Project Hope, Inc. began as an undergraduate research project wherein Springfield College students identified an unmet need in the 53206 zip code and planned and implemented a summer enrichment program for children that provided tutoring and free hot meals during the summer of 2000. The rationale for this summer enrichment program was based on the results of a door to door survey wherein school aged children residing in the 53206 zip code lacked meals during the summer that they were provided during the school year via the free/reduced lunch programs in their schools. The summer enrichment program was held at a church located in the 53206 zip code. Students received tutoring from Springfield College’s undergraduate students. They were also provided hot breakfast, a morning snack, a hot lunch and an afternoon snack through a partnership with the Social Development Commission (SDC). This research project led this group to file for Articles of Incorporation from the State of Wisconsin Department of Financial Institution in 2001. Project Hope, Inc., was incorporated on April 24, 2001 as a not for profit, community based organization committed to improving the lives of needy families in Milwaukee, with the assistance of dedicated volunteers. Project Hope’s vision was to provide educational programs and free meals to all participants’ regardless of race, creed, color, sex, age, disability or national origin.
As a result of diminishing human capital of volunteers, Project Hope Inc. was administratively dissolved in August 2013. Motivated by a passion to resurrect Project Hope, our founder applied for reinstatement from the state. Project Hope, Inc, was awarded a certificate of reinstatement on April 28, 2014 with an altered focus o n providing professional development to educators that serve students with diverse learning needs. Project Hope, Inc. has been financially stable since its reinstatement.
In 2015 our founder, a parent of an adult son with multiple severe disabilities, identified two community needs…least restrictive living options for adults with disabilities and combatting homelessness. It is these needs that led to the restructuring of Project Hope, Inc. toward the goal of establishing and operating multiple 1-2 bed Adult Family Homes (AFH) and Single Room Occupancy (SRO) homes. Project Hope, Inc., has continued to operate as a non-profit 501(c)3 community based organization committed to improving lives. This organization’s focus is to (1) provide high quality housing to adults with disabilitis toward the goal of increasing their ability to live in the least restrictive environment while simultaneously engaging them in community experiences that will lead to them maximizing their potential; and (2) provide housing option to adults with or without disabilities who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
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Due to COVID-19, we are not accepting new residents in our Adult Family Homes, Single Room Occupancy Home or Apartment Homes. We serve vunerable populations with pre-existing conditions and are committed to ensuring their health safety.