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History

Years before Hope Haven became a reality, it started as the dream of four midwestern forefathers - and it all began over a cup of coffee.

This group envisioned a future full of possibilities for children in their community with disabilities, and were determined to bring their ideas to life.  After years of dedication and a series of uphill battles, Hope Haven opened its doors to eleven children in 1964.

From our beginnings in Northwest Iowa, we’ve grown and adapted - expanding in both services and scope. Today, we’re present in over 30 counties in Iowa and Minnesota, and our International Ministries impacts the lives of people in 108 countries.

We continue to develop and refine programs to accommodate ongoing needs, and remain committed to empowering others to recognize, appreciate and share their talents.

1959 - The concept for Hope Haven emerges in Rock Valley, Iowa.

1964 - Hope Haven is established, serving 11 children with three staff members.

1968 - Work Training Center opens, offering real work opportunities and training for adults with disabilities.

1983 - First three residential sites are built.

1988 - Mental Health & Recovery services are established.

1994 - International Ministries begins, providing mobility through worldwide wheelchair distributions.

1998 - The Work Training Center becomes Double HH Manufacturing.

2001 - The KidChair Wheelchair is introduced and begins distribution around the world.

2010 – Employment services expand into Worthington, MN through the acquisition of The Achievement Center (TAC).

2014 - Expansion into Spirit Lake and Estherville regions through the acquisition of Echo Plus.

2015 - Partnership with Sunshine Services begins in Spencer, IA.

2018 - Faith, Hope & Charity of Storm Lake, IA becomes a division of Hope Haven.