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New Hope of Indiana compassionately supports the most vulnerable in our community: those with disabilities, those dealing with poverty, and the underserved.
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10 Aug - Therapy Improves the Life of New Hope Client

By David Sklan, New Hope Client “Recreational Therapy has given me a boost in life skills,” says David Sklan. David has been with New Hope of Indiana for many years and began by living in the facility, then moved to living in an apartment and now resides in one of our Supported Living homes. David has participated in Recreational Therapy for many years. He first received services at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago before moving to New Hope. David has participated in many activities within Recreation Therapy, like card games, sports, arts & crafts and community outings. David...

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26 Jul - 39 years and lucky

by Lynn Feldman, Director of Supported Living Program I came to New Hope as an Occupational Therapist with three years of experience in acute care. As a young professional, long term care was not considered the route to go, so I assumed I would only be here a few years to gain experience. Thirty-nine years later I am still here, having found what cannot be adequately described. I cannot consider it a “calling”, maybe I was just lucky. I was lucky to have found a job that has given me so much joy, a sense of belonging,...

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27 Jun - New Hope Family Perspective: Getting Started at New Hope

by Denise Caudill, parent of New Hope client On St. Patrick’s Day in 2015, I felt that I had the Luck of the Irish… I finally received a call from the FSSA regarding the Family Supports Waiver. After being on the waitlist for nearly 3 years, it was the answer to a well-rehearsed prayer. After interviews, paperwork and more waiting, my daughter, then 8-years-old, finally had a case management group and a case worker. Let the long awaited therapies begin. I look back at that time and marvel at how naïve and uniformed I was. ...

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25 May - “I like the type of work that I do.”

by Claire Bozzano, Director of Human Resources Isn’t that a wonderful thing for a boss or business owner to hear? That is exactly what we recently heard at New Hope of Indiana. New Hope recently participated in an extensive survey as part of the Best Places to Work in Indiana. This is the second year in a row for participation and we saw a dramatic increase in responses from the prior year. Categories for ratings and comments included areas such as Leadership and Planning, Corporate Culture and Communications, Role Satisfaction, Work Environment, Relationship with Supervisor, Training and Resources, Pay...

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19 Apr - It’s the little things!

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration Having had the honor to serve at New Hope of Indiana (NHI) for over 36 years, I have seen and experienced first-hand our evolution. From the early struggles as a stand-alone institution, to being “rescued” by St. Vincent and the Daughters of Charity, NHI has emerged a vibrant, compassionate organization with a bright and exciting future. What has remained a constant throughout New Hope’s 39 year history, has been the mission of serving persons in need. While we have cause to celebrate our major accomplishments, particularly in the last three years...

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24 Mar - March is Disability Awareness Month!

by Kathy Ballard PhD, Director of Community Outreach March is Disabilities Awareness Month. The intention being to make all of us, supposedly without disabilities, more aware of people who do have labels of disabilities. Once again, while well-intentioned it is a mechanism for separating people. Our oldest son, Bryan, lives downtown on Mass Ave., a very hip part of Indianapolis. He doesn’t own a car, so like many of the downtown crowd, he uses his bike and the public bus. He has his favorite coffee shop, favorite bike routes, favorite neighbors and favorite things to do. He volunteers with his church, he...

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16 Mar - Increase pay for agency workers who help Hoosiers with disabilities

Recently, New Hope CEO Allison Wharry along with two other area CEOs wrote a Letter to the Editor in the Indianapolis Star to highlight efforts to increase wages for Direct Support Professionals (DSP), who are the backbone of our agencies. Below is the letter that was printed in the March 12th issue. We represent three agencies that provide services to hundreds of individuals with disabilities throughout Central Indiana. Agencies like ours provide services to help Hoosiers with disabilities become more independent, reducing the ultimate cost of those supports and advancing people's opportunities to contribute positively to our community. Central to our missions...

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15 Feb - New Hope Celebrates Three Years

Welcome to our new blog! Through this regular feature, we hope to share with you news and updates, helpful tidbits of information and an overall glimpse of life at New Hope of Indiana! Last month, New Hope celebrated our third anniversary as a stand-alone nonprofit organization on January 1, 2017. This marks another era in New Hope’s nearly 40-year history. The transition from a ministry of St. Vincent to our independent status made everyone a little nervous, even though we believed down deep that New Hope would emerge strong and healthy. However, I think we have well-surpassed what...

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