HearthStone of Wisconsin, Inc., is a self-help and advocacy organization providing information, guidance, and support to all individuals with disabilities, their parents, guardians, and advocates in support of community opportunities. HearthStone’s organizational focus is in the areas of assessment and referral services, residential facilities, and personal and vocational development. Our objective is to help provide support in order for individuals with disabilities to become an integral part of our communities.
HearthStone and its members have been recognized by the State of Wisconsin Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services and the Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities for supporting safe, decent, affordable, and accessible housing options for Wisconsin citizens with disabilities. Individual HearthStone members, including our friend Joe Feider, have also been recognized for their efforts and inspiration.
Friends & Fun
Let's go bowling. Or shopping. How about a Bucks game? Maybe a "makeover" at
a beauty salon. Or just to the movies and out for pizza. There are lots of ways
to share time and interests. HearthStone's parents' group is dedicated to facilitating social opportunities for member families who desire to participate. As a way to meet other families and individuals as well as to find ways to get closer to community recreational resources, HearthStone organizes several
"fun" events each year. In addition, we help you look for ways to develop those "natural" friendships we all value to put extra enjoyment in our lives. We're always willing to help you think of ordinary opportunities in our community for fun and friendship.
HearthStone and its members are also an important "voice" to the community in support of community integration, access to resources and, above all, building respect for persons' with disabilities. Our mission includes finding ways to communicate that people are more alike than they are "different." And that all people have an inalienable right to pursue their dreams unfettered by prejudice, isolation or pity. Our strength comes from a fierce pride in accomplishment that is known only by people willing to pursue their dreams despite barriers that many will never even begin to understand or appreciate.
HearthStone was the subject of a feature article appearing in The Sheboygan Press. The article attracted much attention to the "gap" in human services for young adults attempting to make the transition to independence. While there are many support services available, demand far exceeds supply, resulting in "waiting lists" for services such as supported employment or residential support services. Some of these waiting lists are estimated to be eight to ten years. It is also part of HearthStone's mission to further clarify the true extent of need within our communities.