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.
HOPE (Home Ownership For Personal Empowerment, Inc.), is thrilled to present our premiere Casino Speedway Night fundraising event on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 5:30-10:00 p.m. at Pelican Parts Race Car Showroom, 1600 240th St., in Harbor City, 90710. The evening will feature hosted casino games where you can test your skills (and luck) for amazing prizes, along with a buffet and beer & wine bar, live music and a silent auction. Individual admission price is $100, with three sponsorship opportunities also available as described on the Invitation Flyer.
For secure, online registration and sponsorship purchase, please click here.
If you'd rather mail in your registration, print out the Invitation Flyer and mail in your completed ticket form with payment to the address on the ticket form.
If you'd like to volunteer, either to help set up, or during the event please click here.
These Open House events not only commemorate project completions, but, more importantly, they acknowledge the beginning of a new life chapter for each resident who moves into one of these homes. Having a home is a personal victory for them; a challenge overcome, a stepping stone from which each of them can now begin to envision the next goal that might include employment, broader social relationships, and a real sense of integration into their community.
On Wednesday, April 22nd, HOPE (Home Ownership for Personal Empowerment) gathered with City of Norwalk Housing officials, commercial lenders, representatives from Harbor Regional Center and friends to celebrate the renovation completion of their third low and moderate income rental home in Norwalk. This property on Maidstone Avenue, like the two before it, is reserved specifically for people who have a developmental disability.
A large portion of the acquisition funds for the home were provided by the City of Norwalk. Said Kristin Maithonis, Norwalk Housing Manager, “These are funds that come from HUD and we work with non-profit housing developers to put the funds to work in the community. We love working with HOPE. They always finish their projects on time and within budget.”
The rest of the home’s purchase was made possible by generous HOPE donors. The renovations for the home were provided by a grant from the Ahmanson Foundation.
Over 30 guests watched on Wednesday as Norwalk Housing Manager Maithonis, HOPE volunteer and former board member Phil Appleby and HOPE Executive Director Kristin Martin cut the ribbon, signaling final sign off on the job. Mr. Martin thanked the team at HOPE for their dedication and expressed particular thanks to the City of Norwalk. “Without you,“ he said, “this project, this new home, would not have been possible. Our thanks to you and our good friends at the Harbor Regional Center for so embracing our mission.”
Thanks to the continued loyalty and support of all our donors, HOPE has been able to increase the number of available units of stable, affordable housing for persons with developmental disabilities throughout Southern California. Persons with developmental disabilities living in our properties have a safe, secure place to live. HOPE appreciates and acknowledges the individuals, corporations and foundations that have made a difference in the lives of persons with developmental disabilities in 2013-14 listed on our donor appreciation page.
Your End-of-Year gift can go even further until December 21st because of a matching gift from our donor software provider (which caused technical difficulties during our Giving Tuesday campaign)! So please consider making your year-end-gift to HOPE before the 21st to take advantage of this opportunity. Please see a special request from our Board President below.
When somebody’s good at what they do, people don’t notice the labor process and thought that goes into the work, just the final product. One would never know that every aspect of our newest Norwalk house was meticulously rethought and reworked to meet the needs and comforts of a developmentally disabled tenant in a wheelchair.
Dustin Dilworth is a contractor that works frequently with HOPE. Dustin has become an expert in combining beautiful home features with the unique functions necessary for tenants in wheelchairs.
“We’re trying to make homes that are accessible, but make it feel like it’s not a hospital. This isn’t a typical care facility, this is somebody’s home,” Dustin said. “Even with the landscaping; we try to make it functional and usable so that it’s at the height that somebody with a wheelchair can use it. They can plant their little garden and have it accessible, but to anyone that walks in here, it just looks like a regular planter. It doesn’t really come across as something built for that purpose. And that’s the whole name of the game here.”
Dustin has taken a special liking to working with HOPE. “It’s really fun. They (HOPE) do a lot of creative design with their homes, I like that. Kristin and Denise are fun to work with,” Dustin said.
Dustin knows a job with HOPE means he gets to let his creative side loose to solve some problems.
“A lot of other jobs are cut and dry,” Dustin said. “You’re stuck inside this box; with HOPE, you have to think outside the box. How do you do a roll-in shower and make it look residential, and make it look like it’s in somebody’s home and not in a hospital? How do you do a vanity and make it a roll-up, while having it be soft and pleasing, and not like it’s a hospital?”
HOPE and Dustin look forward to their next adventure in home remodeling. Because HOPE is always looking for the best new ways to serve its disabled clients, the team will head into the next project with a new approach.
“We’re going to be tackling the next project. It’s actually in the city of Norwalk again,” Dustin said. “That house will have even more of an emphasis on being accessible for people in wheelchairs. In fact, with that property, what we’re starting to do is bring people in in wheelchairs and ask them: ok, what is it you want? How would you like to get to this bedroom? How is it that you would like to get to your bathroom? We want to get their perspective and their point of view before the project even starts.”
Dustin and HOPE have been a natural fit.
“It’s fun thinking outside the box. Trying to find that balance of not having it look commercial, while making it wheelchair accessible is really unique,” Dustin said. “It’s been enjoyable.”