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Every person who has chosen to come to Hope House Foundation for support arrives with dreams of freedom and fully realizing their role as an adult and a citizen. And most of them pursued this dream of living in their own place thanks to the partnership of caring family and friendsâ€”people who enveloped them in hope and love during their younger years. This annual report is in honor and recognition of those who have played such a vital role in the lives of those we support. Family members, friends and advocates who dreamt of freedom and inclusion for those they loved. We all want the best for others, and those who care about the people we support are no different. So while the transition from one loving home to another can be difficult and sometimes scary, the peace of mind of seeing your loved one safe and happy is the ultimate reward.
Read on for three examples of love, hope and devotion, and their profound effects.
For more than 50 years, Hope House Foundation has supported adults with developmental disabilities live successfully in their own homesâ€”and we were the first Virginia organization to do so exclusively. Our support allows individuals to live a life of choice and control rather than circumstance, and to live within the larger community to the highest degree possible.
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or someone who has a hard time talking to people, Daniel Hecht sure has a lot to say. It wasnâ€™t always that way. Now 26, Daniel was a loving child who also offered challenges, according to his parents, Muriel and Gary. While Daniel was as active as a typical two-year-old, he showed little interest in games or playing with other children. Even trips to the park or the ocean did little to engage him. Finally, at about 24 months, Daniel was diagnosed with autism. Though it was a relief to finally have a diagnosis, Muriel and Gary still spent a couple years searching for the best options and possible treatments. Itâ€™s simply what loving and dedicated parents do when
they want the best for their child. And of course, they never stopped believing in Daniel. Then, when Daniel was almost 4, the Hechts’ luck—and the course of all their lives—changed in unimaginable ways. They hired Libby Wyatt, a talented special education teacher, to be Daniel’s in-school and at-home support.
The cozy apartment is quiet except for the sound of a visitor typing on a keyboard. Under the intense gaze of the apartment’s resident, a question appears on the screen. Almost before the visitor can take his hands from the keyboard, Daniel begins a one-fingered attack, boldly typing out an answer that is succinct and direct: “I like my apartment. I love my Hope House staff. I like doing things I want to and not be told what to do like a little boy.” At Daniel’s elbow, literally, is Libby. More than two decades after first meeting him, she continues to be part of his team. At the moment, she is gently resting her palm under the energetic gyrations of Daniel’s typing arm. “I have learned that I can be by myself and be okay. I am happy to talk about my great apartment.”
Muriel Hecht credits Libby with helping Daniel start to write, and thus to communicate, when he was 6. Daniel experienced a turning point when Libby helped him understand the mantra “Make good choices, good things happen. Make bad choices, good things don’t happen.” A life lesson, for sure. At school, Libby attended most of Daniel’s classes, providing communication support between Daniel and his teachers. Over the years, the two developed a rapport
based on trust and understanding. The connection between Libby and Daniel is strong and unmistakable, and each has gained from their history together. Back in the cozy apartment with bold blue walls, the visitor types and asks Daniel how often he sees Libby: “Once a week, but I see her all the time in my head.”
As they approached 65, and with their son aging into adulthood, the Hechts searched for options and more freedom for their child who was becoming a man. But privately, the Hechts feared that Daniel would never adapt to living away from home, nor be able to function with the limited support they discovered most services provide. Skeptical of ever finding a suitable option, they agreed to meet with Hope House Foundation. In fact, Muriel and Gary were initially impressed when Hope House staff didn’t simply say “no, we can’t handle Daniel,” right from the start. Libby was involved in the discussions, and Daniel’s subsequent transition to Hope House support. “From the beginning, both sides made the commitment to figure out how to make this work,” she says. Three Hope House staff who would be working directly with Daniel came to the family’s home multiple times to meet with him, Libby and the Hechts. It took almost 18 months to build trust and for Daniel to feel comfortable with the idea of living in his own apartment. But over time, Libby convinced him that his life would be filled with choices—Daniel loves choices—such as selecting the color of his walls, buying his own food, playing his music whenever he wants, and more. Daniel moved into his own apartment in 2017. Within just a few weeks, he wrote: “I am a happy happy man. Please tell my mom that I am fine. I love it here. I am happy to go to sleep here and happy to wake up here every day for my life. I have new friends here. I am going to be fine.”
Since the transition, Libby has seen Daniel’s individuality and true personality emerge, and says “It’s amazing to see those levels of awareness blossom. I see him sitting in his apartment with the look of ‘I’m home,’ and he’s just more at peace.” Though she spends less time with Daniel now, she is still part of his team. Thanks to Hope House staff, Libby knows Daniel is safe, supported and content. Seeing where he is now, she says “I see this as something that could work for the rest of his life.”
Gary adds, “We don’t have to worry about him day-to-day, or when we’re gone. We know Hope House will be there for him as long as he wants to stay there. He’s made a huge transition from being a little boy to being a man. He’s the happiest he’s ever been.”
For the Hechts, watching Daniel transition from their home to someone else’s care was gut wrenching. But it was necessary given his needs, and it has proven successful beyond their imagination. Muriel says, “The quality of Hope House staff is amazing! We are unbelievably relieved, and no longer feel responsible for making sure he’s happy all the time. He feels like an adult there, not mommy’s little boy, and he only has to listen to himself!”
As the visitor shakes Daniel’s hand and types a note of thanks for answering all the questions, Daniel insists on having the last word:
For the Hechts, the transition also has enabled them to travel again. They feel less stress and are unbelievably relieved, and Muriel says they even have a more relaxed relationship with their son. “I miss seeing him every day, but that’s more than made up for by the fact that I know he’s happy and safe.”
