open their hearts and homes to an adolescent or adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Shared Living is a supported living arrangement, which may be considered a form of adult foster care, where an individual, couple, or family share their home and life experiences with a person with an intellectual or developmental disability. Shared Living arrangements closely replicate a private home experience. As a Shared Living Provider, you’ll provide a safe and comfortable home environment and support the individual with tasks such as meal preparation, medication administration, arrangement of and transportation to medical appointments, as well as socialization and participation in the community. Your care will help improve a person’s quality of life by enabling a person to become more independent and stay connected within the community.

Vinfen provides ongoing training and support to Shared Living Providers to make sure that they have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to provide excellent care. Providers also receive a tax-free stipend for their time.

If you have a passion for helping others and would like to provide care and share your life with person with disabilities in your home, please contact Director of Community Living Meg Gaydos at 617-516-5758 or and begin the screening process today. You can learn more, by reviewing our FAQ on Shared Living for Providers.

If you are a family member interested in having a loved one receive support in a Shared Living arrangement, please contact Director of Community Living Meg Gaydos at 617-516-5758 or Also, please check out our FAQ on Shared Living for Families.




As a Shared Living Provider, Kerline opened up her heart and her home to Mike, a person with a developmental disability. Rather than living in a traditional residential program, Mike wanted to live in an apartment with a roommate he could rely on for the support he needs. Kerline was just that person. Each day she strives to meet Mike’s needs and advocate on his behalf. Like any other roommates, Mike and Kerline share in each other’s joy, and appreciate the companionship they’ve found in one another.


If you have a passion for helping others and would like to share your life, contact Meg Gaydos at 617-516-5758 or