Programs

Program Description

C-HOPE has a variety of programs designed for the social, recreational, and vocational interests of adults, age 18+. Unless otherwise specified, C-HOPE programs are open to all!

Please note: Due to the nature of C-HOPE programming, care and attention has been given to ensure our programs are accessible to all individuals, including those with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.

Afternoon Club

The Afternoon Club is open to all individuals 18+ transitioning out of high school and focuses primarily on social and adaptive skill development in an engaging, dynamic, and supported environment. This program is also appropriate for individuals who have transitioned out of school whose interests are aligned with the activities and opportunities this program provides. The overarching goal of this program is to develop participants’ social skills, functional abilities, and job readiness skills in a way that balances skill development with recreation. This program is designed by a team of professionals in the fields of speech language pathology, special education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and social work.

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This program provides 1:1 Participant - Volunteer support in order to meet the needs of participants with a wide range of abilities. C-HOPE proudly partners with local colleges and universities to recruit volunteers, most often students studying related professions. This places our organization in a great position to help train the service providers of tomorrow!

Community Engagement is critical to C-HOPE’s vision. Throughout the year, the Afternoon Club schedule includes community events such as Farmers Markets, craft shows, business outreach events, and service projects.

For additional information, including registration materials, please contact:

info.CHOPEwny@gmail.com 716.289.7486

Bowling League

The C-HOPE Bowling League is open to all individuals, 18+.

The goal of this program is to have fun! The C-HOPE Bowling League is a great opportunity to engage in a recreational social activity in the community. Participation also helps develop cooperative team building skills of participants as well as gross motor and motor planning skills.

This program provides 1:1 Participant - Volunteer support in order to meet the needs of participants with a wide range of abilities. C-HOPE proudly partners with local colleges and universities to recruit volunteers, most often students studying related professions. This places our organization in a great position to help train the service providers of tomorrow!

For additional information, including registration materials, please contact:

info.CHOPEwny@gmail.com 716.289.7486
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Literacy Initiative

The C-HOPE Literacy Initiative is a pilot program open to individuals age 16-25 who possess a developmental disability (intellectual or otherwise), and who satisfy other criteria related to speech, hearing, and intelligence quotients.

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We believe that Literacy development is particularly important for individuals with developmental disabilities as it can provide social and vocational opportunities which may result in a more independent and fulfilling life.

This program is offered in conjunction with SUNY Buffalo State. To determine eligibility, an assessment will be conducted by appointment on the Buffalo State campus. As a result of our partnership with SUNY Buffalo State, we are currently able to offer this initial assessment and pilot program tuition-free.

For additional information, including registration materials, please contact:

info.CHOPEwny@gmail.com 716.289.7486

Hospitality Program

The C-HOPE Hospitality Program is open to all individuals 18+ transitioning out of high school and focuses on social and adaptive skill development along with hospitality job readiness skills. This program is also appropriate for individuals who have transitioned out of school whose interests are aligned with the activities and opportunities this program provides.

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This is a multi-tiered skill development program which, depending on the individual, may include:

  • Tier 1: 2-year C-HOPE training, which includes integrated, community settings
  • Tier 2: Internship with non-profit partner
  • Tier 3: Employment with for-profit partner in the hospitality industry

This program provides 1:1 Participant - Volunteer support in order to meet the needs of participants with a wide range of abilities. C-HOPE proudly partners with local colleges and universities to recruit volunteers, most often students studying related professions. This places our organization in a great position to help train the service providers of tomorrow!

For additional information, including registration materials, please contact:

info.CHOPEwny@gmail.com 716.289.7486

Volunteers

We know the success of our programs is dependent upon the talented and dedicated group of volunteers who work closely with our participants to help them develop the skills they need to lead more independent lives and reach their full potential.

A hallmark of C-HOPE programming is our 1:1 Participant - Volunteer model. This 1:1 model allows us to meet the needs of individuals with a broad range of abilities, while creating a dynamic, integrated environment.

C-HOPE proudly partners with local colleges and universities to recruit students studying related professions to serve as volunteers. In addition to valuable experience, students earn clinical hours, course credit hours, and/or service hours, depending on their college’s established agreement with C-HOPE. Link to academic partners. C-HOPE is privileged to play a role in helping train the service providers of tomorrow.

Licensed, practicing, or retired specialists in fields related to health, vocational training, or related services for individuals with development disabilities are encouraged to become C-HOPE volunteers.

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C-HOPE also encourages all community members, including high school students, seniors, family members, and friends to join the C-HOPE family of volunteers!

Volunteer assignments include:

  • Assisting participants with assembly of projects, helping them develop skills they need for employment and independent living
  • Aiding participants with reading, writing, speaking, and other forms of communication
  • Supporting participants at community events with functional skill development
  • Leading and participating in socialization and other recreational activities with participants
  • Program and curriculum development
  • Research and data analysis
  • Volunteer recruiting
  • Fundraising and special events

For additional information, including Volunteer Application, please contact:

info.CHOPEwny@gmail.com 716.289.7486

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