Hannah and Maisee are beautiful, eight-year-old twins. Like lots of other children their age, they like to get messy in art class and are very curious about the world around them. But Hannah and Maisee live with autism. And they’ve never developed the ability to speak. Four years ago, their grandfather, Roger, took them in. He had to quit his job in order to care for them. “At first, I didn’t know much about autism,” Roger admits. “I just knew that they needed me.” . . . → Read More: Hannah and Maisee’s Story of Hope
February is Black History Month and The Hope Institute’s Primary 2 class assembled a beautiful tribute to great African-American inventors, artists and cultural icons. Located just inside the HILC’s main entrance, this huge display showcases both well-known and obscure stories of overcoming technological, physical, mental and racial challenges. . . . → Read More: HILC – Black History Month Wall
This year, all of our participants were ready to strut their stuff on the runway to the tunes spun by Cory Blissett. Each model used his or her own unique style to showcase their modelling ability and all of them were rewarded with huge smiles and cheers.
. . . → Read More: Style of Hope 2014 Auditions
Last year, The Hope Institute purchased over 8 TONS of food from The Central Illinois Foodbank, saving us thousands of dollars in food costs. We are one of over 150 agencies served by Central Illinois Foodbank. On February 13th, students from Hope teamed up with players from the Springfield Jr. Blues to unload, sort, and repackage food and personal care items to be distributed to other agencies.
. . . → Read More: Students team up with Jr. Blues to volunteer at Central Illinois Foodbank
View Valentine’s greetings featuring brief stories from the parents of Hope! . . . → Read More: Happy Valentine’s Day from Hope!
Everything we do at The Hope Institute is intended to protect the safety and wellbeing of the children we serve. Like the rest of the nation. we’ve been challenged by this winter’s extreme weather. Unlike other schools, which can simply close because of the snow or cold, Hope’s main campus in Springfield must provide round-the-clock care for children living there. We’re proud of Hope’s dedicated employees who make extra efforts to come to work even when the weather keeps most people home. . . . → Read More: Hope never closes!
Share a Valentine message for Hope’s children! . . . → Read More: Share your Valentine messages for Hope’s children
Check out the photos from the Holiday activities at Hope! . . . → Read More: Holidays Are A Great Time At Hope!
You can see the love and promise in a child’s smile. Loni and Jim have seen it in James’ smile from the first day they met him. In fact, it was his smile that started them on a five year mission – a mission to ensure their son’s hopeful future.
“James had hold of us from day one,” his mother, Loni, says. “We couldn’t imagine life without him.” James came to his adoptive parents at the age of two. He had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, so they knew their son would have special needs as he grew. . . . → Read More: James’ Story of Hope