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Our History


Our Mission

“Help individuals with developmental disabilities reach personal goals through individualized skill development, vocational opportunities and community service.”


  • Founded by Barbara Olson in 1948, we are a non-profit organization which serves people with developmental disabilities.
  • We serve residents of Rockford, Rockton, Roscoe and other communities in Winnebago, Boone and Ogle counties of Northern Illinois.
  • We serve approximately 196 participants with 70 staff members.
  • 92% of participants were successful in meeting their goals.
  • 4.4 out of 5 was the satisfaction rating of parents and guardians with the Center's services.
  • 118 participants increased productivity and earnings at a Center of Hope business.
  • 99% of the participants surveyed rated the services they receive as excellent.