We go into their home and we teach them how to cook, budget and shop. We teach them how to launder their clothes. We teach them how to take the bus, and how to get back and forth to different things in the community.
I think personally it would give me a great feeling to know that Beth had a place she could call her home long after we were gone -- and I know that is true of other parents that we know.
The neatest thing about living in my own place is cause I love it here... I can do things on my own.
My dream was always living in a house and I got that dream, and I made that dream come true.
I really like it. This is the best place I ever lived, and my Dad was so happy when we found out about this program and found this place.
Our 7th Annual Golf and Tennis Charity Classic at Rolling Hills Country Club is already scheduled for November 3rd, 2014! We are in need of quality items for our live and silent auction: trips, sports tickets, and jewelry are top sellers. Please contact Jennifer Byram if you would like to participate—or play!
In April 2013, David Whetstone moved into his new home in Cerritos, CA. David had been living at Lanterman Developmental Center in Pomona since the age of four. One of David’s support staff, Michaela Cosley, stated “David has made real connections with us here at his home. He shows excitement and really enjoys laughing with us.” She goes on to explain that David has certainly adjusted well to his new home and his new community. David enjoys shopping, watching airplanes at the Long Beach airport, getting coffee and strawberry lemonade from his favorite restaurants and having friends over for a BBQ. He is eager to help out around his home, too. Michaela reports that David is very helpful with his laundry, taking care of his bedroom, recycling, and cooking a variety of food in his kitchen.
David’s father, Bill Whetstone, lives nearby in La Mirada. “We are just so happy and grateful that David has this opportunity,” reports Bill. He also expressed that he has seen a lot of growth in David and that he is making choices about what he wants to do in his life. “Sometimes we just don’t believe that this is real—it’s just so wonderful,” says Bill. It’s apparent when you meet David that he is extremely comfortable and content—his huge smile is his testimony.
Since moving into his new home, David has also developed a special artistic talent. With help from Michaela and the other support staff, David was able to begin the craft of decoupage. He loves shopping at Michael’s Craft Store for patterned paper and then he tears it into various shapes and puts it on corkboard in a frame. David now has business cards for his craft and has already been commissioned to complete two special pieces. Michaela explains that through trial and error they were able to move David’s propensity to tear things into a meaningful and productive craft.
In July of this year, David celebrated his 50th birthday in his new home. David’s family, friends and support staff gave him a surprise party with a groovy 60s theme. It seems that David and his family have many reasons to celebrate this year—and many more years to come.
The Sixth Annual Golf and Tennis Charity Classic took place on Monday, November 4th at Rolling Hills Country Club. The Tournament Committee was chaired by Jim Artiano, Vice-President of HOPE’s Board, and volunteers, which included Board Members and community partners. The Tournament hosted 152 golfers and 20 tennis players.
KABC Sports Anchor Rob Fukuzaki served as the Tournament Master of Ceremonies, kicking off the shotgun start at 11 and completing the day with the silent auction and awards banquet. Bill Prassas won a 2013 Spark donated by Martin Chevrolet as an opportunity prize. Joe Giacomin of Martin Chevrolet won the Pebble Beach Vacation that was donated by Bob McGuire from Pathway. Over fifty volunteers participated on the day of the Tournament registering guests, bringing refreshments to golfers and tennis players, and working at the silent auction tables during the evening dinner.
The Silent Auction’s most popular item was the AEG LIVE package that included two A-Level Luxury Suite Seats for a Laker, Clipper or Kings game and dinner at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, which sold for over $1,000. Other popular items included a foursome of golf at Calabasas Country Club, bed and breakfast at the Beach House in Hermosa, and seven days in a Worldmark property in Cabo San Lucas. The anticipated net from the Tournament will be $110,000—a 10% increase over last year.
HOPE has grown a lot over the 19 years of its existence, and our fund development efforts have evolved along with it.
HOPE now has 20 homes rented directly to 60 individuals allowing them to experience what it means to live independently in their own homes. HOPE now owns over 40 homes leased to care providers in four Regional Center areas with the capacity for 140 individuals who once lived in a developmental center and now live in the community. We also now have two College to Career homes just off-campus of Long Beach City College where 14 students have a real college experience leading to future careers.
We have achieved these accomplishments by relying heavily on grants and one annual event. We continue todo well with our grant development program, which supports both remodeling our homes and our operating expenses. Four years ago we shifted our major annual event from a gala dinner to a golf and tennis tournament. This event has grown each year, and we’ve begun to add other smaller events. This year our golf and tennis tournament again netted over $100,000.
We’ve recently initiated a planned giving program and the HOPE legacy Society. For the future, we’re planning a Capital Campaign to enable us to purchase more homes to rent. In order to support this Capital Campaign, we’re developing both an annual campaign and a major gifts campaign. Updates on all of these important programs will be forthcoming.
We appreciate your generous support of HOPE over the years, and we will soon have many new options for you to continue your support. Providing safe, affordable homes for individuals with a developmental disability is our mission—and we can’t do it without you.
HOPE is thrilled to announce that we will be embarking on a 5 year Capital Campaign starting in 2014 to raise over 2.6 million dollars to purchase more properties for our Affordable Rental Housing Program. HOPE will be seeking out funds from cities, foundations and donors to purchase three properties. These purchases will result in allowing 15 people with developmental disabilities to move into an affordable property and pay no more than 30% of their income for rent.
The purchase and renovation will take place in three phases over the duration of the 5 years, as funds are raised. For every two dollars raised HOPE will add on dollar from its existing reserves. If you are interested in supporting this very important effort please contact a member of the HOPE staff or Board to find out how you can help make the dream of independent living a reality for more people with developmental disabilities.