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Hope Services President and CEO, Ray Smith, in Bicycle Accident January 25, 2015

Hope Services President and CEO, Ray Smith, was involved in a bicycle accident on Sunday, January 25, 2015. Ray will be on medical leave until further notice in order to facilitate a full recovery. His family has conveyed that Ray is in good spirits and resting comfortably.

Upon joining Hope in July 2014, Ray was instrumental in the development of an agency-wide business plan that is driving the organization to execute on its mission to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. Senior management, including CFO Greg Steelman and Board Chair Bill Palmer will retain that momentum during Ray's absence. Everyone joins together to wish Ray a speedy recovery.

About Hope Services Hope Services is the leading provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in Silicon Valley. Founded in 1952, Hope's mission is to improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities. The organization serves more than 3,500 people, across six counties and provides a broad spectrum of social enterprise programs including employment and job creation. Learn more at Follow us on FACEBOOK at facebook/ and TWITTER at @Hope_Services.

San Jose Mercury News | December 2014
Autistic Lab Worker Flourishes at Biomedical Company

Alex Go lifted the sealed medical boxes from Italy and Spain, then placed them softly onto a small counter. They contained dozens of vials of blood from expectant mothers seeking information about the health of their babies. Go is the first one at Ariosa Diagnostics, a global prenatal testing company, to handle the vials.

"We have lots of specimens but very little space," he said with a smile. It wasn't a gripe as much as a nice problem to have for both the growing San Jose company and the 22-year-old autistic laboratory worker.

Not too long ago, adults with autism rarely held sensitive jobs like this, if they ever got them at all.

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Hope Services Names New President/CEO July 29, 2014

The Board of Directors of Hope Services has announced the appointment of Ray Smith as President/CEO. "As Silicon Valley's leading provider of job creation for people with developmental disabilities, we are pleased that Ray is joining Hope at this most exciting time," said Gene Sinclair, board chair and interim CEO. "Ray's corporate experience, coupled with his commitment to the community is a great fit for Hope's strategic vision of social enterprise and client advocacy. Under Ray's leadership, we can inspire companies to create a diverse and inclusive work environment and help people with disabilities build rewarding careers."

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Hope Services CEO John Christensen Announces Retirement April 10, 2014

After three years at the helm and a total of 16 years with Hope, CEO John Christensen has notified the Board that he has decided to retire effective May 30, 2014.

John came to Hope via the 1998 merger with the Skills Center. He served as Hope's COO until Joe Campbell's retirement in 2011, at which time he took over as CEO.

During his tenure, John continued to support Hope's social enterprises pivot to replace declining Social Services revenue, offset higher program costs, grapple with a difficult economic and fund-raising environment, and adjust to increasing competition in Hope's traditional revenue- generating enterprises.

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Social Security Disability Help February 4, 2014

Molly Clarke is a writer for the Social Security Disability Help Blog ( where she covers topics related to Social Security Disability benefits and disability awareness. For more information, contact Molly at

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Off 68 | The Salinas Californian | December 3, 2013
Hope Services takes young adults out on the range

Clients of Hope Services received a special treat in October. By spending a day on a range, the developmentally challenged young people learned basic horsemanship, life skills and leadership. They visited the ranch at 220 J. San Benancio Salinas. The visit included grooming, leading, small tasks (cleaning a stall, washing brushes, cleaning tack), and some rides when possible.

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Monterey County Weekly | October 17, 2013
Hope Services' enviro programs employ hundreds of disabled workers.

In high school, I'd wake up at an ungodly hour to ride the public bus with about 30 strangers " most of them barely speaking, barely awake and barely functioning. The bus would arrive in Sand City around 8am, silent except for the motor's low grumble and some chatter from a group in the front, wearing brightly colored shirts that read, "Hope."

Some were seated and speaking in simple sentences; others were in wheelchairs, squeezing out smiles. The group would stop at the corner of Contra Costa Street and Del Monte Boulevard and disappear inside the Hope Services headquarters.