“I want to say thank you for picking me to talk to. That makes me feel good to think you want to hear what I think. I have a lot to tell people. I like to tell people that I am not just autistic but I am Daniel and that is a good thing. I am smart and happy man.”
This year’s annual report
shares a unique perspective of our organization through the lens of family members and those they love. It’s often a viewpoint that is misunderstood or not experienced first hand. It is a viewpoint mixed together from shared history, childhood memories, and most of all love, constant and unconditional love that exists between people. It is a love filled and complicated by challenge, worry, joy, aspiration and transition. And while these family members and advocates lovingly taught people with disabilities as much about life as they could, I think from these stories you will see that the people we support in turn taught those who cared for them what life is all about. The transition to adulthood is something we can all relate to, and for most of us it is interwoven with those closest to us. If we were fortunate, we were surrounded by the love of family who wanted nothing more than for us to be safe and happy in our endeavors, just as it is for families who have children with disabilities.
To be as independent as possible, to have the freedom of choice and the dignity to learn from mistakes, is all part of becoming an adult. Needing support along the way is, too. The stories you read here are just a small portion of the hundreds of stories people with disabilities and their friends and family have to tell. We can learn a lot from them, but the most significant knowledge may be that we are not that different when it comes to growing up and taking our place as adults. Having people in your life who believe in your strengths, have faith in your dreams and are there for you, no matter what, is the greatest gift of all. When you have this gift, it’s easy to take it for granted. So let’s take this opportunity to celebrate the strength and resilience of families we see every day, families where no one is left behind or forgotten.
Lynne Seagle Executive Director
rew Monroe describes his brother, Jesse, as smart, thoughtful, an allaround great guy and the most positive person he knows—but who also has his fair share of challenges. This is the Monroe way, honest and understated. Jesse, you see, needed someone available 24/7 to support him.
For a year, Jesse lived with Drew. There was some help from paid caregivers, but that was often undependable. As a result, much of the responsibility of caring for Jesse fell to Drew, but he was happy to do it. So, in classic Monroe form, it was Jesse—not Drew—who suggested that they find an alternative living situation. Partly because Jesse wanted his own freedom, but also because he didn’t want to be a burden to his brother. While caring for Jesse, Drew was already owner of a fifty-person company with plenty of meetings and people counting on him. He was also raising two daughters and managing their school schedules, homework and activities. But Jesse a burden? Never, according to Drew. But Jesse insisted, so they talked to Hope House and found freedom for both of the brothers.
Today, Jesse lives in his own apartment. He has privacy, he has technology to relieve some of the dependence on staff, and he has the joy of watching his family continue to live their lives fully. A
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“This was the gift that Hope House gave Jesse,” Drew says. “The ability to live on his own, as independently as he can, and not feel like a burden to anyone.” It has enabled Jesse to pursue his own personal growth with excitement rather than encumbrance. Drew and Jesse immediately felt drawn to Hope House when, during the initial interview, they were asked about Jesse’s goals and passions, not his medications or limitations. Drew says “We knew they cared about maximizing the quality of Jesse’s life. We knew it was the perfect place.” Drew says Jesse’s transition to his own apartment was easy, though separating was difficult. Still, he knows that he and Jesse now both have the freedom to pursue their lives. And, he believes the two are even closer today since there is never a question of obligation or burden. “Thanks to Hope House, it has allowed us to connect in a new way.”
17 t the age of 11 and with a range of physical disabilities, Lavon Taylor had a lot to learn. That’s when she met Elaine McCloud who, fortunately, had a lot to teach and plenty of love to give. For the next 10 years, during which time Elaine took guardianship of Lavon, teaching and loving is what she did. It continues today as Lavon lives in her own apartment with the support of Hope House Foundation. At the beginning, Elaine worked with Lavon only as her sign language interpreter in school. Even though Lavon sometimes struggled in what she could do, Elaine saw that she was also quite smart because of how quickly she picked up signing. The teaching continued with basic living skills such as washing her face, brushing her teeth and other essential tools.
In time, Lavon’s living situation became unstable. Elaine feared that her young pupil might be sent to an institution so she took Lavon into her own home. For the first year, Elaine took care of her by herself. This period was difficult but Lavon gradually began to feel better about her new surroundings. A
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As time went by, it became harder for Elaine to physically care for Lavon. Then in 2013, a car accident jolted Elaine to the realization that if she were gone, there would be no one to care for Lavon. She imagined dirty, unsafe environments with minimal care. So when a trusted case manager suggested Hope House Foundation, she reached out to the organization. It took two and a half years to find an apartment, but Lavon moved into her own place in 2016. The transition was tough emotionally. “When someone you’ve cared for has to move on, of course you’re going to worry,” Elaine says. And while she misses having Lavon around, she adds, “I realize she is in the best situation and it benefits both of us. Lavon really enjoys her apartment. I have more free time.”
H O P E H O U S E F O U N DAT I O N AU D I T E D F I N A N C I A L S TAT E M E N T S JUNE 30, 2018
Cash and Cash Equivalents (19.8%)
Short-Term Investments (44.0%)
Pledges Receivable, net (0.0%)
Grants Receivable (0.5%)
Other Current Assets (15.7%)
Property, Plant and Equipment, net (3.1%)
Interest in Net Assets of the HRCF, net (16.7%) $1,022,419
Liabilities, Current (16.7%)
Net Assets (83.3%)
Total Liabilities & Net Assets (100.0%)
Total Assets (100.0%)
Liabilities, Long-Term (0.0%)
Other Assets (0.2%)
Based on the audited Statement of Activities Report, 93.5% of our funding is derived from contract revenue, which are primarily Medicaid Waivers. Our administrative costs are 11% and fundraising costs are 3% of our total operating costs. 86% of agency costs are used to provide support to client services.
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