Pictured above (L to R): Vince DeSilva, Sr. Vice President, Member Services presents the November 2017 Nonprofit of the Month award to Susan Boland Butts, CEO and Keith Fenton, Chief Development Officer for the Hi-Hope Service Center.
Almost 60 years ago, Nell Moses wanted the very best for her child. She turned to the Lawrenceville Jaycees who embraced her and helped open a school focused on the needs of developmentally disabled children. Hi-Hope Service Center was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1960. It was founded by the parents of six young students (one being Nell’s child) from Gwinnett County – one of the first organizations in Georgia to teach children with intellectual disabilities. Mrs. Vinie Lowry became Hi-Hope’s first paid teacher in 1961, hosting the school on her property for the first 7 years. Under the stalwart leadership of Mrs. Lowry, and support from many parents and the greater Gwinnett community, construction of a “special needs school” was completed in 1970. In the late 1990s, when all student programs were integrated into the public school system, Hi-Hope successfully transitioned to an organization supporting adults with developmental disabilities.
In 2015, Hi-Hope entered into a strategic partnership with the Enterline Foundation that has secured our future of service in Gwinnett County and allowed us to enhance our ability to serve individuals with developmental disabilities.