New Hope opens doors to independence
By Mike Mathes
Joe Weidensee of the New Hope Center staff, right, works in the New Hope Center workshop with the production line process, offering a supportive and adaptive environment for the workforce.

Since 1965, Chilton’s New Hope Center has been helping to remove barriers to independence for people with disabilities.

New Hope Center’s mission is nothing short of providing opportunities for those who might not otherwise have them available.

“We offer a variety of services that will help adults gain greater independence and self-confidence,” said Greg Logemann, New Hope Center’s president/ CEO.

“New Hope Center focuses on an individual’s abilities and potential by offering training, support, and employment both at New Hope Center and in the community” he added. Of course, the list of New Hope Center services go beyond employment. Among the services offered by New Hope Center are—

n Community employment n Residential services n Day programs n Transportation

n Commercial services n Employment services

Building relationships

In providing those services, New Hope Center is in a constant process of building relationships with the area business community. Whether businesses contract with NHC’s commercial fulfillment services, hire an on-site work group, or they utilize NHC’s to find the perfect employee through their job placement services, the business community benefits greatly.

“We view our workshop as a fulfillment center. We are ready to work on behalf of local businesses,” Logemann said.

Through the utilization of special state and federal programs, Logemann claims NHC is able to offer local businesses some of the most economical solutions available to their small assembly, packaging, sorting, product re-work, labeling, shrink wrapping or special project needs. “If you have never used us for fulfillment work, we would be happy to quote a job for you,” he added.

Joe Weidensee, the commercial Production Manager for New Hope Center, has headed up the workshop for the past 19 years. New Hope Center takes an occupational therapist’s perspective to its workshop.

The workshop provides employment opportunities for those who benefit from work in an supportive and adaptive environment.

“We assess each person’s abilities and tailor each the job to suit them using special modified equipment training, or techniques” said Weidensee. “When we have the work, everyone is productive,” he added.

Community Placements

A number of New Hope’s clients assimilate to employment in their local communities. Because NHC is a contracted vendor for Dept. of Workforce Development’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, they also act as an employment agency. New Hope accepts client referrals from DVR and works with local employers to match employment needs with a job seeker’s interests and abilities. New Hope can also provide on the job support to their clients to promote success in their new employment setting. “We are one of the highest rated employment agencies of its kind in the state working with DVR consumers,” Logemann said. “There’s an art to assisting someone in their job search and supporting them to be successful. We have a great team of coaches who know how to make that program work”. New Hope continues to accept referrals and find the best employment scenarios to assist their clients.

Adult day services

In some cases, individuals referred to New Hope Center may not be vocationally oriented. Yet, they also have a place in New Hope Center’s menu of services. Amy Martell, a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant, leads NHC’s Day Services program by offering a variety of structured activities and events designed to benefit the neurological, physical, relational and creative interests of these individuals.

Residential services

New Hope Center also moves people toward independence by serving over 40 individuals a range of residential supports abletomeet anylevelof need. NHC operates three group homes

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