Hopewell Industries receives $30,000 DODD grant

| May 3, 2017

COSHOCTON – Since 1965, Hopewell Industries has supported Coshocton County residents with developmental disabilities. As staff members continue helping people achieve competitive employment and meaningful connections within the community, their efforts will get a jump start, thanks to a recent grant from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

Hopewell, located in Coshocton, received a $30,000 Building Innovative Service Models grant. LICCO Inc., in Heath, and Muskingum Starlight Industries, in Zanesville, also received similar grants, bringing $90,000 to the network of provider agencies.

The funding from the Building Innovative Service Models grant will help Hopewell strengthen its strategic plan for the future, said CEO Mary Thompson-Hufford.

“This $30,000 is an absolute blessing for the organization,” she said.

Since Hopewell Industries, LICCO and Muskingum Industries each received grant funding, their entire network is eligible for additional training and technical assistance.

While each agency will have its own plan in place, the technical assistance will allow the three entities to come together and share information, Thompson-Hufford said.

“There is a great desire to collaborate more and share more of our best practices and creative ideas to help people connect,” she said. “This will help us share strategies in Coshocton, Licking and Muskingum counties to create better, more consistent methods of collaborating and sharing our best practices.”

The technical assistance will go beyond the agencies’ leadership and will be available to board members and direct support professionals.

“Every single layer of our organization is receiving this technical assistance,” Thompson-Hufford said. “We can’t get it done with just the leadership. It really takes everyone believing in the same mission and vision to get things accomplished.”

Hopewell Industries is a non-profit organization created to support individuals with developmental disabilities. The agency is a community partner and provider of services for the Coshocton County Board of Developmental Disabilities and individuals who receive services there are supported by local tax levy dollars. For more information about Hopewell or the services they provide, go to http://www.hopewellindustries.org/home.

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