Farewell to ‘Mother Rose’
Austin Chronicle, 1/10/2003
In 1966 a mother of five, Rose McGarrigle, relocated to Austin, Texas from pre-war Berlin, Germany, by way of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rose realized the desperate need for quality day care for children with both physical and mental handicaps. With little help from the state or local officials, Rose converted the garage of her West Austin home and took her red Volkswagen bus around all of Austin, collecting youngsters and bringing them into her sunny room, complete with music, toys and love. Hope House was born in Rose’s garage with Rose as the Director and a new Board of Directors to assist. She was relentless in finding ways to be with the children who needed her. She got local churches involved, Austin Friends Meeting and the Crestview Methodist Church and weathered storms produced by her students. She used her own house to give room and board to several youngsters mixed with her own children until the number of children and needed space outgrew the circumstances. A kind neighbor donated a “fixer-upper” house on the outskirts of Austin where, with a lot of help from others, Hope House lived for 8 years.
Eventually, the land and facility where Hope House now lives was donated and a sprawling country home was built, with the kind and loving attention of her family, her friends, a dedicated and committed staff, and several foundations in Texas.
Rose instilled in us all God’s love for children who need it the most. Rose worked every day until her very last Jan. 1, 2003. On this day she asked the workers to take care of “her kids” and left the facility in the capable hands of her devoted staff and under the direction of Ginger Hernandez, an assistant that trained with Rose for over 10 years. Ginger retired in early 2008 and the directorship is presently in the very capable hands of Mr. David Gould.
By the grace of God, Hope House has operated for over 40 years.
- Loving atmosphere with personal, individualized care for all ages
- Heart-warming, home-like environment featuring a cheerful, sunny setting and gentle, affectionate pets
- Exceptional facilities situated on five rambling acres
- Spanish-style, single story estate with large bedrooms, over-sized kitchen, sun room, and game area
- Indoor and outdoor playscapes
- Charming courtyard and picnic facilities
- Healthy, well-balanced meals and snacks
- Special education curriculum available at the local public school
- Excellent medical care just minutes away
- Numerous opportunities for outings, travel, games, fun activities and stimulating experiences, with access to many community recreational facilities