Amid the bustle of the downtown’s varied shops and eateries lies a hidden gem — a place of inspiration for those suffering from debilitating neurological conditions, such as brain and spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, MS and neurophathy.
Moving With Hope, Inc., the brainchild of Tad Duni, is a nonprofit agency located in a nondescript building on Center Street, but inside, according to Duni, dreams come alive for individuals suffering from brain and spinal cord injuries through a cost effective, personalized regimen designed to put them on their feet again.
“Our mission is to provide year-round access at an affordable price in the community for those people recovering from moderate to severe neurological conditions,” said Duni, who opened the business in 2010. “This is critical because other programs like this are only research oriented. No one provides what we do.
“An angel has been guiding us on the right path, and we’ve accomplished some amazing things,” added Duni. “We have a goal here … a mission. Our goal to help people, and if you don’t have that, you don’t belong in this business.”
Duni said his operation provides financial assistance to all families in need of long-term recovery that have limited resources. Moving With Hope offers year-round post-acute outpatient physical, occupational, speech and cognitive therapies for people with complicated neuroendocrine and orthopedic diseases.
“Every minute spent with these people is precious,” said Duni.
Moving With Hope works with some 50 people a year, ages 20 to 86. During the past year, Duni’s team of three full-time and eight part-time employees provided more than 24,000 hours of direct client services, which aided in the clients’ functional independence dramatically improving, he said.
Starting this past month, Duni said Moving With Hope expanded its services to include skilled occupational therapy, physical therapy and SLP. These additional services will complete Duni’s community-based model goal of providing the best possible opportunity for people to realize optimal recovery, health, wellness and independence.