A historic beginning
In the United States, there are millions of men and women living with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Every day courageous individuals struggle with impairment in functions most of us take for granted, and often they find themselves separated from involvement in a world that doesn’t know how to respond to their needs; a world that often either doesn’t notice or chooses to ignore their presence…
Dignity. Respect. Relationship. Independence. Among those who recognized these needs not only in their own children but in the children of others were Laura Neely and Jane Hartley, mothers who literally met at a crossroads to form Home of Hope in 1968 – a program ahead of its time, but one whose time had been coming for centuries. These two ladies combined forces with Ruth Smith to create a program aimed at helping men and women with developmental disabilities thrive.
A profound response to needs
Today, because of their boldness and innovation, Home of Hope provides residential, vocational, and educational service to over 200 individuals with more than 340 full and part-time employees.
The Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID) Program provides residential living in a group home setting of 6 to 8 people who require direct care 24 hours a day. Trained staff members supervise individuals in most areas of their life, teaching life skills necessary to function more independently.
Community Support Programs enable individuals with disabilities to live in their own home or in their family home. Staff members provide support and training to individuals in many areas of daily life.
Group Home Programs provide residential living in a group setting of 6 to 10 people with developmental disabilities. The group home environment is ideal for an individual who is very independent but requires some amount of assistance to meet their daily needs.
The Vocational Program offers services based on an individual’s ability and needs. Services range from pre-employment skills training with job coach oversight to independent community placement.
The Quality of Life Activities Program at Home of Hope is large in scale and includes a state of the art equine facility and program, social gatherings, theatre productions, community outings, and Special Olympics.