Direct Care Staff-Supportive Community Connections (SCC)

Mentors assist and support adults with developmental disabilities in the community as they participate in activities, learn new life skills as well as assist participants to reach their personal goals.

Forward Living is hiring for our Day Program in Colorado Springs. Be a part of a fast-paced, supportive and caring team to continually reach our goal of Improving lives, Optimizing wellness, and Promoting independence. If you have a strong sense of purpose, unique talents and know how to put it to work, we have the perfect opportunity just for you. Here at Forward Living, we value incredible people with incredible skills but your commitment to a greater cause is something we value even more. This is the heartbeat of our organization and your time will be spent in a supportive, team environment with resources to help you flourish and leaders who care about your success.

Opportunities for advancement!
Please message us your Email if interest or need more information.

Job types: Contract work, Full time and Part time positions are available.

Compensation: $16 an hour


  • Flexible schedule
  • Gas stipend


  • 4 hour shift
  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • No weekends

License/Certification: Driver’s License (Required)

This position is up to 3- 5 days a week with typical hours being 10 am to 4pm or 8am to 4pm, No weekends.

Applicants Must:

  • Have obtained a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have a good driving record
  • Have a safe and reliable vehicle
  • Be willing to transport participates in your personal vehicle
  • Carry appropriate vehicle insurance
  • Be able to work independently and in cooperation with others
  • 1 year working or advocating for individuals with disabilities(preferred but not required)
  • Have the ability to answer and operate a telephone. Have the ability to hear and talk with residents, staff and the general public.
  • Must be able to follow written and oral instructions
  • Complete state required documentation of all services provided (Condense and record how the day went)

Technical Expertise:

  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Effective Communication
  • Results Oriented
  • Personal Credibility
  • Quality Focus
  • People Focus
  • Flexibility
  • Adheres to and supports all Company policies and procedures

Technical Expertise:

  • Internalize the concept that all behavior is communication and are ready to work to figure out what a behavior is telling you
  • Are patient, open-minded, and flexible
  • Are a relationship-builder who enjoys making connections with people
  • Enjoy creative problem-solving
  • Love having fun and engaging in a variety of activities such as kickball, bowling, swimming, yoga, hiking, arts and crafts, volunteering, and so much more
  • Enjoy learning about and supporting others
  • Want to advocate for the people we serve to be included in their communities
  • Experience working with people with complex behavioral support needs
  • Education or training in behavioral supports (including registered behavioral technician and/or knowledge of applied behavior analysis or other behavioral support strategies)
  • Ability to read, understand, and follow detailed behavioral support plans
  • Willingness and ability to support people with complex behavioral or medical support needs in either small groups or one on one.

Forward Living will train any applicant that doesn’t have prior experience.

What a typical day for an SCC Mentor looks like:
You’ll meet people at our base site in the morning or you may provide transportation to some participants so they can meet others before heading out to enjoy activities in the community. Activities are determined by participants and facilitated by (SCC) Management. Activities could include volunteering at local non-profits, playing a game of pick-up basketball at a local park, touring a museum, going to the library, or enjoying a hike, to name a few. (SCC) Mentors are encouraged to develop and create new activities based on the interests of the people they serve as well as yourself, considering you will be in the community with them.

Sometimes you might spend the day at our office building with participants doing arts and crafts, playing board games or card games, facilitating a discussion group about current affairs, leading a cooking class, watching animal planet i.e. (Educational Content) or maybe even a dance party. Mostly these activities happen when the weather outside is very cold, usually under 35 degrees.

Variety is the spice of life, don’t be afraid to suggest a new activity that day program could try!

At the end of the day, you’ll ensure that everyone you were assigned to gets home safely.

