It’s who we are. It’s what we do.

Because we have a belief that every person, created by God, can be more.

Can do more.

Can go further than anyone ever imagined.

Welcome to Hope.



Guided by our christian faith, these values are what hope is built on.

values are what hope is built on.


The People We Serve

We serve each person individually, competently with dignity and compassion. We support personal choice and encourage individuals to achieve their maximum abilities and outcomes.

Our Employees

We are committed to employing the best people and giving them the tools and resources to succeed. We hire, train and develop employees to attain their highest potential within a safe work environment.


We do everything with uncompromising ethical principles, honesty and accountability to our mission.


We are “One Hope Network.” We communicate openly and work together to achieve personal and organizational goals. We collaborate with external resources to maximize services and efficiencies.


We are advocates of change and continuous improvement. We continually seek new ideas to better serve our consumers. We make bold moves from well-informed decisions.


We are accountable to all of our stakeholders for the best use of resources. We will manage our financial health to meet current
needs and to invest for the future.


This is how we got to where we are today.

1960 An adjunctive therapy department (work experience) was established at Pine Rest Christian Hospital. Herb Start was the Director.

1963 The Sheltered Workshop at Pine Rest Christian Hospital became incorporated.

1964 The Pine Rest Sheltered Workshop building is built and opens as a work activity floor for people with developmental disabilities.

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1974 Pine Rest Christian Rehabilitation Services became the new name for the Pine Rest Sheltered Workshop.

1983 A board for Pine Rest Christian Rehabilitation Services was established separate from the Pine Rest Christian Hospital board. Herb Start was appointed as CEO.


1985 Hope Rehabilitation Network became the new name for Pine Rest Christian Rehabilitation Services.

1986 Hope Network became a separate corporation from Pine Rest Christian Hospital.

1986 Sojourners Transitional Living Center, Traumatic Brain Injury building opened.


1990 Hope Network is invited to attend the Americans with Disabilities Act Signing Ceremony in Washington D.C.

1997 Hope Network becomes a Management Service Organization (MSO). The first Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) certified network in existence, setting the standard for future CARF surveys.

1999 Hope Network Behavioral Health expands services to people with behavioral problems and complex psychological issues related to aging.


2004 Hope Network West Michigan purchases four buildings on 36th Street in Grand Rapids and moves day programs, skill building, transportation, supported employment, and workforce development programs to this campus.

2007 Rehabilitation Services opens the Peter and Pat Cook Center in Grand Rapids, a state-of-the-art therapy facility for people with traumatic brain injuries.

2010 The Center for Autism, an outpatient facility to serve children and adolescents with autism and other neuro-developmental disabilities, opens on the Coral Lettinga Campus.