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Inspiring Freedom & Independence in the lives of people with disabilities 

  • NHC Administration

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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 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.

    Board of Directors

    Our Board of Directors help ensure that our vision for the future aligns with our mission and we continue to develop our people’s strengths and inspire inclusive futures - within and beyond NHC... Their dedication to our organization is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in becoming a part of our Board of Directors please contact

  • 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. The Superintendent of the Chilton Public Schools pledged his support 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.

    As enrollment increased, a larger facility was needed, and in 1970 the Board of Directors began a fund drive to construct a building. The increased space allowed New Hope to serve 50 individuals. In 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.


    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.

    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, 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.

  • 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
    • Managed Care Organizations
    • New Hope Endowment Trust

    NHC Boards

    • New Hope Board of Directors
    • New Hope Endowment Trust

    Policies & Procedures

    Title VI of the Civil Rights Act: The New Hope Center, Inc operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, religion, income status or limited English proficiency (LEP) in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and related nondiscrimination authorities. For more information on the New Hope Center, Inc’s civil rights program, ADA obligations, and the procedures to file a complaint, contact Shannon Adams email, 920-849-9351 ext 145. For hearing impaired, please use Wisconsin Relay 711 service

    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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    Telephone:  920.849.9351
    ext. 163
    Fax: 920.849.7792

    New Hope Center, Inc.
    443 Manhattan Street
    PO Box 189
    Chilton, WI 53014

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