The mission of United Through HOPE (UTH) is to build strong leaders by focusing on the social skills, metacognitive skills, and soft skills necessary to foster resiliency, independence, and a sense of belonging. UTH believes that all individuals, regardless of disability or circumstance, have the opportunity to become strong leaders when provided with the correct support system and with support beginning in early childhood and continuing through the lifespan.
Our members have gone on to build many relationships, often making friends and feeling like they fit in for the first time. Many have graduated and are now attending vocational programs and also college courses. Those that have reached high school or young adult age have secured entry level jobs and are able to hold their job placements. Those that stay in our programs for at least a year grow in independence, personal motivation and accountability, and learn to demonstrate coping skills needed to move forward in relationships.
Our daughter has been in the programs for many years and they have been instrumental in her social growth. My daughter has severe autism but can be around typical kids and be accepted and included. She makes eye contact, tries to show others what she likes, and is happy when she is around others, She is able to go out to restaurants, festivals, birthday parties, etc. and is engaging. She is now doing equestrian activities and is winning awards! ---Mother of a 12 yr old teen in UTH programs
Our son has since graduated from high school and is now attending a 4 year university. He is working on computers and making films and editing. From the social programs at UTH he was able to achieve these goals because he can cope with disappointment and lack of routine. He is involved and holds a job and drives! All things I wondered as a mother if he would have been able to do when he was younger and before starting at UTH. UTH programs made this possible for my son and I am grateful. -----Mother of a young adult previously in UTH programs.
As a mother of a Preschooler it is hard to know what is age appropriate and it's even harder when they have a disability. I appreciate the guidance I receive from the therapists at UTH. They are always honest and helpful. They are supportive in so many ways and make themselves available even outside therapy hours if I have a question. My son is now talking and beginning to play better with others his age. I also feel more sure as a parent of what I can do to help and what my child is capable of. ----Mother of 4 yr old Preschooler