Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it—but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Our Board of Directors has set a vision not to lie at anchor but to grow and expand our mission to serve the community. Earlier this year, the Board conducted a vision quest to set a direction for Hope Homes. Three visions were discussed. The first was to continue as only a housing corporation by managing the properties and providing maintenance. The second was to sell all our properties and use the asset sales to create a “giving foundation.” The third vision was to seek opportunities to grow by expanding our mission to meet the needs of the community. For 55 years, Hope Homes has had a legacy of service to individuals with developmental disabilities and other special needs and their families in Summit, Stark, Wayne and Warren Counties. I am happy to report the Board voted to continue that legacy by choosing the growth model.
Today, we are embracing this vision, setting our course through strategic planning and engaging in new community programs and services within our expanded mission.
In the past two months, Hope Homes has set sail on this journey. We sold our Brookfield, Massachusetts property of 30+ acres, which was once a goal of the Board to build a retirement community and provide activities for individuals with disabilities on a horse farm in that area. Proceeds from the sale will be used to develop new programs and reduce debt.
In addition, our fundraising, grant writing and event planning are well under way to generate revenue for our mission. Our 55 Years of Hope annual campaign has kicked off, three grants have been submitted, and a Food Truck Round-Up fundraising event is scheduled for August 10 at Hope Center. All proceeds will be used for the ongoing repair and maintenance of our 17 properties.
We have been approved as a Medicaid service provider through the Ohio Departments of Aging, Job and Family Services, and Developmental Disabilities to provide minor home repairs and modifications. To date, we have received approximately 30 referrals to assist older adults, individuals with disabilities, and low-income families with making meaningful changes in their homes for safety, accommodation and security.
Hope Homes also has an updated website, a new sign at our Call Road headquarters, and this Rays of Hope quarterly newsletter mailed to more than 800 friends of Hope.
As Hope Home’s journey continues, we invite you to join and support us at our events and fundraising activities and follow us on social media.
United Way Day of Action & Akron Rotary Club - June 22