Residential Group Homes for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Residents are assisted with medical, dental and special care.  Each home is reviewed annually and licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Licensing.  Services are defined in the MaineCare Manual section 97 (PNMI) or section 21 (waiver home).  Residential services include but are not limited to training and assistance in the following areas:

  • Personal care.
  • Activities of daily living, including home management.
  • Independent living, including general practices to promote a healthy lifestyle and exposure to a variety of leisure activities.
  • Socialization
  • Sensory and motor skills, including professional assessments as needed.
  • Academic, budgeting and banking skills


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Shared Living for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Shared Living is a residential service model designed to provide stable, inclusive homes for persons with intellectual disabilities.  The Progress Center is authorized by the Department of Health and Human Services to oversee the Shared Living homes, as defined in the MaineCare Manual section 21. Shared Living Providers are contracted, supervised and supported by The Progress Center to provide services for a person with intellectual disabilities. Each home is owned/rented and operated by Shared Living Home Providers. Services are intended to promote independence, community inclusion and individualized care.


Would you like to support a person with developmental disabilities in your home?

  • Make the person part of your family!
  • Make the person part of your community!
  • Teach and learn from shared experiences!

The Progress Center is taking applications for people who would like to become Shared Living Providers.

  • A High School Diploma or equivalent is required.
  • DSP/CDS certification, Med Course/CRMA certification, First Aid/CPR certifications are needed – but we will train!
  • A background with people with developmental/physical disabilities is a plus!

If you are interested or would like more information – call or e-mail Deb Peaco at or (207) 743-8049 ext 217.

“The Progress Center is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer”

Deb Peaco, Shared Living Manager

Debi Peaco, Manager of Shared Living

Deborah Peaco joined The Progress Center, Inc. in 2007. She earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine. Debi started at The Progress Center as a DSP, CRMA in our Home Support Program, moving on to manage the Shared Living and Home Support Programs. She also coordinates trainings and supervises relief staff and float staff. Debi has temporarily managed a residential program and has occasionally helped in the finance department. Debi serves on the celebration and safety committees and sometimes helps at the Community Dinners and with activities in our day program.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049x 217,

Carol Paradis, In-Home Support

Carol Paradis, Home Support Manager

Carol started working for The Progress Center in the fall of 2010 as a DSP. Carol has been a Team Leader and House Manager for one of our residential homes and enjoys working as a DSP and providing exceptional care and support for our clients. Carol was promoted in May of 2016 to In Home Support Manager. She has an associate’s degree in applied science and would like to advance her degree the near future.  Carol is very excited to be involved in the growth of a great company.

Contact Information: 207-743-8049×284,

Jennifer Ney, Residential Care Manager

Jennifer Ney, Residential Care Manager

Jennifer Ney, a 3 year employee of The Progress Center, Residential Service Manager overseeing coordinators and direct support staff of the residential programs. Jen is currently pursuing a nursing degree which will be completed in 2019. Jen has been in the field for more than 11 years and enjoys providing support and guidance to staff to provide the best care for our client.

Contact Information: 207-514-4338, 

Residential Services Coordinators

Frederick Avenue Home:

Karla Jacobson Home: Mariah Letourneau,

Spring Street Home: Sarah Hess,

Pleasant Street Home: Jade Davis,

Deer Hill Home: Jennifer Ney, Manager,