Chuck Swift

Chuck has been in the field of developmental disabilities since 1990. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla, with a degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1983. After graduation, he worked for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Rolla, MO for 10 years. In 1990, he started an 8 person group home in Rolla, MO. As the agency began to grow, he started providing Individualized Supported Living (ISL) services in various parts of the state. By 1993, the agency had become large enough that Chuck resigned from the USGS to devote himself full time to the agency.

In 1992 the agency decided to try a new model for ISL services. This new model would be to offer a person with disabilities an option to move in with a family instead of a shift-staff home. Through the development of this model, individuals were offered more freedom of choice, more solid relationships within their communities, and the agency was able to assist them in achieving even higher goals. Within 5 years of developing this new model, the agency began to support individuals who also had behavior disorders, in addition to their developmental disability. By placing those individuals with nurturing wholesome families, behaviors were either minimized or eliminated. Individuals who had been in numerous residential settings (due to their behavior disorders) were becoming successful members of their community through the support family model.
Support families developed quality relationships with individuals, and the individuals started realizing this was a much better quality of life than being moved from facility to facility.

By 2007, the agency was providing support family services to 45 individuals and was receiving referrals from both the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and Children’s Division (CD). Through Chuck’s role in the development of this model, he began to meet individuals all over the state to determine if he believed they could be successful in a support family ISL. He developed a personal relationship with each individual and helped them to see a hope for a successful future.
Chuck was also the administrator of the agency and was responsible for nearly all communications with state agencies and other service providing agencies, as well as all normal business duties. He developed a positive working relationship with DMH and CD, and was invited to speak all over the state to encourage other agencies in the support family ISL model.

Through personal adversities, life experiences, and his faith in Christ, Chuck believes Restoring Hope, LLC’s primary focus is to bring hope to other people’s lives in a way that is not only encouraging, but is attainable and fulfilling.

 

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