WE BELIEVE IN CHANGE

Our Mission: Help individuals with developmental disabilities reach personal goals through individualized skill development, vocational opportunities and community service.

Our Vision: Assist people with developmental disabilities to live as participating members of the community, providing choices for training, employment, education and friendship in a setting where everyone shows respect and appreciation.

Our Values: The Barbara Olson Center of Hope will: Provide a respectful, cheerful environment; Create equal and valued opportunities for participants and employees; Communicate effectively to promote teamwork; and Maintain safety for everyone.

OUR HISTORY

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.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Pamela Carey, Executive Director
Susan Greer, Director of Finance
Tom Lasley, Director of Development
Kelley Peterson, Director of Participant Services

OFFICERS

Stewart Magnuson, President
Magnuson, Inc.

Joseph Licari, Vice President
Retired from Alpine Bank

Jerry Boxleitner, Treasurer
RNB Enterprises

Lynn DeLacey, Secretary
Retired from Rockford Public School District 205

Tim Rogowski, Past President
SAVANT Capital Management

DIRECTORS

Dr. Kendall Boone
Rockford Vascular Surgery

Darrell Hines
Center of Hope Participant

Dan Rezin
Retired

Bea Ricotta
Community Volunteer

Steve Slowinske
Parent of Participant

LaVonda Timm
Parent of Participant

Cole Winsett
Amazon.com, Inc.

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