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Steve Popp stands next to a heat transfer press at New Hope Center.

workers are involved in micro-enterprises. Workers in micro-enterprises are paid an hourly wage as opposed to the piece rate compensation used in other work done at New Hope Center.

Mentoring other business skills

Another beneficial aspect of Made by M. E. is that it has become a mentoring program with participants being trained to work their way into positions. Officials said micro-enterprises has launched New Hope Center onto the path of other training opportunities beyond packaging, teaching all skills that small businesses needs including marketing, sales, and inventory.

New Hope Center has bigger plans for its micro-enterprises. Officials said they are considering adding machine embroidery to their services as well as doing rhinestoning on garments. Within the next couple years, Logemann said he would like to see a storefront small business incubator somewhere in the area and operated by New Hope Center. Logemann said businesses which New Hope Center participants could be involved in might range from lawn mowing to paper shredding to beer making. “We can be a labor source for short-term projects,” he said, adding, “We really want to invest in this as a way to support the entire New Hope mission.”

That will be critical for New Hope Center going forward as it continually works to meet its funding needs. Logemann explained that some government funding sources have combined the elderly with the developmentally disabled. With the “Baby Boomer” curve increasing the number of elderly—and developmentally disabled numbers remaining static—that has equated to less dollars for the disabled. “That’s why we want independent sources,” Logemann said. “We need to have people understand us and what we do.”

In addition to the developmentally disabled, New Hope Center has assisted people with physical disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, and other conditions. Those people have ranged in age from 16 or 17 to well into their 70s and 80s.

Day services are provided by New Hope five days per week both at its primary facility on Manhattan Street as well as its facility on Steenport Lane. Caregivers work to provide meaningful days for participants via a wide variety of activities. More intensive support also is provided for those people who require it.

New Hope Center also has seven housing opportunities for individuals ranging from state-licensed facilities to in-home care. Individuals can choose to live in apartments, houses, or duplexes in the community. Some live alone, and others have roommates. They feature family-like atmospheres where residents can share companionship, mealtimes, and social opportunities. NHC provides home maintenance, site management and staffing to support the specific needs of each client, providing supervision, support, and assistance up to 24 hours each day.

Transportation services also are provided to individuals with disabilities to help them live independently within the community, providing vital support to access employment, education, health-care, and community life.

To learn more about all the opportunities available at New Hope Center in Chilton, call 849-9351.