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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?

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A Simple Way You Can Help Raise Awareness About Hope this Giving Tuesday

What it’s about: December 1 is Giving Tuesday, a philanthropic alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday on which people are encouraged to give to their favorite nonprofits. This year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and #GivingTuesday are sponsoring a social media campaign and essay contest that asks people from around the world to share their stories of giving time and money to charity. The winners of the contest are awarded recognition for their accomplishments and for their chosen charities.

Hope Services’ Board Chairman Bill Palmer has contributed his inspirational story of giving back to Hope: first by launching our Half Moon Bay program, by starting a philanthropy program at his business that gives his employees opportunities to support Hope and other charities, and then by eventually becoming Chair of Hope’s Board of Directors.

What to do: By November 24, click here to vote. Thank you for your support!

Hope Board Member Bill Palmer

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 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 Services partners with Guadalupe River Park Conservancy to make Rotary PlayGarden cleanest and safest park in South Bay

Hope Services and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy have teamed up to maintain the Rotary PlayGarden in San Jose, designed and built for children and young adults with special needs.  Hope Services’ participants will be cleaning the park Monday through Friday. The goal is for the PlayGarden to be the cleanest and safest park in the south bay. The PlayGarden opened on May 23rd, and thousands of people have been enjoying the park on a daily basis.  For more information see the PDF, or visit the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy website.

Roatary PlayGarden Scene
Hope clients at RAFT

Hope Services Teams Up With RAFT

Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT), the San Jose-based nonprofit organization committed to hands-on learning, has long focused on supporting teaching the way all students learn best. In doing so, RAFT has attracted the attention of non-profit organizations with similar goals. Hope Services has teamed up with RAFT to give back to their community and support learners who have special needs, in the way they learn best, and using a hands-on approach.

Hope Services’ participants volunteer at RAFT on a weekly basis – assembling hands-on learning kits, helping in the retail space, and learning real-life lessons about workplace environments.

“I like working at RAFT because of the challenging jobs and the team effort that goes into everything we do,” says Karen Treat, a Hope Services’ member and RAFT volunteer for three years.  Learn more.

Hope at Work:
Our business partners are our best advocates

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