Hope Center, Inc.

Hope Center is a 58-year-old 501(c)3 community-based non-profit dedicated to the early childhood education of developmentally disabled, at-risk and gifted pre-schoolers, and to providing vocational training to adults with special needs.

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Early Childhood Education

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children birth to age 3
Females
Males
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

HOPE Center presently offers a full-service program for preschool children and their families and has for over 50 years. We primarily serve two and a half to five year olds from low-income families. Being in existence since 1962 we started with serving special needs children, and then expanded to serving at-risk and gifted children. We currently have a Level 4 rating through the Colorado Shines.

We have served over 50,000 families within the inner city of Denver and currently serve over 164 extended families. By establishing a partnership with each family in which their beliefs, aspirations and concerns about literacy development for themselves and their children are explored. We demonstrate respect for the language and culture of each family and build upon this foundation in all family literacy activities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

HOPE Center is an inner-city community nonprofit and has demonstrated the types of inequalities that exist for underserved children at-risk as compared to more affluent children; our program would be an excellent model for other agencies to replicate in urban cities of equal or larger in size. Finally, because the leadership of our agency is very involved with community governments we have the opportunity to promote any necessary changes within our programs.

HOPE Center historically and presently continues to have a strong presence within the Denver inner city community. We provide a unique setting for Early Childhood Education and serve a wide range of children and families. Most importantly, we continue to provide a variety of important services to many different populations in our community and especially providing top quality Early Childhood Education to many underserved minority children within the inner-city. Our Board of Directors strongly demonstrates and support initiatives regarding our community involvement. Finally, HOPE Center has proven to be good stewards of previous foundation grants and provides needed, quality programs to their community.

Vocational Program

Class

Employment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Disabled
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

HOPE Center's Vocational program particularly serves individuals diagnosed with mental retardation and with secondary disabilities, which limit social, vocational, communication and transportation abilities. This program is located at 3475 Holly Street, in the heart of Denver's inner city neighborhoods. We provide services with an overall goal of helping adults with developmental disabilities ages 16 and older to achieve economic self-sufficiency--that is, ways to improve their situation through economic means and maximize their independence. We provide special vocational training, supervision, social interaction, health/nutrition programs, community activities, life skills training and non-integrated activity.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our reputation as a good provider of service can be evidenced through our track record and long-term customers -- In fact, some of our clients have been with us through our Early Childhood Education programs and continue to make use of our services as adults. HOPE Center has a dedicated long-term professionally educated staff and centrally located facility to provide these much needed services to otherwise underserved families in our community.

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