26 Feb A Note from Allison: Hoping for Spring
Who is ready for spring? I know we at New Hope are! It has been a tough winter because of snow, freezing temperatures and wind. Our wonderful New Hope associates have worked tirelessly so that all of the individuals we serve are safe and warm. Thank you to all of them!
Can you believe New Hope of Indiana, Inc., a stand alone not-for-profit, is entering into its sixth year? Lots of very positive things have happened in the last five years and the New Hope Board of Directors and New Hope’s Operating Council are working on a new Strategic Plan to take us into the next six years. We are also working on New Hope’s Mission and Vision Statements. Our current statements were taken largely from St. Vincent. Now that we have passed our five year mark, it is probably time to begin to sculpt New Hope’s own, unique Mission and Vision. One thing that will not change are our Core Values: Service, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity and Dedication. Our goal is to have the new statements and strategic plan ready to begin at the start of New Hope’s 2020 fiscal year on July 1, 2019.
As part of our strategic planning process, New Hope associates met with families whose children were young and who were either new to or not participating in residential services at New Hope. We wanted to learn the long-term vision these families had for their children. I am so thankful that I was able to sit in on all three of the sessions. Thank you to all those who participated because we all learned a lot! Families learned from each other and New Hope staff learned from every family. One of the first takeaways for us was that families wanted an opportunity to communicate with each other. To that end, we are starting a private Facebook group for all New Hope families today! Families are invited to join by logging into Facebook, searching for New Hope Closed Group and requesting to join. We will also work throughout the year to provide new opportunities for families. We will keep you posted.
Finally, I want to encourage each of you to sign up for Voter Voice. Our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) really need an increase to on average $13 an hour. Through Voter Voice you can help them get there. If you do not know about our important legislative agenda you can learn more from our partners at INARF.
I hope the next time I write, spring will have sprung.
Have a great month!