Beauty and the Beast, Jr.


“A tale as old as time…”, The Hope Institute’s second-annual musical, “Beauty and the Beast, Jr”, hit the stage April 3-4. After months of practice, our student-actors and their shadow coaches played to hundreds of fellow students, friends and families.
Enjoy these pictures of our students accomplishments! . . . → Read More: Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

Springfield Christian School Visits Hope

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40 students and 10 adults from Springfield Christian School got a behind-the-scenes look at Hope when they visited Noll, Capital Area Career Center, and the Hope Institute Learning Center. Part of their visit included special service projects at HILC such as preparing speech materials, planting flowers with Intermediate IV, and making dog treats with Pre-Vocational. Their tour included visiting with the classes at CACC and meeting with our new therapy dog, Cooper.
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Style of Hope 2014 Recap


Over 600 people turned out for Springfield’s 9th Annual Style of Hope fashion show event to benefit the children of The Hope Institute. With gourmet hors d’oeuvres and chocolates from Pease’s Candy, a champagne toast, and a high energy and highly choreographed spectacular fashion show, the night was electric! . . . → Read More: Style of Hope 2014 Recap

Hannah and Maisee’s Story of Hope


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

HILC – Black History Month Wall

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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

Style of Hope 2014 Auditions

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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

Students team up with Jr. Blues to volunteer at Central Illinois Foodbank


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.
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Happy Valentine’s Day from Hope!

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View Valentine’s greetings featuring brief stories from the parents of Hope! . . . → Read More: Happy Valentine’s Day from Hope!

Hope never closes!

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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!

Hope Parents Say it Best


We like to share good news regarding the ways in which your support is helping to build brighter futures for the students at The Hope Institute. We hope you are inspired by reading the stories of the children of Hope. Yet, we’ve found that there are times when our words fail in comparison to the comments of our parents. Even though they may be separated by miles, they remain the family members closest to the children we serve, and the ones best able to assess the benefits provided by The Hope Institute. This month, we are pleased to share with you heartfelt comments from our parents. . . . → Read More: Hope Parents Say it Best