Restoring Hope is in the News!


The West Plains Chamber of Commerce has named Restoring Hope, LLC as the Business of the Week.

“Our agency is delighted to be chosen as West Plains Chamber of Commerce Business of the Week,” said Office Manager Diane Smithey. “We contract with many host home families and relief workers in this region and employ a growing number of program managers, nurses, and clerical staff in our Central Office located here in West Plains.

“Owners Chuck Swift and Jeff Smith are pleased and grateful, as we all are, for the opportunity to contribute to the economic growth of the local community, and to be an advocate for the rights of people with developmental disabilities in this area.”

Restoring Hope, LLC contracts with the Missouri Department of Mental Health to meet the needs of individuals with development disabilities in the community by providing a safe, healthy and wholesome environment through families who desire to build genuine relationships. This also provides a substantial income opportunity for families in their own homes to help support their financial needs.

“We at Restoring Hope believe it is our mission to support those with disabilities by encouraging and assisting them to accomplish health and fitness goals, valued personal goals, and a sense of belonging in their home and community,” Smithey said. “We provide a supportive atmosphere of love, care, acceptance, dignity, and respect while upholding their right to make their own decisions and choices, be an integral member of the community in which they live and be the best that they have the desire to be.”

Restoring Hope began in October 2008 when owner and administrator Swift funded the agency to serve as a contract provider with the Department of Mental Health in the Springfield region. Having worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1990, Swift soon expanded the agency to include the Children’s Division of Social Services.

In 2011, Swift partnered with co-owner and chief of operations Smith. Under their direction, the agency quickly grew to include the Poplar Bluff, Kirksville, Central Missouri and Kansas City regions. Today, Restoring Hope has more than 160 employees and contractors and supports 70 individuals with developmental disabilities throughout the state.

“Our name says it all,” said Smithey. “Our agency aims high to ‘restore hope – one family at a time.’ “