In 1956, a group of parents and friends linked arms together to form a group that would provide support for people with mental retardation and related disabilities that would allow them to live, work and recreate within their own community. They started out with garage sales (Now the What Not Shop)to raise funds to start a small school that would be later established as the Hope Training School. As the students grew older and graduated, they needed a new place to “go to work” and the Adult Activity Center (now Community Support Services) was created. From there, the Horizons Unlimited Residential Home was built (There are now 4 residential homes). As participants gained skills, supported employment and supported living programs were developed to encourage people to be as independent as possible. Other programs and supports have been developed to focus on person centered needs and to help people to become valued members of their community. Today, the Hope Association continues to expand its programs into Brain Injury supports and services.