Hope comes to Kenai

Group focuses on helping residents

Posted: Monday, September 20, 2004

 

  Photo by Joseph Robertia John Sacaloff of Kenai and Dan Wright of Anchorage rebuild a mini-bike together during the open house of the new Hope Community Resources' office in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road on Friday afternoon. Photo by Joseph Robertia

Photo by Joseph Robertia John Sacaloff of Kenai and Dan Wright of Anchorage rebuild a mini-bike together during the open house of the new Hope Community Resources' office in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road on Friday afternoon.

Photo by Joseph Robertia

Hope Community Resources Inc., the largest and only statewide provider of services to individuals who experience disabilities, has expended to a new facility to better serve the Kenai Peninsula.

"We're here as a resource," said Hope Network Director Shauna McBride.

Hope is a nonprofit organization, which provides residential and vocational services to more than 700 individuals who experience a developmental or other disability.

McBride explained that services provided by Hope include, but are not limited to, assisted living, in-home supports, foster care, employment support, family support and independent living services.

She stated Hope also focuses on providing support that results in choice, control, family preservation and community inclusion.

"We're here to support bringing people out of institutions and into the community of their choice, allowing them to be as independent as possible," she said.

"The people with the disabilities and their families are the driving force. They tell us what they want, what they need and what they're passionate about, and we hear and listen to them. We're very open minded," McBride said.

Hope provides support services through several regional offices throughout Alaska.

"We have offices in eight regions, and we're growing as people hear about us and know we're here," she said.

The existing offices are in Anchorage, Juneau, Kodiak, Dillingham, Barrow, Wasilla and Seward.

"The new Kenai Peninsula office will provide support coverage to residents from Cooper Landing to Homer," McBride said.

She explained that the new office came to be as a result of being invited.

"We were asked to come by families and people with disabilities who wanted more choices, since there was previously only one agency in this region providing wavered services," McBride said.

Wavered services are those that are a combination of federal and state funded services.

Also, McBride said the Seward office already was providing support for six families in the Kenai-Soldotna area, prior to the new office opening.

Hope Community Resources Inc. is located at 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 27, in the Red Diamond Center, next door to Zumwalt's Music Shoppe.

For more information, call 260-9469 or check the Web at www.hopealaska.org.



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