21 Dec A Note from Allison: Happy Holidays
New Hope is very jolly this time of year! We have had a Hanukkah party and a TON of Christmas parties. You can find pictures of many of these holiday celebrations on our Facebook page. We have also celebrated the end of our 40th year of Hope! Check out our recap of all the fun celebrations and events we enjoyed in 2018.
Thank you to everyone who has been part of New Hope for the past 40 years. Whether you are an individual we serve, an associate, a family member, a board member, a provider, a donor, a volunteer, a friend or contractor/service provider, you all have played an important role in our last 40 years. We hope you will continue to play that role in the years to come!
As we are wrapping up (no pun intended) our annual giving campaign for the year and you are thinking about where to make your end of the year donations, please consider supporting New Hope of Indiana. We have been able to do lots of exciting new things this year at New Hope because of generous donations from you and others like you. Without your support, we would not have been able to start our new Transition Services program, AIM (Achieving Inclusion and Meaning), or purchase our food truck, Cheese and Thank You, that is scheduled to start in March. These programs are primarily focused on students leaving high school who are looking for community-based programs. Because of you, New Hope can now offer the programming these students and their families need. Please help support these important programs!
Not only is New Hope seeking funds from you, we are seeking millions from the Indiana General Assembly for increases to Direct Support Professional (DSP) wages with the help of other providers and INARF. This year we will be asking for approximately $80 million to increase DSP wages to an average of $15 per hour. We will need everyone’s help to get this done! We have already heard from Chairman Todd Huston that money will be tight. During the upcoming long legislative session, we will be asking for your grassroots advocacy as we fight for this important funding. Our DSPs do incredibly important work and work incredibly hard. They deserve $15 an hour!
Happy New Year! We are looking forward to 2019: the year of creativity at New Hope!
Peace and love,