Intellectual Disabilities Program

This program involves Home and Community Services and Residential services in community homes. These settings are licensed residential facilities providing a home environment to encourage individuals to develop skills as on on-going process aimed at areas such as: Daily living activities, recreation, communication, socialization, health, safety, well-being, financial independence, and personal adjustment.


Life Sharing Services

The Life Sharing program is an arrangement in which an individual with a disability joins a person or family in their private home as a fully participating member. These living arrangements allow the sharing of food, shelter, experiences, responsibility, and love. The individual shares and receives needed care and support from family and through community services.


Supportive Living Services

These services are designed to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities living on their own or with others in the community. Service is provided according to the needs of the individual. The objective is to help them live as independently as possible and to connect them to natural supports that provide a network for continued independence.


School Support System

The school support program provides a variety of supports to children and adolescents who are in local public schools. Through the IEP process, support areas are identified within this program. These areas include but are not limited to: community skills, social skills, household skills, recreation skills, safety skills, and academic skills.


Agency With Choice Program (AWC)

Self-determination is a national movement to redesign the delivery of services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. The self-determination philosophy is a belief that one should have choice and control over all aspects of life. Services include concepts such as person-centered planning and individualized budgeting, funding following the individual and the provision of self-directed supports to individuals and their representatives.

AWC Coordinator
Cathy Wolf
Phone: (570) 268-1643


Homeless Assistance Program

The homeless assistance program (HAP) makes available a continuum of services to homeless and near homeless individuals and families living in Bradford and Sullivan Counties in North Central Pennsylvania. HAP funding is provided by the Department of Public Welfare, Office of Social Programs. These funds help to assure:


  • People who are homeless can find refuge and care.
  • Homelessness can be avoided through a variety of prevention services assisting clients to maintain affordable housing.
  • Homelessness and near-homelessness clients are assisted in moving toward self-sufficiency through rental assistance, case management, and emergency shelter.

Homeless Assistance Coordinator
Phone: (570)265-1630


Rental Assistance

This component provides payments for rent, rental costs for trailers and trailer lots, and security deposits to prevent and/or end homelessness or near homelessness by maintaining individuals and families in their own residences. Emphasis is placed on the prevention of homelessness for families with children.


Emergency Shelter

This component is defined as a refuge and care to persons who are in immediate need and are homeless; and have no permanent legal residence of their own. Services include mass or individual shelter in congregate settings, and individual shelter paid through a voucher system to house clients in hotels or motels. When an individual is placed in a hotel or motel, Futures cannot pay for meals separately. Meals are eligible expenses only if they are included as part of the billing or per diem charged for the overnight stay.


Case Management

This component coordinates with the individual to achieve the goal of self-sufficient living.


It begins with the intake process and assessment and includes setting goals in the areas of basic life skills. Case Management Services must be made available to anyone receiving services in the Homeless Assistance Programs. Individuals at risk of becoming homeless in the future are also targeted for Case Management Services. Case Management services are required when an individual requests Homeless Assistance services for a second time. If a second time applicant refuses Case Management Services, the applicant may automatically be denied.


Representative Payee Services

In 1997, Futures began providing Representative Payee services to 3 individuals.


Today we are providing services to over 140 individuals and the numbers continue to grow. More than six million people who receive monthly Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, or both, need someone to help them manage their money. When a person needs this kind of help, the Social Security Administration, after a careful investigation, appoints a relative, friend or another interested party to serve as the beneficiary''s "Representative Payee".


About 25% of the people receiving SSI, and about 10% of the people who get Social Security have payees. Almost all children under the age of 18 who receive any type of Social Security benefits have payees. These services include:


  • Establish and maintain an interest bearing account for each individual.
  • Keep informed of the individuals needs to determine how their benefits can be best used for personal care and well being.
  • Assure all their monthly bills are paid on time.
  • Assist individuals in obtaining the maximum amount of benefits they are eligible to receive.
  • Meet with individuals and/or families as needed to discuss their finances and personal needs.
  • Serve as a contact for these individuals with outside agencies/creditors.
  • Keep the Social Security Office informed of any changes that may affect an individuals benefits.
  • Complete required reports and attend appointments for the Social Security Office

Representative Payee Specialist
Emily Strope
Phone: (570) 268-1649


FBI Fingerprint Clearances

Futures supplies fingerprinting services for those applying through the Department of Public Welfare, the Department of Education, Department of Aging, Department of Transportation, or the Department of Banking and Securities. Applicants must first register and pay through before arriving at our administrative office at 23 Main Street, Towanda, PA 18848. Hours for fingerprinting are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm.


Defensive Driving Services

Futures provides a 6-hour Defensive Driving Certification Training at their administrative office several times per year. There is a $35.00 cost to non-employees. Once participants pass the course, they will receive a certificate that may entitle them to insurance premium discounts, depending on whether their insurance company offers these types of discounts. Seating is limited, so it is necessary to contact the office for training dates and availability.


CPR and First Aid Services

Futures provides a 4-hour CPR and First Aid certification through the American Red Cross. There is a cost of $40.00 to non-employees. Once participants pass the course, they will receive a certificate that is good for two years. Seating is limited, so it is necessary to contact the office for training dates and availability.


Our Mission

Futures Community Support Services, Inc. provides quality support services to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities in living life to their fullest potential. We believe that these individuals should be part of reciprocal communities that foster respect and promote responsibility.

Our Contact Info

Futures Community Support Services, Inc.
23 Main St
Towanda, PA 18848

Phone: (570) 265-3800
Fax: (570) 265-8271


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Governing documents, conflict of interest policy, and financial statements are available upon request and approval of the Board of Directors.
Please contact Barbara Austin, CEO, in writing, of any requests to our administrative office.