Our Residents Are Empowered and Achieving Independence

Making a decision to move into one of our homes can feel intimidating. But it doesn’t have to. Read how our residents are thriving living at Homes Giving Hope.

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Meet Our Resident Assistant

Meet Our Resident Assistant

"My name is April and I am the resident advisor at Homes Giving Hope.  I attended Ferris State University where I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and Psychology.  I work full-time as a psychometrist at Pine Rest where I administer psychological...

Our Story

Our Story

The Dream In the fall of 2019, Kay Wood was invited to visit a former student who was living at Benjamin's Hope in Holland.  To her surprise, not only did she visit Lisa, but also encountered another former student and had the heartwarming privilege of sitting in...

Blog from Meghan

Blog from Meghan

Meghan's Blog Series An Inside Peek at our Women's Home Have you ever wondered how we rise to the challenge of meeting all the likes/dislikes and dietary restrictions for our women's home? Every week at Homes Giving Hope the RA and the residents help come up with a...

Mother/daughter – changes in their relationships

Mother/daughter – changes in their relationships

"One great thing about having Anna live at Homes Giving Hope is the way it has changed our relationship." ~ Jan For Jan, Anna's mother, she can enjoy Anna’s fun-loving personality even more now that it is unhindered by the parental authority role.  She can be Anna’s...

Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Until this year I didn’t know there was such a thing as “Christmas in July”. When I heard about it I thought “that’s a little strange” but I loved it too because who doesn’t love Christmas? So me and my roommates at “Homes Giving Hope” decided to celebrate Christmas...

Welcome Bella!

Welcome Bella!

Bella came to us as a graduate of Byron Center High School.  She received her High School diploma and had been working full-time in childcare across town.  Upon her move to Homes Giving Hope, she has decided to seek new employment in the Rockford area in either senior...

How Our Relationship has Changed (mother/daughter)

How Our Relationship has Changed (mother/daughter)

"Kiersten and I are the queens of selfies, so we have plenty of shots together (she’s the only one left that enjoys doing this with me, HAHAHAHA)." ~Jen "I love time with my mom but like that I am independent and get to do things now with friends. I no longer have to...

I’m glad I did it!

I’m glad I did it!

Last night, on August 23, Homes Giving Hope had a meeting at the Plainfield Township to get approval to build more houses on our lot. It was both nerve wracking and exciting listening and waiting in anticipation of what the trustees would say about the ministry....

Straight from the Heart of a Parent

Straight from the Heart of a Parent

"Little did we know in October of 2020 when we started this journey of Kiersten gaining her independence what a blessing it would be not only for her but for our entire family."  ~ Jen, Kiersten's mom FROM NO HOPE TO A LIFE OF HOPE: When Kiersten was in middle school,...

Homes Giving Hope:  What, Who and How

Homes Giving Hope: What, Who and How

WHAT WE DO Homes Giving Hope provides housing options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who cannot live on their own without light support. We exist to provide options for those still living at home with their aging parents, those...

Giving Someone the Gift of Hope

Giving Someone the Gift of Hope

Thank you for the opportunity you have given me to live at Homes Giving Hope. It was a great first experience to live independently.  I have grown so much (and so have my parents!)  One thing I have learned is how to  manage and take care of a pet.  I love Ryder...

Welcome to Homes Giving Hope

Welcome to Homes Giving Hope

We want to give a shout out and a warm welcome to our newest member of Homes Giving Hope, Anna.   Anna comes to us after living at home with her family well into her adults years.  Anna sees moving to Homes Giving Hope as a way to "grow and mature."  She wants to...

The Journey of Living With Roommates

The Journey of Living With Roommates

For almost a year I have been learning what it is like to live with roommates. You get to know them and become good friends with them (or you don’t) and then sometimes they leave and someone new comes along.  When you move into a new place and you know you're gonna...

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