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

Dear Friends,

Thank you to all who have supported the Center of Hope programs as we continue our lengthy recovery from the financial toll caused by the COVID pandemic. We continue to rely on your generosity as we move forward.

We need your financial support to continue to provide choice and engaging programs for our participants and to hire, train, and retain staff.

For only $75, your gift will cover the cost of one day of training for an individual with developmental disabilities. In addition, every $1 donated will be matched, up to $25,000 through June 30! 

Thank you so much for what you do.

Today there’s hope.

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