Residential Services

We believe every individual has a right to a meaningful life and an opportunity to contribute to their community despite any intellectual or developmental disability they may have. Ariel strives to help all adults in our care obtain the services and support they need to live a productive life in the community where they can participate in activities and work if possible. Adults with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities are respected and are an integral part of our Ariel family and we provide an array of services to support them.

At Ariel, we offer a few types of residential services and we pride ourselves in taking the time to identify the option best suited each individual. We offer on-going support to ensure our individual’s care and independence are the primary focus. 1) We offer host homes where an individual lives with a family, couple, or single adult and becomes a part of their family. To become a host home provider, scroll down to find out more information and learn about the process. 2) A Personal Care Alternative (PCA) is when an individual lives in a home independently or with peer roommates. Support staff come into the home on a scheduled basis to offer support as needed. 3) Individuals can also live with a Family Caregiver. In this setting, individuals live with a family member in a host home setting. 4) Finally, we also offer respite care. This is offered on an hourly or daily basis in a variety of settings to include the community, a host home, or in the individual’s home*. Staff at each of our locations have a strong sense of compassion for the plight of the adult with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and understand the unique concerns that they face.

*Some restrictions to this service apply.

Host Home Application Forms and Resources

Click below for all our downloadable forms and applications.

If you have any questions about these programs please call:

Colorado Springs: 719-260-6110
Denver: 303-703-9351
Grand Junction Area Main: 970-245-1616
Grand Junction Adult: 970-208-9876

Please Visit our Vocational Services Page for more information on our Adult Programs



What to Expect?

To become a host home provider, an application must first be turned in and background checks must be completed. Then, applicants must complete a minimum of 40 hours of training, we will inspect your residence to ensure it meets the requirements of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department, and you will go through an interview process.

The interview process has various pieces:

  1. An interview with Ariel staff to determine what might be a good fit for your home;
  2. An initial meeting with the person receiving services;
  3. If both parties agree to move forward, multiple visits need to take place between potential provider and person receiving services.

The purpose of the interviewing and visiting process is to ensure that that the host home provider and the person receiving services have similar interests and will become family to one another. The placement process can take a long time as we work to find the right fit. After the initial application, background check, training, and home inspection are complete, potential providers are kept on a list and contacted as Ariel receives referrals that might be good fit with the provider.


CPR and First Aide, Safety Care, MANE (Mistreatment, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation), and QMAP (a training to certify a person to be able to dispense medication). For higher need individuals additional trainings can include: Brief Suicide Intervention, Trauma Informed Care, Informed Supervision, Behavior Modification, and other trainings specific to the individual being served. The adult services program also offers monthly training opportunities for continued education for host home providers.

Ariel requires 3 professional and 1 personal references. Professional references can be former employers or co-workers, or anyone you have worked with professionally.

The inspector will look for a home that meets the requirements and standards defined by the Housing and Urban Development Department. The home must provide a clean, safe environment that is free of trash and debris. The home must also be in good physical condition and well maintained, with windows and walls free of cracks.

At a minimum, the room where the person receiving services would reside needs to have a locking door, a window, and a closet. The room must be no smaller than 10 feet by 8 feet. Every person will have different needs and may need different types of space depending on the amount of belongings they have or the adaptive equipment they require.