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The mission of House of Possibilities (HOPe) is to make a difference in the lives of children, adults, and families living with developmental challenges by providing high quality programs and much needed relief and hope.
HOPe operates out of a 11,000 sq. ft. home-like facility located on the campus of Stonehill College in Easton, MA. It runs a variety of programs for children and adults, including day programs, social programs, and overnight respite.
HOPe provides participants with opportunities to engage in the greater community, build life skills, develop friendships, and create lasting joyous memories, all while providing their caretakers with a much-needed break so they can tend to their health, marriage, and the well-being of the entire family. Our core belief is that a nurturing environment paired with skilled and dedicated staff can inspire in children and adults an appreciation of their abilities and a determination to exceed the expectations of their disabilities.
How It All Began
HOPe was envisioned as a result of the work previously done by the Volunteer Information Agency, Inc. (VIA). While this organization is no longer in existence, it originated in Milton, MA and provided emergency financial support for over 35 years to families of children with disabilities. The support available through VIA was typically a one-time opportunity to address a particular challenge.
In 2003, HOPe embarked on a journey to establish and build a facility that would provide sustained relief from the intensive demands of caregiving for significantly challenged children, teens, and young adults. Founder Paula Kavolius, a former board member of VIA, recognized a critical shortage of quality respite at an “in-house” program for families when she sought respite care for her own child with disabilities. She knew first-hand that caring for children with disabilities is a round-the-clock, physically and emotionally exhausting responsibility, and that crisis-driven support, although significant, is only a temporary patch for families facing lifelong care.
In 2007, HOPe gained the support of Stonehill College through a 50-year land lease for two acres of land on their Easton, MA campus, and in 2009 opened the doors of the first and only multi-use facility on a college campus in the United States.
Today, HOPe offers parents the opportunity to take a break from the stresses of caregiving for a child with disabilities by enrolling their loved one in a variety of quality programs. Whether they are getting out into the community through our weekend Adventure Club, learning independence and life skills in our Cooking Class, socializing in our Snack & Chat program, participating in our Adult Day Habilitation program, or simply sharing the joy of a sleepover with friends in our Overnight Respite program, the work HOPe does is redefining what support looks like for children and adults living with developmental disabilities and the families that care for them.