What is Hollis Adams?

Our mission is to open the world to adults with developmental disabilities in central Indiana.

Hollis Adams (HA) is a privately funded nonprofit that has served adults with developmental disabilities for 50 years. We offer social, recreational, and community-based opportunities through a wide variety of events and activities.

The Legacy of Hollis Adams

In 1969, parents of individuals with developmental disabilities founded Hollis Adams (HA) to meet the evolving needs of children aging out of the educational system. Originally called Activities of Daily Living (ADL), the primary focus of Hollis Adams was learning and practicing basic skills with an emphasis on increasing independence. Participants learned to cook, clean, and follow a schedule in a sheltered environment surrounded by peers and parents. As a result of the close-knit group of parents and children, many lasting relationships were formed and the vision of Hollis Adams’ founders began to expand.

In 1985, the Foundation was named a beneficiary of the estate of Rose Marie Ellis. The gift was in honor of her friend, Margaret Healey, who was active with the Foundation. With this wonderful and unexpected gift, the Board renewed their commitment to serve adults with developmental disabilities, but chose to focus their efforts on quality social and recreational activities. Initially, most of the social activities involved one-time outings to special events such as concerts, plays, and short driving trips to nearby towns and landmarks. The Board ultimately decided to offer ongoing programs, starting with square dancing lessons and water aerobics. Thanks to the dedication and creativity of our staff, HA programs realized incredible growth. Now we have expanded beyond evening activities to include HAFriends: four days of engaging outings, skill building activities, volunteerism opportunities, and social recreation each week. HA is proud to be a family environment, focused on providing a place for our friends to establish and grow lasting, meaningful relationships and contribute to our local community. Each day of HAFriends includes both pre-planned events and impromptu activities and trips chosen by our participants. HAFriends now functions as a safe, loving platform for interacting with friends, improving social and practical skills, and developing healthy routines. Currently, Hollis Adams evening activities and HAFriends are making a positive impact in the lives of over 250 participants, and our numbers are increasing each month.

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