Caregiver leadership means taking bold steps to improve the quality of care in unmet need areas that are unaddressed currently within Massachusetts’ caregiving support infrastructure. Since opening its doors in 2009, The House of Possibilities (“HOPe) has been setting innovative standards for providing care to children and adults living with intellectual disabilities, and respite services for their families.

We are the first in-house respite facility on a college campus; namely, Stonehill College, in the United States. Our unique partnership with Stonehill provides outstanding experiential learning each year, for approximately 200 Stonehill College students studying in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and education that volunteer, intern or work at HOPe. We provide unparalleled premium services to children with developmental challenges in the form of community outings, social engagement and functional skill development, combined with much needed weekend and overnight respite to their families that provides them with critically needed time-off from their round-the-clock caregiving responsibilities.

Since 2009, HOPe has provided services to more than 1,000 children and their families. HOPe’s highly qualified staff include professionals with an average of 5 years of experience working with children having special needs, in public schools, residential settings, and clinical settings. We understand deeply the needs of these children and how to support and facilitate their participation in activities and engagement in the community. Our ability to retain qualified staff is exceptional with a demonstrated retention rate of 93.3% in 2014 for our children’s programs.

HOPe meets the needs of the whole family unit by providing parents of children with special needs with time to rest, relax and recharge from the constant demands of caring for a child with developmental challenges, along with the comfort of knowing their children are being exceptionally cared for in a home-like structured environment. We are changing the paradigm of what support looks like for families.

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“Respite is often the most frequently requested and needed family support service. Respite is first and foremost a preventive strategy that strengthens families, protects family health and well being, and allows individuals to remain in their own home. Respite has been shown to prevent or delay more costly out-of-home placements, reduce the risk of abuse or neglect, and to help keep all family members safe and stable.”— Arch National Respite Network