Frequently Asked Questions

Most of the questions we often get about Benjamin's Hope can be found below. If you don't find the answer you're looking for, email us at

What is autism?

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. Autism is a spectrum disorder and it affects each individual differently and at varying degrees. (Autism Society)

How often does autism occur?

1 in every 68 children born will receive a diagnosis of autism. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014)

Why is autism on the rise?

No one is sure.

Research is looking at the relationship between genetic predispositions coupled with a variety of toxins in the environment. There are those who believe autism results from the impact of exposure to toxins during specific times in development en utero, toxins within vaccinations and/or environmental toxins.

Also, the diagnostic criteria has expanded. People who may have previously received different diagnoses are now understood to fall within the range of an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis.

Does Benjamin's Hope only serve people with austism?

No. Benjamin’s Hope serves a broad range of people, including those with Downs Syndrome, Intellectual Impairment, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other developmental differences. However, those with autism are presently underserved in our county, which makes this a special area of focus for us.

Is Benjamin's Hope a segregated environment?

It couldn’t be further from it! Individuals who call Benjamin's Hope home are regularly engaged in the broader community, often in settings not specifically designed for people impacted by disability. This engagement includes being employed in traditional work settings, volunteering at community organizations like the Holland Museum or Kids Food Basket, and attending community events with friends not impacted by disability.  Our goal is to support residents in every way possible in pursuing their interests and goals as contributing members of the community. 

In order to better support our residents in their goals for engagement in the greater community, we have applied for and received grants for several vehicles which allow us to offer them safe and reliable transportation. We are also partnering with local township authorities in working toward improved access to public transportation for all members of the community. 

What are Benjamin's Hope's core values?

Every life, every person, is of value.

Every person needs and deserves a life of dignity and meaning.

We are all capable of meaningful and productive work, which intrinsically helps us know that we are persons of value who contribute in a real and substantive way to community.

We all need to have relationships with people who care about us, and with whom we have mutually chosen to develop real and reciprocal relationships.

We intentionally choose to live in a spirit of grace with one another, acknowledging that all people have limitations.

We acknowledge Jesus Christ as sovereign over all creation, and seek to honor Him in our relationships, endeavors, and hearts.

How many people does Benjamin's Hope serve?

There are currently 27 individuals who call Benjamin's Hope home. Hundreds more individuals and families from the surrounding community are served by our beautiful open campus and The Gathering, our weekly inclusive worship service.

Don't see the answer to your question here? Email us at or give us a call at 616-399-6293. We'd love to share more with you!