WHO WE ARE

The Barbara Olson Center of Hope has a mission to help individuals with developmental disabilities reach personal goals through individualized skill development, vocational opportunities and community service.

The Rockford Parents Group started the School of Hope in 1948 to provide education for children who were not considered able to learn. In 1972, the federal government passed a law guaranteeing every child the right to a free, appropriate education in public schools. At this time, the School of Hope changed its direction from schooling for children to vocational opportunities and employment for teens and adults with developmental disabilities, renaming it the Barbara Olson Center of Hope in honor of Mrs. Olson’s outstanding commitment to the organization.

Who do we serve? We serve anyone who has a developmental disability, in need of active treatment, and who is appropriate for our programs as determined through Services, Inc. and our referral system.

We work with the school districts and provide services through our School Transition program.

The Center of Hope provides developmental training, which includes Community Employment Services and Volunteer Opportunities. We do not provide residential services.

We serve individuals with behavior issues and/or medical problems. We have a fully staffed nursing department, and our direct care staff are fully trained in First Aid, CPR and behavior management.

Our Mission

THANK YOU!

Thank you so much for your generous gifts! We raised a total of $60,175 in our #Giving Tuesday/Wish List campaign, which means Barbara Olson Center of Hope will be able to provide the programs and services that help our participants with developmental disabilities live the life they deserve.

So, where do we go from here?

Our #GivingTuesday/Wish List campaign is over but we’re getting right back to work. We hope you’ll take a moment to learn more about how we are helping individuals with developmental disabilities reach personal goals through individualized skill development, vocational opportunities, and community service.

Share our website with your friends and family on social media to help amplify our work. The more supporters we bring into our community the more people we can help.

 We can’t do it without generous advocates like you!

Thank you!

Barbara Olson Center of Hope

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