The HOPEhouse Difference

The HOPEhouse Difference

“HOPEhouse is amazing” says LeeAnna Pallett.  “This is exactly what we were looking for for Belle, and it doesn’t exist anywhere else.  She feels like she belongs there.  It just clicks.” HOPEhouse services are not only unmatched, but critical to the transition that young adults are preparing to make when they turn 22. The Pallett family knew soon after she moved in that HOPEhouse would be the best place for Belle to practice independence and learn transition life-skills.  Because she is away from home Monday through Friday, Belle’s family is noting her progress when she returns home each weekend.  “Belle... Read More

Transition and Independence – HOPEhouse with Alex

Transition and Independence – HOPEhouse with Alex

Alex, 20, is one of eight residents at HOPEhouse, a transition program for young adults learning independent living skills.  The program is located in a supportive, home-like environment on Cotting School’s campus. Alex applied to HOPEhouse one year ago.  Her transition is concentrated above all on the vocational track.  Therefore, she is particularly focused on gaining a variety of work experiences and the endurance required for long, independent work weeks. The five-day residential HOPEhouse transition program parallels the Cotting School academic calendar. A full schedule greets Alex each Monday morning.  This includes academic courses, two different jobs, weekly laundry responsibilities, and budgeting... Read More

Move-In Day at HOPEhouse

Move-In Day at HOPEhouse

Move-in day at HOPEhouse was exciting and smooth as seven young adults arrived with their personal belongings and their individual goals in mind for the school year ahead. Here are six things you might not know about HOPEhouse: It’s all about independent living and learning in a supportive community. Each young adult is able to align their school or work experience with their Individualized Education Plan. Regular consultation from a Nutritionist and Clinicians in OT, PT, CT (Communication Therapy), and Nursing provide ongoing support for the HOPEhouse community. The HOPEhouse laundry room is always a busy place! Even though our... Read More

Instructional Brunch Adds Flavor to HOPEhouse

Instructional Brunch Adds Flavor to HOPEhouse

A new addition to HOPEhouse programming has been educational, successful, and delicious.  The addition of “Instructional Brunch” started this fall, developed by the educational staff and young adults living and learning at HOPEhouse. Each week, students boarding at HOPEhouse spend time planning for meals they eat together and individually. This year they have incorporated planning for a new community meal (brunch), which usually takes place on a Friday morning.  They plan, shop, chop, prepare and serve the brunch, sometimes inviting guests to join them.  Instructional brunch has added a great deal of community building and has provided a focus for some of... Read More