Frank Hoover

Frank Hoover has been charting a new course as he recovers from some health challenges.  From the time that Frank came to VIP Services, he began the process of learning about the skills he would need to work in the community.  In 2000, VIP Services helped to find him a job at Protect-All in Darien where he worked for more than 15 years, but after a serious accident, he has been rehabilitating hoping to return to his job in the community.

Frank’s path to community employment and his success in that role has involved learning to live with and manage his disabilities.  Frank was part of a mainstreamed program and attended public school through graduation.  He and his family had always known that he experienced learning disabilities, but when he was 18 years old he was also diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.

Once they understood the source of some of his behavioral issues, Frank and his family learned everything they could about bi-polar disorder.  They learned that it causes depression with feelings of sadness and helplessness and can make a person subject to severe mood changes.  In addition, they learned about what medications would help Frank to deal most effectively with the condition.

Despite these challenges, Frank continues to be a VIP Services Ambassador and recently bowled at the 2019 VIP Services’ Bowl-a-thon where his team was one of the top fundraisers!