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Hope House Foundation


Hope House Foundation supports adults with a primary diagnosis of a developmental disability, including Down Syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injury and more to live in their own homes.

Our Services
While some of the people we support just need occasional help with shopping or budgeting, others may require support around the clock. And still others are somewhere in the middle. That’s why at Hope House, we adapt our services to the individual – not the other way around.
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We believe in adapting to the needs of the people we support, rather than making them conform to ours.
We believe that people can get all the support they need where they live, and that services should be provided regardless of changes in behavior, health, or other circumstances.
We believe services should be flexible, therapeutic, creative, and innovative.
We believe our work should focus on people acquiring skills that are not only practical and useful, but promote individual well-being.
We believe that individual choice should be valued and encouraged.
We believe that people with disabilities should be highly involved in determining the types of services that they want and need.
We feel that the biggest difference between surviving and truly thriving in the community is to have close, satisfying relationships with friends and family.
We believe that services and living environments should be designed and modified, whenever possible, to fit the unique needs of the individual.
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At Hope House Foundation, we believe neighborhoods and communities are enriched when everyone in them participates to the fullest extent possible. And that includes people with disabilities. We believe that citizenship should not be limited by the attainment of certain skills, but is a right that belongs to us all.

We believe that this right can only be fully enjoyed when people have as much control over their day-to-day life as possible. And that includes living in one’s own home, with one’s own name on the lease.

We believe that with the right support, even people with complex disabilities can live successfully in their own homes.

We believe in care that is customized to each individual’s needs and desires, enabling everyone we support to live a life of choice, rather than circumstance.

Choice. Belonging. Home. At Hope House, these are not just abstract concepts. Through our services, our community participation, and our advocacy, we make these ideas a reality, each and every day.
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Additional Culture Details

Eight reasons to work at Hope House Foundation.

1-Flexible schedules and great benefits
Our full-time staff also enjoys some flexibility in scheduling, along with a handsome benefits package which includes health and dental insurance and a retirement profit-sharing plan.

2. Participatory management
At Hope House, EVERYONE has the opportunity to contribute to the decision-making process.. So if you’ve got ideas or opinions, speak up! We’ll listen.

3. Mega-fun staff development activities
Everyone at Hope House works as a team. So we do a lot of activities that help strengthen those bonds.

4. Cool fundraising events
We raise money for Hope House with events throughout the community The Hope House Thrift Shop is another way we raise funds – and you can pick up some great bargains there, too.

5. Value-driven workplace
Want to make the world a better place? Hope House is a great place to start.

6. Potential for growth and career advancement Hope House routinely promotes from within the organization. In fact, many of our employees have been with the agency for ten, twenty, and even thirty years or more!

7. Informal atmosphere
Every day is Casual Friday at Hope House. So you can wear jeans to work whenever you want.

8. Innovative services and a nurturing work environment
Hope House is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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Our direct support professionals are passionate about social justice: the right of people with disabilities to full inclusion in the community, and the right to live in one’s own home or apartment, regardless of disability. Daily tasks we take for granted like choosing when to eat dinner, what to wear, or when to go to bed, are the first steps in determining one’s own destiny. Some people may need support in reaching that goal. And that’s where you come in.


Norfolk, VA


232 US Employees


Human & Social Services

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