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Hope Services’ Mission is to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.

As the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in Silicon Valley for over 63 years, Hope serves more than 3,500 people and their families in six counties and provides essential programs for all ages, infants through seniors.


Your gift of any size makes a difference. The success of Hope and our community delivers dividends for everyone’s future. We even accept stock donations: to transfer appreciated stock or securities, please print and complete the STOCK TRANSFER FORM, or click on the link above to find out more.


Hope participants make amazing additions to your workforce. Don’t have a staffing need, but have an assembly project? Hope can do it! Both solutions deliver high quality, competitive pricing, and provide real social impact, while helping to combat the 87% unemployment rate for individuals with developmental disabilities in CA.


Hope welcomes your participation! We have big plans in the coming year and we rely upon corporate sponsors and volunteers. Does your company want to adopt Hope? Support a project?

Hope is proud to celebrate the 2014 & 2015 Larry Schott Humanitarian Award Winners!

The Schott Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the characteristics of Larry Schott—his humanitarian heart and his dedication to volunteer service in the community.

Congratulations to Paolo Naval, the 2015 award winner, for his service in the community and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities.

Melissa Morton is the 2014 recipient—she is a woman of vision, who looks for ways to contribute to her community, better herself, and inspire those around her.  Read more about Melissa in the Summer Hope in Action newsletter.

Images: Paolo & Melissa receive their awards from Hope’s CEO, Ray Smith.

2015 Larry Schott Award winer Paolo Naval
Melissa Morton receives her award from Hope CEO, Ray Smitth.

Hope Clinicians Present Cutting Edge Treatment Methods at NADD Conference in November 2015

Staff members from the Hope Counseling Center attended and presented at the three-day NADD, National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (MH and DD) Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA, November 18- 20, 2015.

The conference, organized around the theme of integrating treatment and services for people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness, hosted nearly 400 people from the United States and Canada. Hope Services staff presented at one of the thirty workshops on a submitted for publication study on the treatment of autism and co-occurring mental health disorders. Twenty Hope staff attended, largely supported by Hope’s continuing education funding, as well as volunteer opportunities.

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Hope Services Leads the Way in Research to Better Understand Autism

A follow-up to the 2012 report on autism:

This September, Hope’s Mental Health Center presented its updated report to the 10th Congress of the European Society on Mental Health in Intellectual Disability in Firenze, Italy.

The presentation was well-received, and Hope will move forward with new opportunities to collaborate and publicize our findings. Hope’s Mental Health Center looks forward to working with the moderator of our presentation in Firenze, Elspeth Bradley, Ph.D., MD, who was formerly at King’s College, London, and is now at the University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry. Together, we will create an improved version of our mental health assessment tool for individuals with autism.


In 2012 Hope’s Mental Health Services completed an innovative report on autism, led by Susan Detrick, Ph.D., which focused on effective ways to identify, assess, and treat psychiatric illnesses that impact individuals who also have autism. Clients who were involved in the project have been stabilized or have experienced improvements in their integration in social settings. You can read the original report here.

Autism Article

Hope at Work:
Our business partners are our best advocates

Listen to testimonials from companies including Modwalls, J. Lohr Vineyards and Iron Mountain.