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Mercury News | November 15,2012
HOPE Services, based in Santa Clara County, is marking its 60th anniversary

When Dominic Acqistapace talks about where he's worked--IBM, Hewlett-Packard, CMC Technology, Pacer Technology and now Specialized Bicycle Components--he sounds like any other Silicon Valley veteran.

However, there is a difference between Acqistapace and much of the local workforce. He has severe developmental disabilities.

Now 61, Acqistapace was fortunate enough to be born in San Jose just a year before a group of determined parents founded what is now known as HOPE Services, and he has been a client of the agency since the mid 1950s.

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San Jose Mercury News & Santa Cruz Sentinel | July 2012
Funding cuts imperil downtown Santa Cruz litter busters

SANTA CRUZ " A well-liked downtown litter crew faces an uncertain future due to a loss of funding, and several events have been scheduled to help keep the program afloat.

For 11 years, Hope Services' small "Litter Abatement Crew" has worked Monday through Friday to keep downtown sidewalks clean. The handful of developmentally disabled workers pick up trash and cigarette butts and empty trash and recycling containers along Pacific Avenue between Laurel and Water streets and one block over on both sides…

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Alliance Credit Union | July 2012
Alliance Credit Union Holds Recycling Drive to Benefit HOPE Services
Donating Recyclables Can Help Provide HOPE for People with Developmental Disabilities

San Jose/Fremont, CA (July 19, 2012) " Alliance Credit Union will be holding an e-Waste Recycling & Clothing Drive benefiting HOPE Services on Saturday, July 21st from 10AM-2PM. Your tax-deductible donation will help HOPE Services carry out its mission of helping people with developmental disabilities live and participate independently in their community. .

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NISH Worlplace Magazine | June 2012
HOPE Services Expands E-Waste to Wages Programming

Head quartered in San Jose, Calif., producing AbilityOne® non profit HOPE Services is expanding electronic waste recycling organization-wide. HOPE's green services initiated as a pilot program through their Monterey Country District's Electronic Waste to Wages (e-WTW) program. In September 2011, NISH'sIde as to Work Fund Program awarded HOPE a $100,000 grant to expand their e-WTW Monterey County District program's service area to HOPE's additional four service districts, which span from south ofthe San Francisco Bay through the Monterey Bay Area.

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San Jose Mercury News | April 6th 2012
Changeling Dance Theatre offers dance classes for physically and mentally challenged young people in Santa Clara County

The two young women glide across the floor, clad in pink and black, moving with grace and skill. Their dance is the tale of their search for friendship. At the piece's end, when they finally come together, reaching out and finding each other, their joy can scarcely be suppressed.

Telling a story through dance is as old as humankind itself. But for these dancers, their creative work means something extra, as it has been achieved despite the extra challenges in their lives.

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CBS5 San Francisco | March 27th 2012
Donations To Some Bay Area Charities Stolen (Video)

As Bay Area charities struggle in the down economy, some nonprofit groups are now dealing with thieves stealing donations. Patrick Sedillo reports:

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KTVU Bay Area | March 19th 2012
Thieves steal donations from nonprofit that serves the disabled

CUPERTINO, Calif. " HOPE Services charity is suffering huge losses from thieves who keep stealing donations before they can be picked up, the nonprofit said.

The organization said it was reluctant to talk about the thefts publicly, but now losses have mounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars, impacting services.

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Monterey County Weekly | March 8th 2012
Heroes Real and Fictional: A magnetic Marina man defies cerebral palsy to conceive a novel and inspire others.

Spend enough time with Jonathan Schanz, and you see a telling transformation take place. The initial impression " of a thin 26-year-old man with halting speech, prominent cheekbones, curled tongue and arm muscles contracted tightly into his wheelchair " melts away. His wide brown eyes make contact. His enthusiasm consumes the room. Then he starts a narrative that comes effortlessly and takes his listeners into another world.

That world is the fictional career of a renegade CIA agent set off by the assassination of his wife to work as a gun for hire, often teaming with one-time adversaries like the Russian mob.

