Visions of Hope
Empowering Individuals with Autism through Vocational & Social Opportunities.
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In 2012, Luann Honerkamp, along with her husband, Dave found the inspiration for Visions of Hope. They have two godsons diagnosed with autism. Because of their love for them and some inspiration from a Parade magazine article entitled “Who Will Care for Dana”, the decision was made to pursue this nonprofit that would provide vocational 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 their hearts.
Visions of Hope is the only vocational training program in a 60 mile radius of Farmington, Missouri tailored to meet the specific unique needs of teens and adults on the spectrum.
Notes from Interns
“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.”