Project H.O.P.E. was created over 25 years ago by two mothers, who felt their daughters exceptional needs were not being completely met, by the educational system. Their solution, along with Dr. Kandice Jordan and Dr. Garry McKinnon, was to create a non-profit program that would provide therapies (see programs) above and beyond what the education system could do, while still working with them to optimize the results for the children, teachers and parents combined.
Project H.O.P.E. has become an integral part of several schools within Strathmore and the Wheatland County with other programs looking to us to provide an example on how to make this a reality in their schools. We have worked hard to establish our presents in our schools and awareness of the need for these programs in our communities. Without Project H.O.P.E. many of these children would not have access to these expensive therapies that have proven to be imperative in their development.
While we are run by volunteers we are professional and serious in our commitment to the program. Our board members come from varying backgrounds and try to bring all levels of expertise to the working of our program. We also appreciate these children and their families who utilize these therapies, and understand the importance of diversity, which is why we continue to work so hard to provide our unique programs.
Below are our program values and definitions that we are happy to share. Please feel free to contact us any time with questions or concerns, we are happy to talk to you anytime.
H.O.P.E.: Stands for Holistic Opportunities Provided in Education and the hope that every child that goes through our program will have even more opportunities for a happy full life.
Program Vision: To be a community based program that meets the therapeutic needs of children diagnosed with severe physical, communication, cognitive, self-help, social, emotional and /or behavioral needs.
Program Mission: To facilitate real life growth in children with developmental challenges by delivering therapy in the school setting.
Rationale: Children and their families will experience more connection and support in their own community and thus the need to bring the therapeutic intervention to the children in their local schools.
Measurements: Individual goals for each student are taken from the school IPP (Individual Program Plan) which is developed with teacher and parent input. The teachers help the therapists choose and adapt the goals to fit the therapy. Achievement of those goals are measured 4 times a year and reported to the parents. At the end of the year, a survey is conducted to measure the program goals. The results are reported in the program’s Annual Report. (Annual Report is available upon request)