Imagine breaking away from an assumed one-dimensional existence held by society in a video that visually transposes viewers to a broad-mindedness and depth to individuals with disabilities and the services they rely on. A short film that dispels stereotypes, unveils untapped potential, creates independence and empowers individuals with disabilities with positive lasting change in their lives. Imagine the difficulty people with disabilities face every day in telling their story to the communities where they live, work and play. New Hope Center is changing that – one story, one opportunity, one service at a time and we need your help.
For nearly 50 years, New Hope Center has addressed issues of equality, opportunity and inclusion for individuals with significant disabilities. The remarkable contributions of our supporters have advanced advocacy, created opportunities and independence, and paved the way for better lives throughout East Central Wisconsin for people with disabilities. Today, amidst new and age-old challenges and perceptions, we’re working to continue to advance inclusive communities and support individuals with disabilities in all aspects of their lives.
Our projects add greatly to the vitality of New Hope Center and the opportunities and services that we are able to provide to our members throughout East Central Wisconsin communities. These projects enable us to offer amazing possibilities in supported employment, our commercial fulfillment center, prevocational services, and day service activities.
Your support of this video will allow us to creatively and intuitively illustrate how people with disabilities can be active participants in their communities, building lasting relationships with employers, peers and neighbors; ultimately, accessing the opportunities promised to us all. By joining New Hope Center in this effort you help us move closer to that vision.
Just telling the stories or advertising services isn’t enough…
We want to SHOW THE WORLD what it is our organization does through the services provided to over 100 adults with disabilities served by New Hope Center.
As a follow-up to a mini-documentary we produced last year (view here) that focused on only one type of service provided; we now want the chance to inspire people with our WHOLE story.
As our organization’s mission focuses on empowering individuals with disabilities and creating independence, our job is overwhelmingly one of support. We help overcome limitations by coaching individuals to do everything from brush their teeth or make a sandwich, to operating an office phone or creating a screen-printed t-shirt in our on-site member-run micro-enterprise.
Our Creative Vision
Our vision for this film is to focus on how each service we provide helps our members earn more than just a paycheck. It’s our goal to show that we’re helping each of our members build a life. Breaking away from this assumed one-dimensional existence is something we can best do by visually exploring New Hope in action.
Through the filmmaking expertise of Mark Hrubesky (Silent H Studios), we plan to record our members participating in each of our five departments: Residential, Supported Employment, Day Services, Pre-vocational Services, and Specialized Transportation. We’ll capture our staff and clients working together to become more independent. You’ll see that struggle is temporary – and that with our support our members explore their gifts and find success in reaching their personal goals.
We worked with Mark last year when we created our mini-documentary that explored the lives of four individuals. They were all members of our Supported Employment program and the film didn’t examine the many other services we offer. This time around we’re looking for more of an advertisement of who we are and what we do. Our plan is to have Mark shoot for a few days and represent each department fully. Rather than focus on individuals, we’re focusing on the services themselves – so when someone asks what it is we do here… we can literally show them!