"These are the kind of people you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley," he says. "These are guys who know how to fight, and fight well, but they care about each other." read full article »

Santa Cruz County | February 2012
Santa Cruz Police Partners with Hope Services

The Santa Cruz Police Department Community Services Unit, and officer Brian Warren, teamed with Hope Services to create a public safety announcement. You can watch the video above


NISH Workplace | February 2012
HOPE Services Launches HOPE TV in Santa Cruz, California

In 2009, HOPE Services launched an innovative new day program, Community Membership and Media (CMMP). It's unique designed allowed for flexible days and times and a staff to employee ratio of 1:3. The program also exemplified HOPE's philoso- phy of "Community Membership." Community membership is integra- tion with the non-disabled population in all aspects of life so that people with developmental disabilities can partici- pate fully as active and productive citizens of their community. read full article »

San Jose Mercury News | January 10th 2012
Santa Cruz County moves to curtail spread of electronic waste

"We're used to thinking of electronics as a stand-alone product" but that's not the case anymore, Goncharoff said. "They're in shoes, they're in greeting cards, they're in toys. Tomorrow they'll be in things we never thought of. We're trying to get a handle on this before it gets completely out of control."

Basel's certification process can take months, but Goncharoff said several recyclers in the area have been approved as "eStewards." One is Santa Clara-based ECF Refining, which is used by both Grey Bears and San Jose-based Hope Services. read full article »

Press (Video) | December 9th 2011
Joe Campbell receiving "The Eagle Award"

We are proud to share that Joe Campbell received the prestigious "Above Self Eagle Award" in recognition of his outstanding leadership and advocacy. In his remarks, Santi Rogers, Executive Director San Andreas Regional Center, highlighted Joe's exceptional advocacy impacting the lives of myriad people with disabilities. Congratulations, Joe!

CBS San Francisco | October 29th 2011
San Jose Jefferson Award Winner Gives Gift Of Sight

Hope Services and Save the Whales, both non-profit organizations in Santa Cruz and Seaside, have teamed together with the County of Santa Cruz Storm Water section to help raise awareness among adults about storm drain pollution, while also educating over 75 persons with developmental disabilities in Santa Cruz County about the dynamics of pollution control. read more..

County of Santa Cruz Curbsider | July 2011
In all, Dr. Furlong has provided free surgeries for 65 patients. That's $450,000 worth of surgeries, and more than 400 donated hours. HOPE Services client Robert Faber said he can now clean more donated bicycles to sell. Dr. Furlong's corrected his eyesight three years ago... read more..

NBC News Video | June 2011
NBC News on HOPE's Rise and Shine Event

Santa Clara Weekly | June 2011
Jane Pauley Salutes HOPE Services
Award winning broadcast journalist and author of the best-seller "Skywriting: A Life Out of the Blue," Jane Pauley was the keynote speaker last week at HOPE Services annual Rise & Shine fundraiser at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Mission City Ballroom. About 500 guests turned out for the event, according to event chair Jenny Luciano, raising about $80,000 for the non-profit's comprehensive portfolio of services for 2,500 developmentally disabled children and adults throughout Santa Clara, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. read more

Mercury News | June 3, 2011
PAULEY PAYS A VISIT: Jane Pauley, former host of the "Today" show and "Dateline NBC," made a quick spin through Silicon Valley this week.
Pauley has become an advocate for education and mental health issues since revealing in a memoir that she has bipolar disorder.

On Wednesday she toured the Children's Discovery Museum, where she saw the installation of the museum's new mammoth exhibit. That night she mingled at a San Jose Country Club reception with more than 150 supporters of HOPE Services, which provides programs for developmentally disabled residents of Santa Clara read more

Press Release | June 7, 2011
(San Jose, CA " June 7, 2011) Award-winning broadcast journalist and New York Times Bestselling author, Jane Pauley captured the attention of more than 500 guests gathered for HOPE Services' 7th Annual "Rise & Shine" Benefit Breakfast on Thursday, June 2nd which supported individuals with developmental disabilities. read more

Business Journal | March 17, 2011
New Google services helps nonprofits
Google launched a package of free and discounted services, apps and tools aimed at the nonprofit community.

