PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE: Hi-Hope to host Family Fun Day June 21

Susan Boland Butts

Susan Boland Butts

By Susan Boland Butts

Are you looking for a fun event for you and your family? Then join us for Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Duluth Town Green, located at 3142 Hill St. Cost for the event is free to the public and there will be inflatables, arts and crafts, games, live entertainment and more.

Food vendors will be on site to provide meals and snacks for a fee. Proceeds will be used to support the event as well as directly supporting the needs of Hi-Hope Service Center. The event will feature a Wheels Parade starting at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Duluth Festival Center. Bring your decorated strollers, bikes, trikes, wagons and wheelchairs for the parade.

The purpose of the event is to increase the community’s awareness of the Hi-Hope Service Center. Hi-Hope supports adults with developmental disabilities in Gwinnett County and surrounding areas. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Our services are tailored to the needs and desires of a diverse group of over 100 adults. Support to adults is provided through weekday, employment and residential programs.

Hi-Hope’s purpose is to cultivate community and opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities. Lifelong learning, work and volunteering, and exploration of personal interests and hobbies provide a framework for the supports at Hi-Hope. Our unique curriculum offers opportunities for individuals to improve skills needed for independent living and community engagement. Supports in the area of communication incorporate technology such as iPads to improve the individual’s ability to communicate with others. A job coach assists those interested in employment in finding and maintaining a job of their choice. Groups homes nestled in neighborhoods throughout Gwinnett provide a safe and integrated home environment.

Individuals at Hi-Hope contribute to their community through work, volunteering and the arts. Regular volunteers assist local food cooperatives, continuing care facilities and libraries, deliver Meals on Wheels and contribute time at the Vines Botanical Garden. Conversely, we welcome community volunteers at Hi-Hope to both support organizational needs and, more importantly, build relationships with the adults supported here.

We encourage you to bring your family and friends and come out to the Duluth Town Green on Saturday, June 21, 2014 for Family Fun Day! We hope to see you there!

For more information, contact Shannon Brabner by calling 678-592-1500 or by email at sbrabner@hihopecenter.org.

Susan Boland Butts is CEO of Hi-Hope Service Center.

People Helping People is a publication of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services.

For more information contact Ellen Gerstein - ellen@gwinnettcoalition.org or at 770-995-3339.