27 Sep A Note from Allison: A Great Start to Fall
I hope you are enjoying these early days of fall!
This September has been a busy month for New Hope of Indiana. September is the month we officially celebrate New Hope’s Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). September 12-18 was national DSP Appreciation Week. We are always so appreciative of our DSPs, but after 18 months of their amazing dedication during a pandemic, we are more appreciative than ever! Thanks to many of you, we were also able to share the gratitude of our friends with these hardworking DSPs. During the same week in September, New Hope spent many hours providing in person annual training to all of our DSPs. While the training groups were small and social distancing was enforced, it was a great time to reconnect with colleagues and share our gratitude for our frontline caregivers
In addition to our annual Skills Fair Trainings, our team has been hard at work, preparing for our upcoming CARF survey. This survey takes place every three years and is a quality assurance accreditation process overseen by an unbiased third-party. Thanks to the leadership of Maija Augenbergs, New Hope’s Quality Assurance Coordinator, and other leaders, New Hope has proudly passed these surveys with flying colors in the past and we are looking forward to doing so once again.
Our Human Resources Department has also been hard at work, coming up with creative solutions to recruitment and retention efforts. In fact, New Hope’s Board of Directors convened a Special Committee on Workforce which met for the first time this month to support these efforts. The committee is focused on reviewing New Hope’s current processes and making recommendations to improve results. As always, I am grateful for the amazing volunteer leaders who serve as a part of our Board and Committees like this.
Our Development team and our dedicated event volunteers are preparing for the fourth annual Silver Cup Celebration this Thursday, September 30th at the Willows on Westfield. While the event is sold out (THANK YOU!), you can still join us to support New Hope’s Everyday Champions by bidding in the online silent auction. Bidding will remain open until Thursday at 12:15pm, so be sure to check it out before then. You can also watch the event live online on New Hope’s Facebook page or on WTHR’s website. I hope you’ll join us one way or another to show your support for our mission and the amazing people who are a part of it.
I hope the rest of your fall is great!
Take care and stay healthy,