After nearly a decade of efforts, New Hope of Indiana opened as a state of the art facility serving adults and adolescents with developmental disabilities on March 13, 1978. New Hope provided for their residential and programmatic needs. In 1988, New Hope of Indiana was purchased by St. Vincent Hospital and was renamed St. Vincent New Hope. The philosophy of St. Vincent, and particularly the Daughters of Charity, strengthened the St. Vincent New Hope ministry.
With a mission to enhance the lives of persons served, St. Vincent New Hope opened three group homes in 1989. This commitment to community living and integration precipitated the decision to stop admissions in 1990 and gradually downsize the residential facility. Additional group homes were added and the Supported Living Program began operation in 1993. By 1996, with a grant by the Daughters of Charity Foundation, thirty, three-person supported living homes had been acquired, most of which were fully accessible. The last residents of the facility moved into the community in 1996 and the residential facility ceased operation, though the administrative offices remained in the building.
As the Group Home and Supported Living Programs continued to grow and thrive in the early 2000’s, New Hope created new programs and expanded services to address other needs within the community. In 2000, New Hope began to support adolescents in their family homes, eventually becoming the Family Community Services (FCS) program. Then, in 2002, the Home-Based Counseling Program was implemented, providing counseling and case management services to families in the Marion County Juvenile Court system for family preservation.
Recognizing the residential clients’ need for meaningful activities during weekdays, St. Vincent New Hope created a Day Services Program in 2008 which opened in the main office building. Individualized recreational therapy and music therapy were later added to complement the Day Services programming. Behavior Services expands to provide services to persons not served by other New Hope Programs.
With the ever-changing healthcare climate and after much careful discernment, the Boards of Directors of St. Vincent New Hope and St. Vincent Health made the decision to separate organizations. On January 1, 2014, New Hope came full circle and became New Hope of Indiana, Inc., an independent not-for-profit organization once again.
Seeking to further innovate and provide the next level of service to families and individuals, the Vocational Services Program began in 2015, providing job discovery, placement and evaluation to help clients realize their dreams and become more productive members of their community. New Hope of Indiana also expanded the Day Services Program to two additional locations in 2016 and became the first provider in Indianapolis to offer services through the PLAY Project in 2017, creating individualized training for parents and caregivers of children with autism.
Through these diverse programs, New Hope of Indiana continues its mission of serving those in need of care and support as it celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018. Sustaining the vision of the original families, the legacy of the Daughters of Charity and the values of St. Vincent, New Hope of Indiana looks forward to 40 more years of hope, providing the highest quality service and always evolving to meet the needs of families and individuals throughout the Indianapolis community.