December 2018
Looking Forward, Looking Back
Dear Friends, 

The holidays are a time of joy and celebration. They are also a time to reflect on the past year and to look forward to the coming year. 2018 has been a year of significant change for the House of Possibilities. With the retirement of our founder Paula Kavolius in August, HOPe began a new phase in the life of the organization. Much of our focus has been on securing the gains that HOPe achieved over the past decade and laying the groundwork for long-term sustainability and expanded services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. The work we have been doing behind the scenes has been designed to diversify our funding sources; improve our communications; modernize our technology; improve our program evaluation systems; and develop a strategic plan and roadmap to guide our future. I am pleased to report that we are making great strides on all these fronts. One of the more visible components of this work has been our increased communication with our families through parent meetings, our monthly Happenings at the House newsletter, regular outreach regarding our Children’s Programs, and increased contact between our program staff and families.   

As we look forward to 2019, we will continue to strengthen HOPe’s programs and operations with an eye toward sustainability, program growth, and increased impact. In doing this work, we depend on the combined talents and teamwork of our staff, volunteers, and program partners, all working together to enable our clients to enjoy their day, develop new skills and self-esteem, and achieve their full potential. 

Of course, we also depend on charitable support. I hope you received our Annual Appeal in the past few days and that you took the opportunity to read it. ( You can also view it on our website.) The appeal aims to give you a window into life at HOPe – the quality of our programs and the extraordinary work our direct care staff are doing every day to enrich lives. For HOPe staff, working here is not just a job. It’s about love and service. 

With only 45% of our costs covered by government funding, we must raise the balance of our funds from individual donors, foundation and corporate grants, and sponsorships. That is where you come in! You provide the fuel and the sustenance for all of this work to happen. 

Every dollar you give to HOPe represents a direct investment in an individual who is living with a disability. Your dollar achieves an enormous return on investment by producing small and large miracles every day with the children and adults we serve. 

Please give as generously as you can. Thank you for your friendship and support. 

Happy Holidays,

Kim Comart
Interim Executive Director
A Jolly Good Time
It was wonderful to see so many families and supporters attend our Holiday Open House! Our friends enjoyed celebrating together with cookies and hot cocoa, and a trip to the North Pole using to our newly donated green screen. But perhaps the best part was watching our star performers belt out their favorite holiday hits on the Karaoke machine. Thanks to all who attended and made this event possible!
Giving Thanks for #GivingTuesday
Thank you to all for your help and support through our   #GivingTuesday campaign! Our Makerspace and Art Room received over $3,400 in supplies from our Amazon Wish List -- so many possibilities for our children and adults. If you missed #GivingTuesday, our Wish List will remain open through the new year.

We look forward to sharing with you some of our projects soon!
An Awesome Performance
We're so grateful to Michelle Fidler for giving her time and talent to help raise awareness about HOPe through her video submission to Project for Awesome. And we're proud of our friends at HOPe who did such a nice job giving the audience a tour and describing what HOPe means to them. While voting for Project for Awesome is over, we encourage you to take a few minutes to watch our video.
Celebrating 10 Years of HOPe
This spring, we're celebrating 10 years since opening the doors of our facility on Stonehill College's campus. Our annual gala will be a celebration of this very special occasion, to be held on June 13, 2019 at The Revere Hotel in Boston. If you are interested in helping with the Gala or being a sponsor of the event, contact Kirsten Fink.
2018 Annual Appeal
Families have access to very little, if no funding, to attend our Children’s Programs. As such, House of Possibilities relies on the generosity of our community to keep fees low so that families in need can obtain support without a heavy financial burden. Additionally, many of our adults receive subsidies for our DayHab services, but this does not nearly cover the full cost of running our Adult Programs. Your support in our Annual Appeal immediately impacts our families by allowing us to continue to provide quality programing, and expand our services to reach more families in need.

Please consider a contribution to House of Possibilities and help us in our mission to provide a brighter tomorrow for children and adults living with a disability, and the families that care for them.