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16 Jul - Mission Minute: We Really Are One Team!

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Several months ago, Tiffany Mitchem, Seton group home Team Leader, wanted to make a very special trip happen for her aunt, Bethany Skinner, who is served by NHI and resides at the Center Street supported living home. Bethany’s father, who is also Tiffany’s grandfather, lives in northeast Indiana and is unable to travel due to health issues. It had been six years since Bethany and her father had seen each other. Planning for the visit involved numerous associates coordinating efforts to ensure everything needed was in place for the trip. Erron Fleshman, SLP...

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26 Jun - A Note from Allison: Sharing Our Gifts

Happy June! Lately, I have been thinking about gifts, especially the gifts of the wonderful people surrounding New Hope. Some gifts are obvious like Lynn Feldman’s artistic and quilting ability that is demonstrated by the beautiful quilt she recently made. Some of them not so obvious like the gift of an individual we serve to make us smile; the gift of presence from one staff member to another; the gift that our maintenance people give the individuals we serve by letting them help and feel like “one of the guys”. The gift of love, care and devotion that...

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25 Jun - A New Hope Photo Contest

Calling all New Hope photographers! As part of our 40th Anniversary celebration, we will be hosting a photo contest throughout the month of August. We have so many wonderful photos, old and new, and would love to see yours! We are having a contest with three categories: -Best vintage/old NHI photo; from the residential facility, when group homes and supported living homes were first started, Special Olympics, group shots, Halloween party, lip sync, or whatever other throwbacks you may have -Best photo which reflects the Core Values: Reverence, Service, Dedication, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity -Best current or more recent photo of NHI fun...

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25 Jun - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings, my friends!   Ah summer…when the days are long and the nights are stuffy. I hope you are enjoying the weather as much as I am! Don’t forget to use your sunscreen and drink lots of water during the summer and be sure you do not leave pets or children in the car alone please. There are many exciting things going on this summer! Individuals in Day Services are doing a lot of gardening and have even harvested some of the results already. Some are participating in the Helpings of Hope Gardens and others in Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. We have also developed a...

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22 Jun - New Programs Beginning Soon

Many young adults with disabilities have a difficult time transitioning from high school into adulthood. Unfortunately, services for these individuals are often limited and resources can be difficult to find. New Hope is committed to creating innovative programming that will meet the needs of these young adults. Our new Transition Services Program will consist of two programs: AIM: Achieving Inclusion and Meaning and the Food Truck program. Both of these new programs will be community-based and will offer skills-training in several areas to better prepare participants for living independently in adulthood. AIM is designed for young adults with disabilities who are...

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22 Jun - “40 Years of Hope” Quilt Revealed

On Monday, June 25th, we enjoyed a good old fashioned ice cream social at our main offices on Payne Road as part of our 40th Anniversary celebration. It has been tradition over the years for staff and clients to make a decorative quilt to commemorate certain points in New Hope's history. This year, New Hope associates from each program contributed quilt squares featuring our six core values: Service, Dedication, Wisdom, Integrity, Creativity and Reverence. Lynn Feldman, Director of Supported Living and 40-year New Hope associate, is a talented seamstress and quilter. She quilted each square together beautifully in honor of...

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22 Jun - Thank You to Our Dedicated Board Members

June 30th marks the end of service for three long-time New Hope Board Members, Dr. John Bloom, Tami Mantsch and Donna Cameron. We are so grateful for their contributions to New Hope over the last several years! John came to New Hope after his neighbor, Susan Robinson, introduced him to the mission and invited him to learn more about what NHI is all about. He most recently served as Vice Chair of the Board. Tami is the mother of former New Hope client, Holly. As a strong advocate for her daughter and individuals with disabilities, Tami brought a unique and...

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22 Jun - Volunteer Highlight: Bill Ray

One of the most popular and memorable annual events at NHI for the past twenty years has been the Friends of the Fox trips to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in May. Friends of the Fox was started by race driver, Stan Fox, who sustained a traumatic brain injury in the Indianapolis 500. Following his recovery, he wanted persons with disabilities to experience the Speedway “up close and personal” and started, the Friends of the Fox Foundation. After Stan passed away, Bill Ray and another friend, Ron Kucer, were determined to continue the Friends of the Fox legacy. The IMS provides...

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22 Jun - Client Profile: Marcia Carithers

This month we are highlighting another individual NHI has served for 40 years: Marcia Carithers. Marcia also has the honorable distinction of being the oldest individual we serve at 86 years! When she lived in the residential facility, Marcia was on A Pod, later called Alpha Hall. She was one of the lucky few to have her own bedroom. When the group home program was started, Marcia moved to the Laboure home and resided there for several years. She was able to move into her own apartment, which she really loved. In recent years, she has lived in a couple...

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13 Jun - Service Spotlight: Godfrey Onuchukwu

Ten years ago, Godfrey Onuchukwu was looking for a new employment opportunity and was referred to New Hope by a friend; he has never looked back. Godfrey is a Direct Support Professional (DSP) in the Supported Living Program and his primary site is McCollough. Throughout the years, Godfrey has worked in multiple programs and sites and is devoted to the individuals he serves. He really enjoys accompanying individuals out in the community to parks, ball games, out to eat, and to special activities. At Christmas time, Godfrey took a client to multiple stores so the individual could purchase just the right...

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