Break-ins at Barbara Olson Center of Hope

Barbara Olson Center of Hope has experienced a rash of break-ins at our facility. Over the past two weekends, January 15 and 22, individuals entered the property and stole the catalytic converters from eight buses and vans. We are working with authorities to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

“This affects our transportation capabilities. Even though the vehicles are not available, we are committed to doing whatever is needed to still provide the transportation that is required for the participants to have the services they deserve,” said Pamela Carey, executive director.

Financially, the Center of Hope will incur expenses for covering the insurance deductibles and providing additional security measures. To learn how you can help go to

About Barbara Olson Center of Hope:

Barbara Olson Center of Hope is a not-for-profit organization serving the Rock River Valley since 1948. Its mission is to help individuals with developmental disabilities reach personal goals through individualized skill development, vocational opportunities, and community service. The Center of Hope serves 125 young adults and adults. President of the Board is Stewart Magnuson. For more information go to

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