VISIONS OF HOPE TRAINING PROGRAM
WHERE EXPERIENCE = OPPORTUNITY
See how we are involved in making a difference in our community.
Committed to Enriching the Lives of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
WHO WE ARE
Visions of Hope is a 501(c)3 vocational and social skills training program geared to increase the employment opportunities for teens/adults with autism spectrum disorder and similar challenges. Our training takes place in a real-world work environment, Dress 2 Impress Resale in downtown Farmington.
Interns have the opportunity to learn new skills they need to enjoy an engaged, productive life, as well as, make responsible decisions about work, relationships, and leisure activities.
Donate today, and see how you can make an impact!
You can support our training program by
Shopping at Dress 2 Impress Resale @ 117 E Columbia St in downtown Farmington
You can donate your gently worn men and women's clothing/shoes/accessories and receive a tax deduction receipt
You can donate financially through sponsorships and scholarships
You can attend one of our fundraising events
You can volunteer in our store or with our training program
Visit Dress 2 Impress Resale to see what everyone has been talking about
What our interns have to say...
"It is hard to believe that it’s been over 3 years when I started my first ever internship in my life at Dress 2 Impress / Visions of Hope. My former principal found out about this place and in late September we went to check out. So I decided to give it a shot. On October 18, 2016 it all started. Things started out slow as it was out of my comfort zone but I just had to keep on getting out of it and I’m happy I did. Getting out of my comfort zone especially when talking with people has made an impact in my life. I am no longer afraid to talk with new people, it’s something natural now."
"I have met several people from downtown, business owners and employees to a Missouri senator as well as radio DJs and three new bosses/friends of mine, Luann Honerkamp, Jessica Harmon and Jeffrey Rustige. They all have helped me during my first internship. No words can describe how much they have helped impact my life and I’m grateful they entered my life. I graduated back in May 2017 but continue to volunteer. I get to see a lot of people I know from doing this and get to visit with them when they come into the store. I’m very happy with my decision and that I made it to this day."
2019 Visions of Hope
2018 Intern Graduates
Not pictured: Kent Hendon & Trent Hendon
Jacob Razor, Morgan Gann, Andrew Presson & Dylan Conroy
May 2017 we were blessed to graduate our first 20 interns from the program. Some of them have gone on to employment while some have moved on to other volunteer positions within the community.
A few of the skills they have gained include; task completion, time management, appropriate social interaction, interviewing skills and the ability to follow directions.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT VISIONS OF HOPE?
“I LOVE Dress 2 Impress because I get awesome deals on fabulous clothes! I LOVE that my purchase supports people who are struggling and in need- whether that is an individual with autism or someone struggling to find a job. I also LOVE shopping in the beautiful store with such great ambiance. There's so much to LOVE about Dress 2 Impress Resale Boutique.”
“I love to shop local, I love to give local! I love even better to give to those that give back to support the community! Great selection, wonderful prices and adorably friendly management and volunteers!!!” 💖💖💖
“I love everything about Dress to Impress. From what they do to why they do it. The heart and compassion they show is amazing and an example to all of us. And the clothes are top quality too. Congrats to Jessica and Luann for what you're doing.”
“I love Dress 2 Impress because it has helped my son to learn much needed job skills that he may not have had a chance to learn otherwise. Luann & Jessica are the sweetest people with a true heart for Jesus. I know that when I shop there my money is truly going for a good cause and I love donating there for the same reason.”
Thanks to our Inspiration on the Runway Sponsors!
JOIN OUR MISSION!
At Visions of Hope Training Program, we believe that EVERY person deserves the opportunity and the means to fulfill their God-given potential to lead positive, productive and rewarding lives.
Visions of Hope exists to empower individuals with autism through vocational and social opportunities.
FOUNDERS & DIRECTORS
Committed to Making a Difference
In 2012, Luann Honerkamp, along with her husband, Dave found the inspiration for Visions of Hope when she read an article titled, "Who Will Care for Dana." The story featured a young woman with autism who aged out of school and her parents realized that there were no resources available for her. Dave and Luann have two godsons diagnosed with autism, so the decision was made to leave her special education teaching position to pursue this nonprofit that would provide employment and social skill training to individuals with autism.
Jessica Harmon, mom to Garrett & Morgan who are on the spectrum, came alongside Dave and Luann as co-founder and retail manager of Dress 2 Impress Resale. Jessica left her employment at Centene to pursue this dream that God has placed in our hearts.
Board of Directors
Tonya Johnson, President
Chris Massey, Vice President
Lee Thurman, Treasurer
Jessica Harmon, Secretary
Rhonda Jaster, Director
Luann Honerkamp, Executive Director
Visions of Hope
The Cleaning Crew
The Cleaning Crew Seeks to
Create Meaningful Jobs
Where Crew Members Feel
Valued and Recognized
Autos 4 Autism
April 20, 2019
@ Bonne Terre Drag Strip
Hula hoop contest
all for a great cause!
2019 was a
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Inspiration on the Runway
September 05, 2019
Your generosity, support, and encouragement helped us raise $17,940 for our 2nd annual Runway event ❤ God invited us into this dream, and to Him be the glory always.