Getting to Know Us, Pennsylvania Mentor

Mentor 1Founded in 1989, Pennsylvania MENTOR is a leading home and community-based human services provider serving individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, as well as emotional, behavioral or mental health challenges. We offer a range of innovative programming to enhance the lives of children and adults in our communities. Life sharing Through Family Living, Therapeutic Foster Care, Respite Services, and Autism Services are a few of our services.  We are located throughout Pennsylvania including Brodheadsville, Pittston and Allentown.

What is a Mentor? Mentors are independent contractors who open their hearts and their homes to care for a child, adolescent or adult in need. With the support of a specialized team of health and human service professionals, Mentors become trusted guides, tutors and advocates for the individuals with whom they live. This special relationship between the Mentor and the individual provides the structure and support for development, growth and change — in a natural setting.

Who do Mentors care for? Individuals receiving services include people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, children and adolescents with emotional or behavioral challenges, children with medically complex needs, and court-involved youth.

Why Mentors? Our philosophy, which has proven successful for nearly 30 years, is to provide supports to individuals in the least restrictive, most natural and normalized setting possible. For many, this setting is a Mentor home.

What type of care is involved? The services Mentors provide are specifically tailored to meet the needs of the individuals with whom they live. The actual level of support, supervision and active assistance varies, depending on the needs of each individual. This flexible approach has enabled The MENTOR Network to help thousands of people lead fulfilling lives in the community.

Who can become a Mentor? Mentors do not conform to any standard profile. They represent a wide range of racial and ethnic groups, skills, education levels, neighborhood settings and family arrangements. One constant among Mentors, however, is their commitment to the well being and personal growth of the individuals they serve.

Mentor ad editedHow are Mentors supported? The MENTOR Network offers opportunities for skill development and access to shared resources in order to support the individuals for whom we provide services. We also offer a competitive stipend, as well as access to 24-hour professional support. Relief support is also available as a break or back-up for Mentors.  The real reward, however, is the relationship that develops between the Mentor and the individual and the satisfaction of helping make a real difference in another person’s life.

Right now, throughout your community and across Pennsylvania, thousands of children need a warm, safe home and a caring Mentor to guide them. With such an enormous demand for dedicated Mentors, now more than ever, we need compassionate people like you to open their hearts and homes. Become a Mentor Foster Parent and you will begin a wonderfully rewarding experience. You will make a positive difference in your community and feel the pride, which comes from helping others. And you will form a lasting relationship, with an individual whose life you helped shape. Call Megan at 570-992-3613 ext 35.