Thursday, December 17, 2009

Stories of Hope: Ryan's Story

This is the season for making wonderful memories.

When Ryan was born, he was just like any other baby. But then something went wrong. His brain stopped growing.

Neurologists from across the country have been unable to determine what happened. “Ryan is waiting for medical science to catch up,” says his dad, Scott.

Ryan doesn’t speak. “He had a couple of words at age three, but ...

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Friday, December 11, 2009

The Hope Institute's Tom LeClair gains fame nationwide

The State Journal-Register published an article on The Hope Institute's Chief Development Officer, Tom LeClair, this past week.  The story has been picked up by Gatehouse Media agencies nationwide, serving as a testament to the selfless actions of Mr. LeClair.  Tom's story has been published across more than 70 news agencies throughout the nation. 

Original December State Journal Register Article

  • Brookfield Suburban Life
  • Glen Ellyn News
  • West Chicago Press
  • Daily American - West Frankfort
  • Wheaton Leader
  • LaGrange Suburban Life
  • Lemont Reporter
  • Clay County Advocate Press
  • DuQuoin Evening Call 
  • St. Charles Republican
  • Lombard Spectator
  • Westmont Prgoress
  • Berwyn Life
  • Woodridge Reporter
  • Bloomingdale Press
  • State News - Freeport, IL
  • Lincoln Courier
  • Daily Register - Harrisburg
New York
  • Observer Dispatch - Utica
  • Evening Times, LittleFalls
  • The Enterprise - Brockton
  • Taunton Daily Gazette
  • Metro West Daily News - Framingham
  • Burlington Union - Concord
  • Times-Reporter - New Philadelphia
  • Gridley Herald
  • Lake News - Osage Beach/Camdenton
  • Rolla Daily News - Rolla
  • Boonville Daily News - Boonville
  • Macon Chronicle
  • Sussex Countian - Georgetown
  • Dover Post
Other Locales
Helena Daily- Helena, AR
Siftings Herald - Arkadelphia, AR
La Junta Tribune, LaJunta, CO
Norwich Bulletin - Norwich, CT
Bastrop Daily Enterprise -  Bastrop, LA
Leesville Daily Ledger - Leesville, LA.
Cheboygan Daily Tribune - Cheboygan, MI
Crookston Times - Crookston, MN.
Echo Pilot - Greencastle, PA

Plus atleast 28 other papers not including coverage in September and October.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Hope Institute would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!

Please help us spread a message of Hope during this season of giving by sharing our video greeting.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Springfield's Own Magazine Article on The Hope Institute for Children and Families

Download or View the article as a pdf by clicking here

or view in a slideshow below (you can click on the icon to make the article full screen).

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ambassadors of Hope are inducted.

Our newest Ambassadors of Hope were inducted last evening at the Governor's mansion in Springfield.  These gentlemen "dress to impress" and are generous in their support of the children of The Hope Institute for Children and Families. Learn more about the Ambassadors in this December, 2009 coverage from WICS TV 20.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Season of Giving at The Hope Institute for Children and Families

Dear Friends of The Hope Institute,

This is the season for giving, and the children of The Hope Institute for Children and Families are no exception!

Our children – all of whom have multiple physical and developmental disabilities – have learned the importance of giving back to the community in gratitude for all they have received. It is just one of the many ways in which The Hope Institute prepares youth to achieve their full potential despite the challenges they face.

This year, our senior classes will be serving meals and clearing tables at an agency that helps the homeless. Will, Jamie and Ashley will share Holiday treats and play bingo with residents at a local nursing home, and Drew and Taylor will deliver small gifts to those staying at the local Ronald McDonald House. Jamie, Will, Ashley, Taylor and Drew are not only learning about giving, they are inspiring us all by the ways they are putting those lessons into action!

You are in inspiration to many. Will you continue the legacy of giving by supporting the Children of Hope? Your donation today – using the handy link on our Facebook fan page or our website – will help us continue to teach important lessons of daily life for some of our society’s most vulnerable youth.

More significantly, you will be helping to create a future of Hope for children, families and communities across Illinois. Thank you in advance for opening your heart to our children in this season of giving.

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