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    With a vision to be an industry example of inspired productivity that proves the intrinsic value and unlocked potential of every individual through a purposefully free and empowered culture.

    Coming together to mentor and develop our peoples strengths and inspire inclusive futures - within and beyond NHC...


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    We are bonded by common values, with a passion to build an enduring and exemplary organization that supports and recognizes the best in all people.

    Across our programs and services, you'll see the spirit of NHC in our people and their commitment. You'll see people putting other's interests ahead of their own.

    Our People

    Our people are not only caring, talented, and have a variety of skills, but they also enthusiastically embrace collaboration and teamwork - coming together with a diversity of educational and professional backgrounds - all bound by a shared passion for coaching, problem solving and a drive to have significant impact in meeting the needs of the disabled in our community!

    Who we are

    We are trusted coaches, teachers, and professional leaders dedicated to inspiring freedom and independence in the lives of people with disabilities. Since 1965 NHC has built the strongest, most experienced core of long-term supports in the greater Calumet County area.

    We are a multi-faceted disability services organization working together to assure the best outcomes for each clients' situation or most complex needs.

    Leadership

    Leadership at NHC focuses on helping others lead - both staff and clients - and exceed their own expectations.

    Individuals at NHC pursue this objective in many ways: by helping others address their toughest challenges, developing our knowledge, cultivating out-of-the-box thought processes, and being entrepreneurs. NHC aspires to help our clients and staff, realize their full potential, recognizing the uniqueness in each individual's gifts as well as in their disabilities.

  • Our Work

    Each day we’re given the opportunity to make the most of our life’s moments with a client, co-worker, and each other. These moments could make a difference in someone’s life. We have the opportunity to treat every interaction as if it’s the most important part of the day. High expectations? Maybe in some circles; yet, our culture at New Hope Center has produced a history of respect and access for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 50 years.

    New Hope’s mission, pledge, vision and values are more than merely words on paper. They are the core of what we believe, how we act, live, and engage everyone around us. They have guided us in our progress in promoting and protecting the rights of our clientele while creating opportunities for them to be productive, valued members of our community.

    Today, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are our neighbors, classmates, coworkers, fellow volunteers and our friends. It’s our mission, privilege and passion to provide programs and services to meet the needs of more than 150 disabled clients each year.


    Reach and Impact

    Our focus is on delivering the very best portfolio of programs and services to inspire freedom and independence for our clients.

    Our residential program options are tailored to fit the needs of each person who calls them home - from those who require 24/7 care and assistance to individuals who are more independent. And our non-residential programs - including day enrichment services, vocational, employment and transportation services - offer unmatched and countless opportunities for individual growth, increased freedom and independence.


    Inspiring Work

    At New Hope Center, we believe that everyone is capable of reaching amazing goals and thriving in the community. Our services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities focus on personal choice while recognizing the specialized, and often complex, needs of the individuals we serve. We understand that the process of selecting services and making informed choices to meet a person's individual unique goals can be difficult. That's why we offer individualized planning with optimal solutions for all of the adults we serve through our programs.


    Inspired Living

    NHC has been a torchbearer in the deinstitutionalization movement since it was brought to the forefront in the early 1960's. We help people to build rich, meaningful lives in the community through our personalized services that emphasize community integration and choice. We help individuals and families assess their needs and coordinate services.

    As advocates on behalf of the individuals we serve, as well as their families, NHC staff works to ensure that clients voices are heard in selecting community supports and services.

  • Our History

    Grass Roots Beginning

    New Hope Center sprang from the efforts of thirteen families who, in January of 1953, began an Association to advocate for their children with disabilities. One parent in attendance at their very first meeting was quoted as saying “We must speak for these children who cannot speak for themselves.” The Superintendent of the Chilton Public Schools pledged his support of the group and predicted that “this small group would soon become a powerful force.” Shortly thereafter, Special Education Classes were offered to area children with disabilities for the first time.

    New Hope Was Born

    The Association worked hard to promote and support the school program. Their efforts were well received by area communities, and their membership began to grow. Over time, the Association began to realize that there had to be another program to assist individuals who were not in school. At their meeting on October 18, 1965 the Association passed a motion to create a program to be known as “New Hope.” A Board of Directors was established and space was obtained in the basement of an area nursing home. New Hope began providing educational and recreational services for ten individuals.

    The Early Years

    As enrollment increased, a larger facility was needed, and in 1970 the Board of Directors began a fund drive to construct a building. It was estimated that over ninety percent of area residents contributed to the campaign, and on October 20, 1971 the first Board meeting was held in the new facility. The increased space allowed New Hope to serve 50 individuals. Also during 1971, the organization officially became known as New Hope Center, Inc. In 1975 an addition doubled the size of the new facility. This allowed New Hope Center to offer a wider variety of services to an increasing number of individuals.

    Merger

    A significant expansion occurred in 2008 when Roads to Freedom, Inc merged into and became part of New Hope Center, Inc. Founded by many of the same people who started NHC, Roads to Freedom’s non-profit mission focused on providing homes for individuals with disabilities. Resulting from the merger, NHC acquired three additional residential facilities. Combining the two agencies affords individuals an opportunity to receive a full array of integrated and coordinated services from one agency. As an added benefit, the merger has diminished duplication of administrative overhead resulting in cost reductions to taxpayers.

    New Hope Center, Inc. Today

    Since its creation, NHC continues to change based on the needs of those served. On the first day of operation, New Hope owned a table and chairs and served ten individuals. Today, several buildings, a fleet of vehicles, a team of dedicated staff, and volunteers allow NHC to serve approximately 150 individuals each year. Services have expanded to include a variety of vocational opportunities, residential services, personal care, adult day services, and specialized transportation. NHC’s success can be attributed to strong support from area individuals, service organizations, businesses and County government. With the continuation of that support, NHC is well prepared to meet the challenges of the future.

  • Our Mission

    "It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

    ~ Robert Francis Kennedy


    MISSION

    The MISSION of New Hope Center is to...
    Inspire freedom and independence in the lives of people with disabilities.

    New Hope’s PLEDGE is to...
    Support, Enrich, and Empower those we serve.
    Treating each relationship with respect,
    putting their needs and interests first.

  • Everything Else...

    Operating Income

    New Hope Center receives its annual operating income from the following:

    • Calumet and Manitowoc County Human Services
    • State of Wis. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    • Sub-Contract Sales
    • Contributions
    • Private Health Insurance Billings
    • Medical Assistance
    • Private and Public Grants
    • New Hope Endowment Trust

    Policies & Procedures

    • Affirmative Action Plan 2011
    • Limited English Proficiency Plan
    • NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC (Procedures for Tracking and Investigating Civil Rights Complaints)

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    • New Hope Board of Directors
    • New Hope Endowment Trust

    Other Resources

    Find information about disabilities and related services for children and adults with disabilities. Includes online links to local, county, and state resources, aging and disability resource centers, care management organizations, and self directed service information.

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       For Your Convenience

    Martha Leppanen -
    Director of Services
    Email: mleppanen@newhopeinc.org


    New Hope Center, Inc.
    443 Manhattan Street

    PO Box 189

    Chilton, WI 53014


    Telephone: 920.849.9351
    Fax: 920.849.7792

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