Generous donors make strategic initiatives a reality.
As many of you know, Hope Services has spent the past twelve months working on a strategy to modernize some of its largest programs. We have a dedicated team of 11 staff and volunteers who have devoted their full efforts to make this happen.
Thanks to our generous donors, we have been able to invest close to $2 million to re-tool seven of our facilities. Our construction projects are well underway; several are already completed, and the updated facilities will now include new production studios, small classrooms, space to increase staffing, and a new fleet of cars for community programs.
Hope’s 40+ year old sheltered workshops will be phased out this year and replaced with our new Employment, Media & Community Connections (EMCC) Service. This new program will be fully compliant with Federal guidelines for Person-Centered Planning, community integration, and self-determination. All of our sites will be up and running with the new EMCC service during this calendar year.
Participants in the new EMCC service will have the opportunity to accelerate and improve their life skills through the use of technology-assisted applications, film/production and community integration. Our staff-to-client ratio for community activities will improve from 1:25 to 1:4 allowing more one-on-one time for staff to teach our participants life skills. Our participants will gain a huge advantage with their improved quality of life.
Please join me in thanking our major Donors for helping to fund these capital improvements (please refer to our annual report for complete donor list:
- Cars n’ Cowboys event (Randi and Jim Zanardi)
- Capital Club (Helen and Edward Owen)
- Lester Investment Properties (Linda Lester)
- Commercial Casework (Bill and Ruthie Palmer)
- Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Cloyd Marvin)
Our support team at the San Andreas Regional Center (SARC) played an instrumental role in helping us with program design and the acceleration of our timelines, which are four years ahead of Federal mandates. Many thanks to Javier Zaldivar and his team for all of their time and support.
Our strategic initiatives have now generated over $4 million in new annual sustainable revenue. Not only will these gains be used to improve programs, but also will be used to ensure that we retain and attract the best possible direct support staff. Effective May 1st, we announced an increase in minimum wage to $15.50, contributing to our goal to be the agency of first choice for non-profit employment. Additional wage increases will take place in August to assist staff with the high cost of living in the Bay Area.