Allie’s Story

“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future.”

Because of donors like you, Hope Haven can support children and adults with disabilities through a variety of community living services. These services help individuals learn basic living skills, engage with others, and fulfill a productive life in their community. Because of you, people reach their potential.

Meet Allie McGruder from Spencer, IA

Allie has been receiving services from Hope Haven for seven years under the support of community living services. In the summer of 2022, Hope Haven purchased a new house in Spencer to meet the needs of four women. The house needed some remodeling, including new flooring, painting, and the addition of two bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a laundry room in the basement. After all the construction, the house turned into Allie’s “dream home”.

While Hope Haven provides daily support services, Allie and her housemates handle the maintenance, cleaning, cooking, and other tasks they embrace. “I love my dream home! A bigger kitchen for me to cook, a bigger bedroom for my desk, and a bathroom to share with only one person.” But not only is the home great, the neighbors are wonderful. “I enjoy going out for walks and visiting my neighbors, John and Bev.”

In addition, Allie participates in our My Day program five days a week and enjoys her time playing games, cooking, and hanging with her friends! “Allie has really grown in the past 7 years,” says Amanda Morony, Community Living Manager. She has learned to take care of herself in many ways and advocate for herself in a positive manner.” Her dream for the future is looking for a job by participating in Hope Haven’s Pathway to Employment Track program.

Through the generosity of our donors like you, Hope Haven’s services focus on each individual’s vision, “encouraging of dreams, desires, and aspirations; valuing gifts, talents, and contributions”. With your support, our vision statement becomes a reality, and comes to life through people we support – like Allie!

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