Following the blizzard of 1978, New Hope of Indiana opened as a state of the art facility serving adults and adolescents with developmental disabilities. With a capacity of 200, New Hope provided for the residential and programmatic needs of residents. In 1988, New Hope of Indiana was purchased by St. Vincent Hospital and was renamed St. Vincent New Hope. The Vincentian philosophy of St. Vincent and particularly the Daughters of Charity, strengthened the St. Vincent New Hope ministry, enabling growth opportunities.
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 philosophical decision in 1990 to stop admissions and gradually downsize the 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 purchased and renovated or constructed, most of which are fully accessible. The last residents 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 also sought opportunities to address other needs within the community. The Children Youth Community Services (CYCS) started in 2000, utilizing the Medicaid Waiver to support adolescents in their family homes, later becoming Family Community Services (FCS). 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 abuse and/or neglect of their children. Recognizing the need for meaningful activities during weekdays the New Hope Day Services Program was started 2008, located in the main office building. Individualized recreational therapy and music therapy were added to complement the Day Services programming. Additionally, Behavior Services was expanded providing 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. a stand-alone 501(c)(3) once again. The legacy of the Daughters of Charity lives on as New Hope Indiana forges a new and exciting journey of serving persons in need.