The Campaign for Hope Haven
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For almost a century, Hope Haven has been making lives better for the young people of Northeast Florida, and their families. Today, we reach out to more than 5,000 families a year, working to improve the lives of children with special needs and to support their families. Hope Haven provides excellence in psychological, educational and related therapeutic services. For the vast majority of our families, we are the only treatment resource available.
- Between 2005 and 2006, requests for services at Hope Haven increased 30 percent.
- Parents are more attuned to the developmental and learning challenges children experience, and more assertive in seeking help.
- The incidence of some conditions, such as autism, is increasing. More children are being diagnosed with multiple disabilities.
- Traditional institutions are less able to meet the needs of these children and their families, and there are fewer options for affordable care.
- Families are facing increasingly difficult challenges.
- More complex diagnoses, decreasing health insurance benefits, and siblings with special needs require a team of professionals able to serve and support the whole family.
- Hope Haven offers a unique “one-stop shop” for families needing multiple services and reasonable fees.
- Changing issues create new opportunities for innovative programs, such as participation in Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program with an “included” classroom and addressing growing health and wellness issues such as obesity and diabetes.
- Many of Hope Haven’s programs are delivered in “portable” classrooms – temporary structures designed for short-term use.
- After 25 years of use, these facilities are in disrepair and lack the physical underpinnings to make repairs either cost-effective or wise.
Meeting the Challenge
To address these challenges, Hope Haven is engaging in a $5 million capital campaign to build a 15,594 square foot addition behind its current facility on Beach Boulevard. The new building will connect to the existing building by a covered walkway. For interested donors, naming opportunities are available.
This facility will feature health and learning in action:
- A 50’ x 50’ half-court gymnasium
- Two speech therapy rooms
- An occupational and physical therapy evaluation center treatment room and sensory integration lab
- Two after -school enrichment classrooms
- A health education center
- Two specialized preschool classrooms
- An autism evaluation center
- A children’s technology lab
- A reading lab
- A math lab
- An assistive technology lending library
- A teaching kitchen and nutrition center.
This facility will enable Hope Haven to:
- Serve up to 100 additional children each day
- Eliminate current waiting lists
- Double the number of first and second graders served in summer academic programs
- Increase state- of- the- art capacity for speech, language, occupational, and physical therapies
- Develop a pre-kindergarten program that embraces children without disabilities
- Improve fitness opportunities for children with developmental delays
- Grow the after-school and camp programs for children with special needs
- Establish cutting edge computer learning labs to move children to grade level and beyond in math and reading
- Double the number of middle- school students participating in summer academic booster programs.
- Create special space for autism diagnosis and treatment.