Trade Luxuries for Impact

60 Years Serving Children & Families

At Hope, we believe every child, regardless of developmental difference, deserves the chance to achieve optimum growth, independence, and joy.

Since its beginning in 1957, Hope has continued to serve children through expanded educational, residential, vocational, and clinical programs that bring miracles to life.

In our 60th year, we celebrate the children and families who have overcome great challenges, as well as our staff, volunteers, partners, and donors, who make milestones like this year possible.

Help us raise awareness about services and inclusion by supporting our #Give60 campaign that benefits children like David, Naomi, and Cody.

1. Easily give any amount online at

2. Share on social media and encourage others to #Give60.

Trade a 60 or more shopping, dining, salon, or coffee habit for 60 or more worth of impact that benefits a child with autism or other developmental difference.

Your trade could provide a child with:

A birthday party

• A week of nutritious snacks

• An hour of clinical therapy (speech, physical, behavioral)

• Arts and crafts supplies

• Daily toiletries and medicines

• Warm hat and gloves

• New shoes (feet grow fast!)


David’s Story of Hope

Before coming to Hope, David lived with his dad, Ray and his brother, Roman. Ray was a single dad making the best of their situation, but David’s behaviors worsened as he got older.

David has Pica and was not toilet trained. He is non-verbal, and could not communicate his wants or needs.

When Ray brought David to Hope, it was the toughest day of his life. He felt like he had failed as a parent- that he couldn’t provide what his son needed.

The next time Ray and Roman visited David, they realized all three of them had transformed. Roman was able to have his first ever sleepover with friends at his house. David was thriving at Hope, learning sign language and skills to make his life just a little bit easier. And Ray, well Ray had a date! He also rested easy knowing David was in the exact right place to learn and grow.

David has benefitted from the services that Hope provides, but his family has benefitted significantly as well.


Naomi’s Story of Hope

At just 5 years old, Naomi lived in a residential facility for children with acute medical issues. There, she primarily used a wheelchair to get from place to place, was in diapers and wore a helmet. At age 17, she came to Hope and began a new journey.

Within three months of living at Hope, Naomi no longer needed her wheelchair, was completely toilet trained, and no longer required a helmet. She now lives life like a typical teenager at her residential home with other girls around her age. Naomi loves singing. She enjoys group outings to the zoo, park, and the movies.

Naomi thrives at Hope and learns more every day. She is a perfect example of how Hope supports youth to reach their optimum growth, independence and joy.




Cody’s Story of Hope

Cody came to Hope in June 2015. When he joined us, he exhibited aggressive behavior and speech-language word delay. A lot of his aggressive behavior was targeted toward his mother, but his father and siblings also carried the burden. His mother could not hold a full-time job because she was never sure what each day would bring when it came to Cody. His entire family was in crisis.

Fast forward almost two years later and Cody is thriving at Hope. He lives residentially with other boys and attends classes regularly. He is involved in our vocational program, where he works at the Noll Café and as a janitor at The Hope Institute Learning Center. He also participates in many extracurricular activities, such as Boy Scouts and Special Olympics basketball. Most importantly, Cody is now able to go home on holidays and weekend visits and spend quality time with his family without incident. His mother is now able to hold a full-time job and his parents were able to take his siblings on their first ever vacation knowing that Cody was in the right place. Cody and his family are shining examples of how Hope touches the lives of not only our students, but their families. It takes a village to raise a child, and we are happy to be that village for Cody and his family.



1 in 68
Children are identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to CDC estimates (2107).

1 in 16
Children in the US have mild to serious developmental disabilities according to the CDC (2017).