Hope’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.Hope leads with initiatives that help develop society’s acceptance of people with disabilities and promotes a common understanding that the world is a better place when people with disabilities are fully integrated and accepted in all aspects of our culture.
Hope Services in Gilroy aids in improving quality of life in the following eight domains: Personal development through education, personal skills, adaptive behavior;
Self-determination through good choices/decision, goals Interpersonal relations:
Social networks, through friendships, activities, interactions; Social inclusion
through community integration and participation, roles, supports; Rights through
human respect, dignity, equality, legal, access, due process; Emotional well-being through safety & security, positive experiences, contentment, stress; Physical well-being through health and nutrition status, recreation, leisure; Material well-being through financial status, employment status, housing status, possessions. Among specific programs in Gilroy are a Homestart program for toddlers, support for seniors, donations program to fund activities, and employment, media and community connections to help adults train for, find, and hold jobs.
Needs this semester:
- The Center is open M-F 8:15-2:15 and all services occur during that period. Some activities occur off-site. All clients work on a 1:4 ratio with staff.
- Literacy--Gavilan students can help with all workplace skills involving literacy; tutoring and teaching specific reading, writing, and comprehension skills.
- Video--clients can use help making, editing, and producing videos in our state of the art facility.
- Adaptive PE/kinesiology--Gavilan students can teach or lead movement, fitness, and sports on a scheduled basis.
- Enrichment/de-stress skills--students can teach ceramics, music, and other arts. Business students can help HOPE establish an Etsy-like presence to sell client work, and publicize this presence in the community.
- School or community gardens--HOPE students can establish and maintain gardens for organizations or schools in our community, with help from Gavilan students.
Who should apply:
The ideal college student likes working with adults who have developmental disabilities, and is comfortable with a variety of people. Students should commit to one or more regular weekly shifts , and arrive on time on same day each week. Bilingual students are encouraged to apply. This agency requires, and reimburses for, Livescan background test—positive LiveScans are evaluated on a case by case basis. TB test not required. Employees at this non-profit are very busy providing valuable services. Please respect their time by making appointments, coming on time, keeping your business brief, and calling ahead if you have an emergency that prevents you from coming on time.
Who should not apply:
No drug/alcohol use. Students with criminal backgrounds involving violence, abuse, or sexual crimes should find other placements.
Orientation Weds. September 7 at 3 4 p.m. with Mark Smith, at address below. If you wish to work at HOPE, please plan to attend this session! It is not optional.
8855 Murray Avenue, Gilroy, 95020
Mark Smith, manager, 408 846 6919 firstname.lastname@example.org