Empowering adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, older adults, and neurotypical peers to flourish in community.
Community of Hope
Transforming environments of isolation into communities of inclusion by loving our neighbors.
Community of Hope is a 212 acre property located in Northern Cherokee County near the airport. Raymond and Karen Cash, founders of Community of Hope, chose to utilize the beautiful land for outdoor learning experiences for kids of all ages. A moderate hiking trail system was developed on over 200 acres to provide people living with disabilities, veterans, older adults, Boy Scouts, and others an opportunity to spend time in nature. The Raymond Cash family believes in the power of community to take care of the environment, animals, families, and children.
Currently, the property features walking trails that range from easy to strenuous throughout the property, an ADA accessible bathroom, and a pavilion with picnic tables. The remainder of the property is raw land, which offers a multitude of possibilities.
In the summer of 2019, a Town Hall was held at Hickory Flat United Methodist Chuch and a survey was offered to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The results are being used to guide the future for Community of Hope. The top three needs identified include:
- Supportive Employment
- Supportive Affordable Housing
Circle of Friends non-profit organization was formed immediately to provide opportunities for socialization, and to bring the community together to work on developing appropriate supports. Leadership from Community of Hope learned of the work of Circle of Friends and offered the beautiful land in Cherokee County to build a mixed-use walkable intergenerational multi-ability community.
Community of Hope will be a place where people have opportunities to socialize, work, and live among friends.