What we value:

  • We practice open, honest, and direct communication, we emphasize active listening by hearing others before we speak, and we are congruent in our words and actions.
  • We treat others with the utmost respect by engaging in positive interaction with the people we serve, care providers, and coworkers.
  • We take responsibility and serve with integrity as we remember the people we serve always come first.
  • We promote teamwork and a positive work environment, where everyone feels valued and has fun as we support the mission of our organization.
  • We encourage and promote innovation and positive change

Why work here:

  • Make a difference in the lives of those you support and their family/caregivers.
  • If you can dream it, we can help you achieve it. We value innovation and are fast-moving company that loves to hear new ideas.
  • Ever-evolving opportunities for growth.
  • Excellent staff and team to work with

Host Home Provider (HHP)

We support a diverse set of people with varying needs and are looking for homes and providers to match.

Forward Living is actively seeking energetic and professional Host Home Providers in the Colorado Springs areas to offer a home to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities providing 24 hour care. Forward Living focuses on making lasting placements and will match an individual in services with you based on the compatibility of you, your family, and your home environment. Host Home Providers (HHP) offer an in-home placement to adults with disabilities of varying needs allowing each person to live in their own communities with the support they need to stay as independent as possible. Host Home Providers are contractors of Forward Living and receive competitive payments for the difficulty of care required for the person based on His/her Level scale. Forward Living provides comprehensive general training as well as specific training to the individual in care. Each (HHP) is specifically designed to meet the unique needs of an individual, respecting their personality, capabilities and hopes for the future. No two Host Homes look alike and we are flexible in developing a residential support plan that matches your needs with the needs of a person seeking placement. (HHP) are providing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to live in a home in their community.

Our residential team is on-call 24/7 and is there to support you if any needs come up during the placement. You become a part of our integrated care team and we aim to create placements that integrate fully into the community and your home.

Please message us your Email if interested or need more information

Provider duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide personal assistance, social and emotional support, and other personal care to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a home and community environment
  • Support with activities of daily living including shopping and meal preparation, personal care/hygiene routines, and general in-home support tasks as needed
  • Community activities based on the needs of the individual
  • Transportation services as needed – may include transportation to/from scheduled activities and appointments
  • Record Incident reports (IR)
  • Complete documentation for services provided
  • Medication administration and support as needed

Ultimately looking for people who are: Passionate about actively working to improve the lives of persons with disabilities – Desire to work closely within a community network of family members, individuals in services, and agencies – Willing to create a flexible, adaptive, and supportive environment to offer a home to an individual in need

Requirements for the contract:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be able to lift at least 75 pounds
  • Must have a GED or diploma
  • Must have dependable and reliable transportation with the ability to safely transport
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass background check
  • Must have appropriate living environment with at least one available bedroom
  • Preferred knowledge and understanding of developmental disabilities, mental health, Seizures, and trauma
  • Must be competent and willing to perform Non-Violent Crisis Intervention physical managements as trained
  • Job responsibilities include reporting any suspected maltreatment, abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an at risk individual
  • Experience with Developmental Disabilities is preferred, but not required
  • Professionalism
  • Patience
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Clean motor vehicle record

Sample/Training Supports will provide:

  • General training on care giving and the needs of individuals with disabilities
  • Trauma-informed and social emotional care responses
  • First-aid, CPR, and general safety trainings
  • Person-centered training based on the person in care
  • Integrated and adaptive behavior support plans
  • Crisis intervention and emergency response planning
  • 24/7 on-call support
  • Support team of expert clinicians to provide in-home and community-based training as needed
  • Trained respite providers and proactive respite scheduling support
  • Protocols

Compensation varies depending on the level of support the individual needs. Offers a competitive rate ranging from $1200 – $6000 per month.

We look forward to working with you, please email us if you have any other questions regarding the position.


  • Flexible schedule
  • Gas stipend


  • 4 hour shift
  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • No weekends

License/Certification: Driver’s License (Required)

If you are interested in applying for any positions with Forward Living, please download one of the applications below.

Once completed, please send your completed application and any additional information to [email protected]

Application - Employment Download
Application - Host Home Provider Download