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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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22 Oct - Some Days, You Wear the Hat

By Denise Caudill-Irons, NHI Parent and Board Member Being an effective advocate for my daughter is a skill that I have developed over years, and it continues to evolve as her needs change. I was conditioned to be a people pleaser, not to make waves and to defer to the experts. In the beginning, I blindly accepted the opinions of doctors, therapists and teachers. I willingly agreed with their treatments and plans. I trusted that they knew what was best for my daughter, and I was inexperienced and lacked confidence in my knowledge of her needs. ...

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15 Oct - Thank You to Our Friends!

Last month we were so proud to host our donors, volunteers and community partners to say thank you for all you do to support New Hope of Indiana! The group enjoyed painting and were able to tour the new Cheese and Thank You food truck, sponsored by Kroger, Pearson Ford, Old National Bank Foundation as well as some awesome anonymous donors. We were also happy to host a group of our friends at Numotion who are surprisingly good artists! We can never say thank you enough to these community partners and all of our New Hope community. They're investing in New...

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15 Oct - Celebrating Our Culture Associate Pitch-In

It has been several years since New Hope has had an event for associates and their families, so this special year seemed like a great time to celebrate with a 40th anniversary pitch-in!  Associates were encouraged to bring a side dish to share and wear clothing which reflected their heritage.  There was a wonderful variety of food from around the world.  Many of the children who came with their parents were also dressed up and they enjoyed working on crafts and playing  games with each other.  Two volunteers from the Zionsville High School Key Club helped with the kids, but shared...

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15 Oct - Mission Minute: Reverence and Diversity

The NHI Core Value of Reverence states that “we practice respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life.” As an organization, we embrace and celebrate our diversity, both in terms of who we serve as well as our associates. Representing so many cultures, varying backgrounds, perspectives, knowledge, and experience greatly enriches the New Hope mission, programs and services. A quote by the late author Maya Angelou comes to mind: “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value...

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15 Oct - Service Spotlight: Lyndi Grubb

When Lyndi Grubb interviewed with Kathy Ballard, Director of Community Outreach, fifteen years ago for a therapist position in the Home-Based Counseling program, she was excited to hear the possibility of also utilizing her art therapy background and experience. Soon after the NHI Day Services program started, Lyndi was able to do just that, by including her art therapy passion in her work. She later transferred to Behavior Services and continues to coordinate the art therapy program, which consists of painting, pottery, mosaics and other medium. Lyndi firmly believes, and certainly has experienced at NHI, that everyone has art ability,...

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25 Sep - New Hope is Making Capital Improvements

New Hope is EXPANDING!!! We are excited to announce new room additions which have been made to many of our Supported Living Program homes. Most recently, we added a new bathroom and bedroom to our Grandview II home as well as a new bedroom to our Parker II and Brendon Park homes. Two of these additions are extra special to New Hope as they are not just room additions. New Hope was able to provide these rooms to brand new residents who are now part of the New Hope family. These additions have allowed us to create...

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25 Sep - Now Presenting: Cheese and Thank You

We are so excited to be on the cusp of a brand new program, the Cheese and Thank You food truck! This week, New Hope will reveal the newly-branded truck at our Thank You event, giving donors, volunteers and community partners the opportunity to see the truck before it's revealed on social media this Friday, September 28th. This program is a unique food truck operation in which the food is prepared by, marketed and served by young adults with disabilities. We are looking for motivated, eager-to-learn individuals who are interested in learning more about the food service industry, social marketing,...

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25 Sep - Client Profile: Sandy Fries

In 1978, there were not a lot of programs or services available for persons who had experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sandy Fries lived in Illinois near St. Louis, but moved to Indiana into the New Hope of Indiana residential program, despite the distance from her family, to receive services. She lived on A-pod/Alpha Hall, later moving to Beta Hall, which specifically served individuals with TBI. Sandy was eventually able to move out into her own apartment with a Medicaid waiver. She needed additional supports, but also was very lonely, so she decided to move...

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25 Sep - Volunteer Highlight: Barb Rzepka

New Hope won the volunteer jackpot when Barb Rzepka became involved with NHI several years ago. Barb and her husband, Tom, moved to Indianapolis in 2014 from northern Indiana, to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren. They had heard about the SPRED (Special Religious Education) Program years ago through their previous church and while attending a volunteer fair at St. Monica Catholic Church decided to become involved. There are six individuals served by New Hope who are a part of the SPRED program. Barb previously volunteered at an agency similar to NHI; however, having...

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