Barbara Olson Center of Hope is proud to announce it has received a grant from Kiwanis Charities of Rockford to purchase art therapy, program, and technology supplies, which will be used for engaging our participants with developmental disabilities and offering alternative ways for them to enhance the quality of their lives in a safe environment.

2020 has definitely been a challenging year for many, including Barbara Olson Center of Hope. Because of the COVID pandemic, we’ve had to reinvent ourselves, developing new programs to serve our participants, while fulfilling State of Illinois requirements. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve worked hard to provide choices and opportunities that meet the needs of our participants.

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 almost 100 young adults and adults. Executive Director is Pamela Carey and President of the Board is Tim Rogowski. For more information go to

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