Honoring the Legacy of Herb Hoelter

Herb's legacy is not just in the programs he founded or the policies he helped transform; it is in the personal stories of those he helped empower.

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Herb Hoelter, Co-Founder of NCIA

It is with a profound sense of loss that we mourn the passing of Herb Hoelter, the visionary co-founder of NCIA. Herb’s relentless dedication to social reform and his unwavering belief in the potential of every individual has left an indelible mark on our community and the thousands of lives he touched.

Herb’s journey with NCIA began over 46 years ago when he set out to challenge the status quo of the criminal justice and human services systems. His pioneering approach was driven by a simple, yet powerful belief: “Everyone deserves a second chance to be successful.” This philosophy did not just shape NCIA’s mission; it transformed lives. Under Herb’s leadership, NCIA grew from a small initiative into a national beacon of hope, providing support for over 21,000 individuals often overlooked by other programs.

Most recently, Herb embarked on a new chapter, launching a foundation dedicated to expanding NCIA’s reach and impact. This move was a testament to his lifelong commitment to innovation and advocacy. Even as he stepped down from his role as CEO, his influence remained, continuing to guide NCIA on its mission to deliver timely intervention and unconditional support.

Herb’s legacy is not just in the programs he founded or the policies he helped transform; it is in the personal stories of those he helped empower. He provided more than just aid; he offered dignity and a path forward for the most vulnerable among us. His work has ensured that adults and youth with disabilities, the economically disadvantaged, and individuals reentering society from correctional institutions have the support they need to lead fulfilling lives.

As we reflect on Herb’s monumental contributions, let us also look forward with the same hope and determination he taught us. Furthering his vision and expanding the horizons for those in need. His words and deeds have taught us the power of unconditional support and the impact of personal attention. Herb Hoelter’s memory will forever inspire us to strive for a just and compassionate society.

Herb is survived by his indomitable spirit and the countless individuals he inspired. As NCIA moves forward, we remain dedicated to the principles Herb held dear, ensuring his vision endures and flourishes.

Herb Hoelter was more than a co-founder; he was a beacon of hope and a catalyst for change. His legacy will guide us for generations to come, reminding us all of the impact one passionate individual can have on the world.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the newly established NCIA Foundation, a cause close to Herb’s heart aimed at expanding resources and support for the disadvantaged and disabled communities we serve.

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