Hope Village

Hope VillageHope Village does not look like the typical assisted care facility. Instead of multistory, apartment-style residences, the village houses the intellectually disabled in homes that look and feel like a family home. The organization has housed those in need for more than 45 years.

Established in 1967 by Bill and Lucille Williams, who saw a need for better care for the disabled, Hope Village sits on about 18 acres and has about 60 residents who call the village home. An additional 40 villagers participate in daily programs, Executive Director Sharon Proulx said.

“Many of our residents come to our program in their 20s or teens because their family realizes, ‘OK my child needs more than being at home,’” she said. ‘“They can be with me, but I can’t provide companionship, peer mentoring and the special things they can get outside in a community of people [who] are like-minded.’”

Permanent residents live in groups of 10-14 along with staff members who are called house mothers, Proulx said. Staff provides alert care 24 hours a day and performs nightly checks every 30 minutes on residents who are at risk for seizures or have needs that require more attention.

Day-use villagers live full time with their families but come to Hope Village to work or participate in social programs and activities. Some hold jobs where they are paid directly into a Hope Village account, said Rebecca Hillenburg, chairwoman of the Hope Village board of directors.

“[Villagers] could be helping in the resale [store] or in the cafe,” Hillenburg said. “We [also] have contracts with businesses and organizations where we can put stamps on envelopes for them or seal envelopes. So [our villagers] receive pay based on the number of hours they work.”

The idea is to create an environment that feels less like a controlled living center, Hillenburg said. The center also offers scholarships for residents if and when their resources run out. For example if a resident’s remaining family dies, scholarships allow them to continue living at the facility.

“I think Hope Village amplifies what they do for the people they work with in just one word—villagers,” Hillenburg said. “They aren’t called residents, they aren’t called students—they are villagers of their family and of their community, and everything centers around that.”


Pearland ISD announced meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost for the 2021-22 school year. (Community Impact Staff)
Pearland ISD to offer meals to all students at no cost for upcoming school year

Pearland ISD announced meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost for the 2021-22 school year.

School supplies will be exempt from the 8.25% sales tax Aug. 6-8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
What to know before the statewide tax-free weekend Aug. 6-8

Customers will not have to pay the standard 8.25% sales tax on select clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100.

(Courtesy Black Rock Coffee Bar)
Black Rock Coffee Bar now open in Webster

Black Rock Coffee Bar opened in mid-July.

Main Chick Hot Chicken opened its first brick-and-mortar location July 23 in Sugar Land. (Courtesy Main Chick Hot Chicken)
Main Chick Hot Chicken opens in Sugar Land; Urban Bird Hot Chicken coming to Cy-Fair and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news for the Houston area, including two new chicken restaurants.

HCA Houston Healthcare President Troy Villarreal, Pearland Mayor Kevin Cole and HCA Houston Healthcare Vice President of Clinical Education Diane Henry all spoke at the grand opening on July 27.
HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement opens in Pearland Town Center

HCA Houston Healthcare opened the HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement, or HHCCA, on July 27.

Houston-area residents will be able to apply online for a one-time payment of $1,500 from July 28-Aug. 11. (File photo)
$30M COVID Relief Fund opens for Harris County residents as eviction moratorium ends

Sourced by funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, eligible residents will receive a one-time payment of $1,500 to support urgent needs.

Pride Houston Parade
Pride Houston fall parade and festival canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The downtown annual parade and festival, scheduled for Sept. 25, will be replaced by a Montrose block party and other events, organizers announced July 25.

The CDC reversed its masking guidance for fully vaccinated individuals in response to the transmissibility of the delta variant of COVID-19 in a press conference July 27. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
NEW CDC GUIDANCE: All individuals should wear masks in K-12 schools, including those who are fully vaccinated

The new CDC guidance, announced July 27, also recommends people in areas with "high" or "substantial" levels of transmission wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Average testing positivity rate nears 10% after sharp increase

Over 97% of people nationwide who are being hospitalized because of the disease are unvaccinated.

Six Friendswood citizens were honored in Hope Village's fundraiser. (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hope Village honors residents from 12 Houston-area cities in 'Faces of Hope' fundraiser

Nominees received yard signs that were out on lawns for approximately two weeks in July.

As variants are isolated and identified, Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass believes the vaccines available can handle identified variants (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
'The vaccines we have are effective against all the variants out there': Houston Methodist's Dr. Ian Glass discusses variants, vaccinations

As Houston Methodist identified its first case of the lambda variant July 19, Dr. Glass believes vaccines can handle known variants.