The Elaine Clark Center’s mission is to enable children and young adults of all abilities to become confidant and contributing citizens of the community through an innovative model of education, therapeutic play, and experiential opportunities. Sister Therese incorporated the Center in 1969, naming it in honor of one of her profoundly deaf students whom she taught to read and communicate. Though Elaine passed away at 7 years old in an automobile accident, the legacy of Elaine’s growth under Sister Therese’s instruction from lives on at the Elaine Clark Center. With a strong belief in the successes of inclusion, children who are typically developing have been admitted to the Center since 1994. In 2009, Heart of Hope Academy, which serves children with developmental challenges between the ages of 5 and 22, merged into the Center, making it an even stronger resource for families through comprehensive care for individuals with special needs in all stages of childhood growth.