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Communication Specialist

Jenna Cusumano

(217)-588-7662

jcusumano@thehopeinstitute.us

When one walks into Noll Café, it can be expected that you will see dedicated staff, hard-working students, and plenty of smiles to go around. It is not hard to notice all the work put into the café’s operations, and it is especially nice to see new youth growing and succeeding. One youth, Cameron, seems…

Noll Café at The Hope Institute has great food and great service. The students from Hope that work in the café are always making sure there is an upbeat atmosphere. Michael, 15, one of those students who works at Noll Café is thriving not only in the vocational program here at Hope, but in everything…

On Saturday, June 27 the 22nd Annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon took place. The Hope Institute Learning Academy was one of 30 locations across Chicago that brought volunteers together to make the city a better place. Over 200 volunteers from Chicago Cares lined the hallways of the school ready to paint. In addition to the hallways the…

Bonding with friends is an important part of life, which is why the Circle of Friendship is a great addition to the administration area at Hope. Eagle Scout, Jivan, presented the Circle of Friendship to Hope’s Boy Scouts Wednesday, July 1. Jivan planted flowers along a walk way of stones which leads up to a circle…

It was an exciting day for Hope on Thursday, July 2. Batman and SpongeBob were sighted on the premises. Firefighters, medics and police officers were walking the streets. The superhero youth were taking campus by storm. And all of this was caused by one culprit, Hope’s Fourth of July celebration! Spectators were able to witness…

If you ever need help, Kyle is definitely the right person to ask. Kyle is always willing to lend a hand when needed and volunteers whenever possible. He can often be found holding doors open for people and having a polite and friendly presence in the community. Kyle, 18, came to Hope because his behaviors…

Art allows a way to express ourselves and who we truly are.  That is why collaborative paint day at The Hope Institute is such a popular event. Paint days are an opportunity for Hope students to interact with volunteers and create beautiful art for Hope. On Wednesday, June 10, summer girls camp participants from The…

A few weeks ago, senior students at The Hope School Learning Center in Springfield celebrated graduation. This ceremony, a rite of passage for so many teens, is no less so for our students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Mid-way through the ceremony, one young graduate stepped to the microphone to sing, and the crowd…

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