Hopewell Raises $5 Million; Halfway to $10 Million Goal

Cleveland, Ohio, July 22, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CLEVELAND, Ohio – Hopewell, a therapeutic farm community foradults with mental illness, has announced a $10 millioncomprehensive campaign, and already has raised $5 million towardthat goal.

Sally Cutler (Mrs. Alexander M.), honorary chair of thecampaign, said, “The purpose of our campaign is to ensure thesustainability of this remarkable resource well into the future.”Gifts received during a “silent” phase over the past two yearsinclude two anonymous gifts totaling $1,850,000.

Hopewell is a working farm located on 300 wooded acres in ruralMesopotamia. All daily farm activities – from animal care togardening, cooking and grounds maintenance – are carried out byresidents and staff working together. Hopewell is theonly facility of its kind in Ohio and one of only a handful in theUnited States. It helps adults with schizophrenia, schizoaffectivedisorder, bipolar disorder, major depression and other forms ofserious mental illness.

According to executive director Richard R. Karges, LISW-S, ACSW,”At Hopewell, we help individuals believe in their own potential,develop the skills they need to manage their mental illness, andtransition to more independent living situations. Every day, weexperience the healing power of nature, community and meaningfulwork. Hopewell’s holistic model of care is based on our belief thateveryone can find hope and experience success. Our ongoing outcomestudy results show the effectiveness of our model, and we see thepositive results every day.”

Chair of the campaign is Susan LaPine, former executive directorof the Zoological Society and a member of Hopewell’s board ofdirectors. She adds, “Our campaign has received a tremendous boost.A challenge grant from an anonymous donor will match, dollar fordollar up to $1 million, any gifts or pledges received throughDecember 31, 2014, for endowment, capital or general operating.This is a wonderful endorsement of Hopewell’s mission and ourcampaign goal.