Be a Host Home Mentor! Make a Difference (and an Income!)

Motherhood has a way of exemplifying our altruistic nature, doesn’t it? Moms are constantly putting the needs of their children above their own, making big and small sacrifices, showing compassion, kindness, and patience to the best of our abilities. We are the juggling masters!

If you are like me, that juggling act includes working outside the home, because financially that income is needed to cover our family expenses. That juggling act of work, life, home, and kids has meant that my “me time” was and is always cut short. It was scrunched into mornings before I scurried off to work or squeezed into a condensed evening, which often involves car rides to/from practices. The juggling act of motherhood is demanding and rewarding, but I felt like something was missing. No matter how busy I seem to be, I was missing the chance to make a difference, to give back, or do something meaningful outside of my work as a mother, and I yearned to make an impact in another way.

It was only later in my life that I came across an opportunity that allowed me to make a difference in a BIG way while working with Mentors for REM Iowa’s Host Home team! I am hopeful this may reach that one (or more!) person that wishes they could financially stay home with their kids and still do something that feels big and meaningful.

Give Back – Make Money – Do Something Meaningful

REM Iowa offers a chance to do just that: stay home, do something meaningful, give back to others and to your community, and supplement your income as a mentor through the Host Home Program.

This unique program enlists vetted mentors to provide a nurturing home for individuals with intellectual disabilities or brain injuries either as a Mentor on a full time basis or as a Sub Mentor, supporting as needed. As you welcome a new person to live in your home you will make an incredible impact in their life! The Host Home Program works hard to make the perfect match between your home, you as the “mentor,” and the individual to ensure lasting relationships and networks. Think of it as an extension of your family!

To qualify for the program mentors must be at least 21 years old, pass background checks, have a spare bedroom (at least 8’x10’), and complete home and safety inspections. Mentors receive a competitive daily stipend, complete training, and 24/7 support.  

Open Your Heart, Open Your Home 

If you have a deep desire to help others and to demonstrate kindness in a tangible way, please consider this opportunity. There are currently individuals in the Iowa City area that are in need of a Host Home, and new mentors are needed.

REM Iowa will be hosting a no-obligation coffee or danish hour for Iowa City area residents to come gather information, ask questions, and learn more about the Host Home Program on Friday, June 28 from 10:00-noon at New Pi Co-Op Café, located at 1401 5th Street, Coralville. You can also learn more or explore FAQ’s about the program at or give REM Iowa a call at 319-393-1944.

About the Guest Blogger:

Dede Eschen, Mentor Recruiter, REM Iowa

Dede is a life-long Eastern Iowan who enjoys being active at home with her family, at work, and within her broader living community. Her marketing background and business development experience coupled with her love for helping others has landed her in this position where she contributes positively in all aspects of work, life, home, and with others. “I am humbled at the opportunities REM has offered me, where I can work with such great people, help others daily, and do something so meaningful.”

About REM Iowa:

Since 1979, REM Iowa has provided quality services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other complex challenges. Their personalized approach maximizes each person’s unique efforts to learn, grow, and thrive in the communities they call home. REM Iowa is a partner of The MENTOR Network, a national network of local health and human services providers offering an array of quality, community-based services across the country.

This is a sponsored post. ICMB was compensated for sharing this piece.  However, we love connecting our readers with people and organizations that are doing good in our community, and we think you will find this information helpful and informative!



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