Hopeful Futures eNewsletter
June 2011
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Eddie's Story of Hope 

Eddie used to struggle in the classroom and his family felt excluded from his education at his previous school. He has a type of autism that brings with it unique social and academic challenges. He needed personalized attention that his school could not provide.


"Before we found Hope, we had infrequent, short and meaningless meetings with Eddie's teachers," says Laura, Eddie's mom. "He was falling through the cracks and no one noticed."


But at The Hope Institute Learning Academy (HILA) in Chicago, teachers and staff are paying attention. They meet regularly with Laura, monitoring Eddie's progress together and developing ways to enhance his learning.


Occupational therapy is a critical means of supporting his academic work and general independence. Therapists are helping Eddie strengthen his fine and visual motor skills. He's learning to write legibly using a pencil gripper and specially designed paper. And he's learned to tie his shoes using a visual tool - step-by-step pictures. These efforts not only support his academic work, but also foster his sense of independence.


What used to be rare for Eddie now occurs daily - success.



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Your support ensures that children like Eddie, who struggle with autism and other developmental disabilities, will find promising and hopeful futures through the individualized education and care that only Hope provides.


Thank you for making hopeful futures possible for Hope's children.


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Hope celebrates graduation

On Friday, May 27th, Hope honored fifteen students at their graduation from the Hope School Learning Center. 


Join us in celebrating the notable achievements of these remarkable young men and women by visiting our site to view news coverage and photos, and sign our virtual graduation card.

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Neighborhood Connections 5k 

On Friday, June 17th, the First Church of the Nazarene, located across the parking lot from the Noll Medical Pavilion will hold its 4th Annual Neighborhood Connection, donating its proceeds to The Hope Institute.  


Students from Hope will be participating in Neighborhood Connection events and we encourage you, your family and friends to sign up and attend all the fun activities that will benefit Hope's children.


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Help Hope get a new Toyota 

The Hope Institute is proud to announce we've been selected as a finalist in Toyota's 100 Cars for Good program.


Now we need your support!


On July 2nd, Hope will face off against four other nonprofit organizations. The organization receiving the most votes will earn the vehicle of their choice from Toyota. The other four organizations will each receive a $1,000 grant from Toyota.


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8th Annual Rochester Fun Run & Walk

The 8th Annual Rochester 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, July 2nd at the Sparks in the Park Celebration at Rochester Park.


For the 5th consecutive year, organizers of the event will donate the proceeds to The Hope Institute. Please join Hope's community in enjoying this family fun event.

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