Your July/August update from the Center of Hope

This month, learn more about a decision regarding the future of Super Shredders, Hope Olympics are back, meet staff member Luann Baxter, read about a new grant from United Way of Rock River Valley, and mark your calendar for HarvestFest 2022.

Super Shredders to close

Dear friends,
After many years of providing documentation services in the Rockford area we have decided it is no longer financially feasible to continue. READ MORE

Hope Olympics are back!

It all started when the “Fun Committee” wanted to get back to having fun like we used to prior to COVID. The committee decided to bring back the summer Hope Olympics. READ MORE

Meet Luann Baxter

Luann Baxter is a direct support professional at the Center of Hope and has been on the staff over 10 years. We asked Luann to share some of her thoughts about the Center. READ MORE

Center of Hope receives United Way Grant 

Barbara Olson Center of Hope is proud to announce it has received a $22,500 grant from the United Way of Rock River Valley for post-COVID support. LEARN MORE

Thank You

Dear friends,
We couldn’t have done it without you. Your generosity during this time of need, will provide the equivalent of 30 days of training for 20 participants.
We can’t say enough how much of a difference all your support makes in the lives of our participants. Without you we couldn’t fulfill our mission to help individuals with developmental disabilities reach personal goals through individualized skill development, vocational opportunities, and community service.
And for that, we thank you.

Save the date

Sponsorships are available. For more information contact Tom Lasley, director of development, 815.972.9264 ext. 266 or email,