January 15, 2012
Non-Profit Spotlight: Hope Network
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - Hope Network is a non-profit Christian organization founded in 1963 that provides specialized care and support services for people with disabilities or disadvantages. Based in Grand Rapids, they provide services in more than 75 counties throughout Michigan with it's staff of 2,500 working in 240 locations. One of the principal support services that the Hope Network provides is transportation. This includes a Specialized Transportation Service which utilizes a fleet of 63 vehicles and a staff of 60 drivers that provides door-to-door transport for older adults and individuals with a disability. Hope Network also has Volunteer Transportation System that utilizes 130 active volunteers to address the unmet transportation needs of those that would not otherwise be able to access medical care, including Medicaid recipients and disadvantaged residents in rural areas. Together, both transportation programs provide over 256,000 rides/year.