Hope Services’ mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities, as measured by eight indicators:
- personal development
- interpersonal relations
- social inclusion
- emotional well-being,
- physical well-being, and
- material well-being
- We will lead with initiatives that help develop society’s acceptance of people with disabilities.
- We will promote a common understanding that the world is a better place when people with disabilities are fully integrated and accepted in all aspects of our culture and community.
Who We Are
Hope Services is the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in Silicon Valley. The term developmental disability refers to a severe and chronic disability that is attributable to a mental or physical impairment that begins before adulthood, such as intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and Down syndrome. We serve more than 3,900 people and their families in six counties and provide a broad spectrum of services for infants through seniors such as children’s services, day programs, staffing, mental health services, community living services, and senior services.
Hope also operates a number of businesses to raise funds and to provide employment for people with developmental disabilities, including a Recycle/Reuse business for clothing, household goods, and e-waste donations; Auto donations; HopeTHRIFT stores; and Employment (staffing solutions for businesses).
More than 60 years ago, a group of concerned parents who had children with special needs came together to change the way young people with developmental disabilities were treated. These courageous parents believed that their kids who had autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other related conditions deserved the same opportunities as everyone else.
Among their earliest achievements was opening one of the first preschools for these children. In 1952, 12 children with developmental disabilities walked through the door of a one-room schoolhouse in San Jose and entered a new world – a world where they could receive an education and make friends.
The founding families of what later grew to be Hope Services left a lasting legacy that reflects a simple philosophy that has guided the mission of Hope: to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Hope Services receives partial funding for its services from the State, through regional centers. The Lanterman Act created 21 regional centers throughout California to ensure that people with disabilities get the services and supports they need to live like people without disabilities. The regional centers receive funding from the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS), and in turn identify and fund services providers, such as Hope, to deliver the services.
Hope relies on grants and donations, as well as some revenue from its businesses, to help close the funding gap. For more information on how to support Hope and help close the gap, visit Support Us.