Perspectives Corporation
Perspectives Corporation

Seeking the Space to Be Ourselves: Josh's SLA Journey

By Sara Porcaro | Jun 14, 2022
Shared Living Arrangements, COVID-19, Rhode Island, Disabilities, Achievement, Creative, Home, Respite, Earn Money

Throughout the month of June, people visiting Providence have the chance to see a special sight at night: the Rhode Island State House, lit up with the many shades of the rainbow. June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and so the first month of summer carries an extra special meaning for many across the country--including for Josh, who's a member of the LGBTQ+ community. And not only is he looking forward to the Rhode Island Pride Parade this month--even volunteering to help make sure it's a great event as always--but he's also looking forward to the day he can move into his own space, with like minded roommates. That's why he's also looking for a Shared Living Provider in Perspectives' Shared Living Arrangements (SLA) program!
"It's important to me that whoever I live with respects my identity," Josh says. "I can't deal with disrespectful people."
It's a sentiment we all share: the need to have a home that feels like a space where our true, authentic selves can be respected. For 19 year old Josh, it means finding a roommate living in or near the city. He's hoping to live with somewhere near his age, who can be a good roommate that respects his identity--and his personal space, his belongings, and his time. He knows he'd get along great with someone kind and caring, someone who doesn't cook with tons of vegetables all the time, and who likes video games like PubG and country music. And if they had a pet, like a dog or a cat, he certainly wouldn't mind, as he loves animals of all kinds. However, when it comes to living with a new person that matches his outgoing, adventurous personality, he's also hoping they can help him better manage his finances and his relationships with others.
"I get a little carried away when I get money," Josh admits. "I end up buying a lot of things that I might not really need."
Josh earns his money by working with the Maintenance Team at Perspectives, but he's looking to learn better strategies to save his money for future things and experiences that matter to him. He also loves to go out and spend time with friends, and he's hoping to learn relationship skills that let him build deeper connections with other people, getting to know them fully before defining them as friends or partners. He's got a sharp sense of humor behind his soft-spoken ways, and he's a night owl that loves to listen to music and draw to relieve stress, which means over time, he's developed a portfolio of pieces that show off his artistic talent. But these are just a few of the things that make Josh, Josh, and the best way to learn more is to speak to him directly.
"You'll learn about me more when we meet," Josh says, an open call to any potential Shared Living Providers, "but so long as you can respect me, I'm sure we'll get along!"
And no doubt, anyone looking for an opportunity to reach out and help someone find a place where they can truly be themselves will love this opportunity. Josh is looking forward to beginning the next chapter of his life, and this could be the next chapter of yours, as well! If you're interested in learning more about Josh and what it means to be a Shared Living Provider, visit our Shared Living Arrangements page and get in touch!


Read More From Perspectives ...

Perspectives Corporation's 11th Annual Holiday Project Lights Up the Season
November 17, 2023
Join Perspectives Corporation's Holiday Project to spread joy! Donate toys to help underprivileged families this festive season.

Ukeru Systems Celebrates Perspectives in Recent Case Study
November 1, 2023
Perspectives Corporation's remarkable transformation spotlighted by Ukeru Systems.

Popping Into Success: Eddie's Journey with Perspectives' Community Based Work Experience
September 21, 2023
Meet Eddie, the newest star at All South County Luxury Cinemas! Thanks to Perspectives' Community Based Work Experience, he's living his dream job.

Seeds of Success: Bob's Journey from Yard Work to Farmhand
May 26, 2023
Discover Bob's journey to employment through Perspectives and how you can join us in creating more success stories!

Meet Adam Armisto: A Dedicated RBT Lead Therapist at Perspectives for 15 Years
April 24, 2023
Discover how Adam Armisto has helped improve the lives of young clients at Perspectives for 15 years, and how he pursued his passion to become an OTA.

From Direct Care to Leadership: Professional Development in Applied Behavior Analysis
April 19, 2023
Discover how Illaria's passion for helping others drove her career growth in Applied Behavior Analysis.

A Journey from Entry-Level to Clinical Director at Perspectives
April 11, 2023
Meet Shannon Ciccone, the Clinical Director of the ABA program at Perspectives Corporation.

How Beth's Sunny Smile Brightens a Day at the Kosher Senior Cafe
January 31, 2023
Beth has been volunteering since October at the Jewish Collaborative Services' Kosher Senior Cafe, and you can learn more about her work!

An Animal Lover's Dream: Maggie's Feathered Friends at Foster Parrot Ltd.
January 13, 2023
Foster Parrots Ltd. has an enthusiastic set of hands on deck with Maggie, and she's loving every minute of it!