In 2017, Hope Services celebrated another amazing year. We launched our Bridge Program to help people on the autism spectrum live as full members of their communities, whether at school, work, or out enjoying all that their community has to offer. HopeTHRIFT opened in San Jose, providing jobs and sustainable funding for our programs while offering value to the community through items for sale. Our EMCC programs in Salinas and Seaside moved into larger, modern facilities with versatile classrooms offering state-of-the-art media classes, computer education, and employment training. Now we are excited to introduce HopeSTUDIO, a new program designed to help our participants develop their talents as skilled, profitable artists, designing and creating handmade items, such as textiles and jewelry, to be sold online and in our thrift stores, with the artist who created the item receiving a portion of the proceeds from the sale. HopeSTUDIO’s Weaving Program is already off to a great start. Under the tutelage of master weavers, program participants learn to use looms to create beautiful, high-quality textile items, such as towels, handbags, and scarves. Our staff and artists are eager to share their passion for HopeSTUDIO with the public. Each of our four HopeSTUDIO locations (in Mountain View, San Jose, Salinas, and Santa Cruz) will soon be to the public.