Hope’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.
Hope Services improves the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and mental health needs. Their Big Idea, Homestart Early Intervention Services, improves and often eliminates developmental delays and/or disabilities for infants and children up to age 5 by providing intensive in-home therapies and parent/family education. As infants become more aware of their world, they begin to explore, reach out and communicate with others. During this time, infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or are “at-risk” for a delay need specialized support to reach their full potential. Hope Services’ Homestart program addresses the physical and mobility barriers, cognitive challenges and communicative delays associated with each child’s developmental challenges. Therapists meet with families monthly to direct and provide services.
When Joe found out his son Emery would have Down Syndrome, he didn’t know what life would be like. He feared that his son would wake up doing nothing. When that began happening, he realized his greatest fear was coming true. The family was referred to the Homestart program and Emery began receiving physical and occupational therapies from one of Homestart’s early intervention specialists. Within three weeks, Joe saw dramatic changes in his son’s behavior. He began sitting up and responding to interaction. He is now learning to crawl and is close to walking. [The specialist] allowed us to see a new side of our son that wasn’t there before and it’s been really special for us. Having Hope Services help us has made a tremendous difference in our whole family.
- Joe Newton