Hope Haven is excited to introduce their newest tutor, Whitney Hawkins. Whitney comes to Hope Haven with over 12 years of extensive experience working with student’s of varying exceptionalities within Special Education for Pre-K through 8th Grade. This vast experience includes, but is not limited to, direct teaching in Mild-Moderate/Mod-Severe self-contained classrooms, CSS, EBD, VI, … Continue reading Hope Haven Welcomes a New Tutor, Whitney Hawkins!
Meet Marie, An Administrative Assistant who has been with hope Haven for more than 10 years! Chances are, you and your family have had several encounters with Marie, but take a look at some fun facts you may not have known about her! Tell us about what you do here! “I schedule the families who … Continue reading Employee Spotlight | Meet Marie
Meet, Amber Churchsapp, our BASICS After School Program Lead! Q: Tell us about what you do here at Hope Haven! I provide instruction, support and supervision for the BASICS program for youth and young adults with special needs and disabilities. I plan daily schedules for staff and students that offer a wide range of activities, but not … Continue reading Employee Spotlight | Amber
Meet Chante: “Being a valuable and contributing part of society is a dignity everyone deserves.” In spring of 2016, Chante graduated from Hope Haven’s Project SEARCH; a highly successful job skills and internship program for young adults with special needs. Empowered by her new sense of self-sufficiency she asked to volunteer in Hope Haven’s FAAST … Continue reading
Meet Nala: Most people probably don’t know that children with Down syndrome are 20 to 30 times more likely to develop leukemia than kids without Down syndrome. Nala’s mom, Erna, had only been to Hope Haven for Nala’s speech therapy, but when Nala was diagnosed with leukemia Terri, Hope Haven’s Director of Education came to … Continue reading Nala’s Blossoms. A Hope Haven Story
I was Department Head for Speech, Language and Hearing services, during which time I worked as a Speech/Language Pathologist both on-site and throughout the community providing speech and language services for children and families who manifested a wide spectrum of conditions and disabilities. This, many times, involved working within an interdisciplinary team such as performing … Continue reading Meet the Hope Haven Team | Tim
Hope Haven, one of Northeast Florida’s leading nonprofit providers of specialized services for children and their families, announced today that its Board of Directors has selected Stella E. Johnson as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Johnson currently serves as the Executive Director of the Family Nurturing Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the … Continue reading Hope Haven Names New Chief Executive Officer
Our friends at MangoSoul Productions sat down with some of our young adults with Down syndrome talk to us about happiness… How would you define happiness? Watch the video below:
It was In the late 1990s when Ryan’s mother saw an article in a women’s magazine about how the original Project Search started in a hospital in the Midwest. “I immediately though Ryan could do that. I tore the article out and saved it in a file. I don’t believe in coincidences,” according to Ryan’s … Continue reading Stories of Hope | Ryan G.
In honor of Father’s Day this week, we thought we would share the inspirational story of a Hope Haven Father and his family. Meet Dawaun. Dawaun and his wife discovered Hope Haven seven years ago after learning that their newborn son, Liam, had been diagnosed with Down syndrome. “For the last seven years, Hope Haven … Continue reading A Hope Haven Father’s Day Story