Dana Hooper is a social entrepreneur and the Director of Life Services Alternatives in Silicon Valley. He passionately supports the rights of the developmentally disabled. Dana works hard in the South Bay with governments to improve housing, services, and requests for them. Dana continues to move the needle in residential living for the developmentally disabled in the South Bay as he works tirelessly with state and local governments on affordable housing, quality services, and human rights. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and is a former Santa Clara Chorale board member. And he was also a past president of the San Andreas Regional Center where his son is a client in supported living.
Life Services Alternations is a non-profit organization founded to provide exceptional community living and programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Despite the many challenges, LSA has expanded its organization to fifteen homes throughout Santa Clara County over the last fifteen years.
Listen in to learn about Life Services Alternatives mission, growth, and the challenges faced along the way, including the uphill task of recruiting and training quality staff and raising funds for acquiring homes. Plus, advice for anyone passionate about running such organizations and how volunteers and board members play a significant role in shaping the organization.
“I have my oldest son who is developmentally disabled, and over the years I got more and more involved with him, with his disabilities, with advocating for his rights, and people like him.” – Dana Hooper
“The first thing is to find your passion, and then you can follow it. I wanted to give back, I was able to give back, and I had the passion to do it in this space.” – Dana Hooper
“For others, they may need to be patient and wait for the right time to jump in. But in the meantime, volunteer, find some place to jump in and help, even if it's only a few hours a week.” – Dana Hooper