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Home of Hope: Rogers County Training Center

By: Tom Fink | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2019

The Home of Hope is hosting their 34th annual Rogers County Training Center Golf Classic & ‘19th Hole Silent Auction' at Heritage Hills Golf Course in Claremore on May 3. Proceeds from this charity event benefit the Home of Hope, according to Home of Hope CEO Ralph Richardson. Founded in 1963, the Rogers County Training Center in Claremore offers those vocational opportunities for adults of all ages with intellectual or developmental disabilities, while also providing area businesses with labor, either on an intermittent or permanent basis. Find out more about these programs and how you can be a part of this event in the April 2019 edition of VALUES News Magazine and at

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Dignity, Respect, Relationship, Independence

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Education | Issue: September 2015

Millions of men and women in the United States live with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Every day, individuals struggle with impairment in functions most of us take for granted, and they often find themselves separated from involvement in a world that doesn’t know how to respond to their needs – a world that either doesn’t notice or chooses to ignore their presence. The history of society’s treatment of men and women with disabilities has been filled with personal tragedy, ranging from the damaging assumption that they are capable of so little, so they should be allowed to do little, to the unspoken fearfulness that has led to efforts to isolate or harm those who could not defend themselves. Many still endure physical and verbal abuse, extreme neglect, and ridicule. Even more are left without opportunities to truly live, thrive, and find purpose in their lives because it is assumed that they are incapable of productive work, meaningful relationships, and a fulfilling life.

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