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Our History Begins Here

Homes of Hope (HoH) is a grassroots organization that has been serving McLean County for over two decades.  HoH was established in the early 90s by a group of loving parents who were concerned about the future of their children, once they were no longer able to care for them. Gathering while their sons and daughters were in activities at church, they determined the need for an agency to provide a more spiritually focused lifestyle and to treat employees as the immensely important resource that they are. An early proposal was to use only private funding as a model in Canada did (L’Arche). The reality soon became apparent that both sources of funding were necessary to achieve HoHs goals. The “founding mothers” persevered and, with much community support, the dream of securing their children’s future became a reality. In 1995, Homes of Hope opened their first home, a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA), giving four people the chance to have independence, a home to call their own, community inclusion options and much more. Today, HoH has 23 residents and six homes within McLean County.

HoH aims to maintain a safe and independent living environment for each of our residents. This includes 24-hour care provided by our compassionate, well-trained staff. We promote guided decision-making, self-advocacy, and community involvement. We encourage and assist individuals in achieving their goals, dreams, and spiritual choices. We strive to tailor our services to meet the unique abilities, strengths, skills, goals, desires and needs of each person we serve. HoH is a nurturing environment that acknowledges the distinctive worth of each individual while being sensitive to differing viewpoints.

The Mission and Values of Homes of Hope (HoH)

Our Mission

To serve and support adults with intellectual disabilities in a manner inspired by God’s call. 

Our Vision

Is to advocate for those who reside in our homes; providing a lifetime of meaningful opportunities to achieve their dreams in an atmosphere of compassion, dignity and self-determination.

Our Values

Are to ensure peace of mind for families and loved ones by creating safe and happy homes for those we serve.

Advocating For those We Serve

The vision of Homes of Hope is to advocate for those who reside in our homes; providing a lifetime of meaningful opportunities
to achieve their dreams in an atmosphere of compassion, dignity and self-determination. 

The values of Home of Hope will ensure peace of mind for families and loved ones by creating safe and happy homes for those we serve.

A Tribute to the Founding Mother's & Father's

Since Then...

Home’s of Hope exists because of the brave men and women mentioned below (in alphabetic order.) We are forever grateful for their courage, wisdom, tenacity, passion and love. What a great accomplishment and legacy they have left not only for their loved ones but for the loved ones of others.

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” –Christian D. Larson 

Mary Armitage & Chuck Armitage, Teresa Harpenau & James Harpenau (1926 -1991), Mollie Morehead (1941-2018) & Ronn Morehead (1939-2021), Eleanor Newmister (1921-2013) & Norlan Newmister (1921-2013), Carolyn Penn & Chuck Penn (1936-2020), Sharon Pfister (1938-2014) & Jerry Pfister, Mary Wright & Bill Wright (1933-2012) 

Their dream has grown from only one home to six and we now provide 23 adults the opportunity to assume responsibility for day-to-day living. 

We serve each individual with compassion and love, allowing them to grow in dignity and independence.

Because of the Founding Mothers, Homes of Hope has been able to provide 9,521 days of service for our residents from December 1995-2021.
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