Hope Vocational Students Cleanup at Southwind Park


A group of Hope vocational students are helping to make a Springfield park even more beautiful. On Monday, July 14, students collected litter at Southwind Park and helped empty trash. Students routinely volunteer at the park for various beautification projects, including picking up trash and pulling weeds. The trips to the park allow students to donate their time to a park that has ties to children with special needs.
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Italian chef and designer Jaime Laurita will prepare gourmet meals for the 20th Annual Celebrity Chef fundraiser, benefiting students of The Hope Institute on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Erin’s Pavilion in Southwind Park. Chef Laurita is the quintessential celebrity chef who has cooked for many of the world’s top touring entertainers, such as Sting, The Rolling Stones, Madonna and Aerosmith. The Chicago-area resident has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Food Network, as well as Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey”. . . . → Read More: CHEF AND DESIGNER JAIME LAURITA HEATS UP CELEBRITY CHEF FOR 20TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER IN SPRINGFIELD

Kieran’s Story of Hope


Amazing things happen when Kieran kicks a soccer ball. The 18-year-old sports standout is one of two Hope students who won a gold medal June 14 in the soccer skills competition at the Special Olympics State Tournament in Bloomington, IL. The skills exercises included dribbling, shooting, and kicking while running. . . . → Read More: Kieran’s Story of Hope

10th annual Rochester 5K Fun Run and Walk


Thanks to everyone who participated in the 10th annual Rochester 5K Fun Run and Walk fundraiser. The event was held July 5 to benefit The Hope Institute for Children and Families. According to event organizer Mark Chiapetto, this year’s event was the largest turnout in history as more than 150 participants ran or walked the 3.1-mile course at Rochester Community Park. A group of Hope students attended the race and cheered on the finishers. . . . → Read More: 10th annual Rochester 5K Fun Run and Walk

Independence Day Parade 2014


Hope students and staff members proudly displayed their patriotism July 3 during the annual “Independence Day” parade at The Learning Center. Each classroom transformed donated red wagons into floats dedicated to this year’s theme of “Autism Awareness, Piece by Piece We Come Together.” . . . → Read More: Independence Day Parade 2014

The Gables’ annual “Market Days” festival

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Hope students showcased their artistic talents and culinary skills last week at The Gables’ annual “Market Days” festival in Springfield. Students attending the outdoor festival over the span of two days had the opportunity to greet and interact with the public in a welcoming environment, and also raised awareness about autism and other developmental disabilities. . . . → Read More: The Gables’ annual “Market Days” festival

Wells Fargo… Helping Hope’s kids grow

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The Hope campus is now even more beautiful thanks to a group of volunteers from Wells Fargo. Eight employees visited the Hope campus June 13 to plant flowers just west of the Administration Building. The Wells Fargo employees were assisted by about 12 students. “We love coming here,” said Wells Fargo employee Amy Killam, whose uncle has a disability. “The first thing out of our mouths each year is, ‘What can we do at Hope?’” . . . → Read More: Wells Fargo… Helping Hope’s kids grow

Donovan’s Story of Hope


When Donovan first arrived at Hope in kindergarten, he faced severe emotional outbursts and struggles making friends. Five years later, he celebrated with his classmates May 28 on his transition from Hope to his home school.
“To see him, from then to now, is amazing,” said his therapist Ashley Sibert. “We found the spot in the world where he fits.” . . . → Read More: Donovan’s Story of Hope

Hope Graduation 2014


Hope celebrated the graduation of 23 students May 23 at the Activity Room of the Learning Center in Springfield. It is one of the largest classes Hope has seen in recent years. The event featured a photo slideshow, student solo song performance and moving speeches by Hope President and CEO Karen Foley, incoming Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Joshua Renken and Division Supervisor of the Illinois State Board of Education Robert Kroll. . . . → Read More: Hope Graduation 2014

Hope Prom 2014


The Hope Institute for Children and Families celebrated prom May 9 and it began with 73 of our students—accompanied by staff and loved ones—dressed in tuxedos and formal gowns as they took part in the grand march from the breezeway to the Hope main entrance. . . . → Read More: Hope Prom 2014