Google for Nonprofits offers some apps at no cost and others at reduced prices and allows groups to use Google Earth to "visualize your cause and tell your story through Google's mapping technologies."

Google's YouTube unit, meanwhile, is increasing upload limits and giving nonprofits a "donate" button that they can place on their videos.

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Press Release | February 23, 2011
(San Jose, CA " February 23, 2011) The Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) announced that HOPE Services has been accredited for a period of three years for its Community Employment Services (Job Development, Job Supports, and Job-Site Training programs), as well as for its Organizational Employment Services. The latest accreditation is a consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to HOPE Services. read more

Santa Cruz Sentinel | January 01, 2011
Supervisor-elect Greg Caput readies to take office: Staff hired, swearing-in ceremony set for Monday
WATSONVILLE -- Martin Garcia, a UC Berkeley graduate born and raised in Watsonville, will be Supervisor-elect Greg Caput's point person in the 4th District office.

Caput is organizing his office in advance of a swearing-in ceremony 3:30 p.m. Monday at the American Legion, behind Mehl's Colonial Chapel, at 214 Center St.

Caput also has hired UC Santa Cruz graduate Tony Gregorio on a part-time basis, and Claudia Salazar, a Hope Services client, to fill a temporary 20-hour position answering phones, greeting constituents and referring questions and concerns to the appropriate person or department... read more

Press Release | September 21, 2010
Hope Services' Maintenance Team Driving Safely In Refurbised Vehicle
Mobility is key for the crew of four HOPE Services clients with developmental disabilities and their job coach who assist in maintaining over 86 acres of open space, including thirty individual parks... read more

Press Release | September 21, 2010
Hope Services' Volunteers Help to Keep Our Trails Clean
For more than ten years, HOPE Services clients' with developmental disabilities have been volunteering to remove litter and debris on Monterey Rec Trail, from the Wharf to the Coast Guard Pier, every week... read more

Press Release | September 1, 2010
Hope Services Receives $1,500 CVS Caremark Community Grant Towards Their Programs for Children with Developmental Disabilites
HOPE Services announced today that it has received a $1,500 CVS Caremark Community Grant towards their Homestart Program. This early intervention program is designed to improve the quality of life for infants and children with developmental disabilities... read more

Press Release | August 18, 2010
Furlong Vision's Gift of Sight Program Selects HOPE's Clients
One of the biggest accomplishments for a HOPE Services client is to have a job. This Thursday, Dr. Furlong, Medical Director of Furlong Vision Correction, will make working a little easier for three HOPE clients... read more

Press Release | August 3, 2010
Hope Services Receives Grant From the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz in Support of Employment Programs
Employment is considered to be one of the most effective ways for people with developmental disabilities to gain independence and self-sufficiency in their lives. HOPE Services in Santa Cruz is pleased to announce the receipt of a $10,000 grant... read more

Press Release | August 2, 2010
HOPE Services Goes Green Keeping Matresses Out of the Landfill
Over the past two years, HOPE Services has successfully recycled about 15,000 mattresses and box springs providing employment and training for individuals with developmental disabilities... read more

Press Release | August 1, 2010
HOPE Services Launches After School Program for Youth With Developmental Disabilities
Individuals with developmental disabilities, particularly youth, are often considered easy victims for sexual and physical abuse because they are less likely to report an incident due to their limited understanding that a crime has been committed against them... read more

The Santa Clara Weekly | June 30, 2010
Your Old Bicycles Bring Business to Hope Services
A flash of inspiration and some old bicycles rescued from the dump heap have evolved into a sustainable, green business run by clients of Hope Services in Santa Clara... read more

The Pinnacle | May 28, 2010
HOPE Services Open House Highlights Local Programs
HOPE Services hosted an open house Wednesday to share the types of programs they offer throughout the Bay Area, specifically in San Benito County... read more