DSP Workforce Sustainability Grant- December 15, 2022

EXCITING NEWS! In our ongoing efforts to attract and retain staff, Hopewell Center has applied for a Direct Support Workforce Sustainability Grant through the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA). If Hopewell Center is awarded this grant, 95% of the grant amount received will be passed through to our hourly direct care staff through retention bonus payments. The amounts of the bonuses will be based on the grant amount awarded, individual staff years of service and position status (FT, PT 1 or PT 2)

The grant states that monies will be received from FSSA in 3 payments beginning in early 2023 through Summer 2023. Hopewell Center will pay these bonuses in 3 payments as grant money is received.

Direct care staff that are actively employed (working regularly scheduled hours) in good standing and have worked at least 90 days will be eligible to receive a bonus payment. Staff who meet the above criteria throughout the stated timeframes will be eligible to receive all 3 bonus payments.

The Best We've Got:  The Carl Erskine Story

This is the official trailer for an upcoming documentary about Carl Erskine, a founding father of Hopewell Center and the last of the Brooklyn Dodgers' storied "Boys of Summer" who had a profound social impact in diversity and inclusion.  Produced by Ted Green Films in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society and Special Olympics Indiana.  The full film premiere is coming to Anderson's Paramount Theater August 11, 2022.



Now Sign up for BDDS Services Online!

The Bureau of Developmental Disabilites Services (BDDS) strives to connect people with disabilites and their families to resources and supports to live their best life.  In support of this mission, on February 1, 2021, the BDDS Gateway launched!  The BDDS Gateway provides the opportunity for individuals and families to apply for BDDSservices online.  In the first month, 531 applications were received through this platform.  Of those, 413 represented new individuals who are seeking to receive supports and services from BDDS.

The BDDS Gateway can be accessed at

To learn more about the BDDS Gateway and the online application process, please review the resources below:

     Frequently Asked Quations
     Application instructions
     Video Tutorial
     Applicant/Legal Representative Application submission procedure

Paper applications are still available by contacting your local BDDS office or can be printed online by clicking here.


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