Volunteer As a Host Home


All applicants must:

  1. Have an extra bedroom (providing privacy) for the youth(a home inspection will be conducted)
  2. Be at least 25 years old.
  3. Have lived in Rhinelander for at least a year.
  4. Be within Rhinelander School District
  5. Complete the application form, providing any relevant information
  6. Have renter/homeowner’s insurance providing a file copy if requested
  7. Provide three references
  8. Authorize and pass background checks which include criminal background checks.
  9. Complete the initial training session
  10. Complete a question and answer meeting with the program manager
  11. Be willing to make a one year commitment to the program

The above criteria need to be successfully completed in order for an applicant to be qualified as a host. Applicants need to demonstrate a strong commitment to work with a youth to build a healthy and trusting relationship, an ability to provide a safe, decent, sanitary, stable and supportive environment and consistently demonstrate skills necessary to meet program objectives.

All applicants must be willing to adhere to all program rules and emergency procedures. They must report any changes in family composition and changes in legal status of any household members to the program manager. If selected, applicants and others in the household must be willing to ask for assistance for difficult situations. Applicants and members of the household must have no sexual contact or any other sexual activity with or around the youth placed in their home.

Participation of applicants may be terminated at any point in the process if the program manager feels the applicant is unable/not ready to be host volunteers.

Host Home Support:

After approval and once hosting, volunteers are provided regular support groups. These meetings will provide the hosts with an opportunity to share their experiences and learn from other hosts, as well as to learn from outside trainers up to four times a year. Youth involved in the program will receive ongoing support from their case managers. The main support person for the volunteer hosts is the program manager, whereas the main support person for the youth is the youth advocate/case manager who referred him or her to the Rhinelander Host Home Program. The case manager will work closely with the program manager to ensure that the host home receives the appropriate level of support throughout participation. Participation includes scheduled and unscheduled (if warranted) home visits which will also be a part of the support system provided.

If you are interested in becoming a host home please contact Merlin Van Buren at our office on 715-502-2370 or email office@lifeboatfoundation.org for more information and an application form.