A Note from Allison: Trying to Feel Normal

A Note from Allison: Trying to Feel Normal

Allison and NHI Volunteer Drew Kogan at the 2019 Fall Festival

Happy October!

October at New Hope is always a busy time at New Hope! We have many fun fall activities, catch up on training for our associates before the end of the year, prepare for the holiday season and hold our quarterly Board meeting. These regular events have brought a small sense of normalcy back to a year in which nearly every moment has felt uncertain. And while I know that our lives are far from “back to normal”, there are a few things that I hope remain the same.

On Thursday we are hosting New Hope’s 40th annual Fall Festival. We are so happy that we are not breaking a tradition that has been around almost as long as New Hope itself! I am so thankful to everyone who has pulled together to make this important tradition a reality. As you can imagine, due to COVID and social distancing guidelines, this event will be held via Zoom for the first time ever. While we always enjoy gathering to see everyone’s creative costumes, to dance with each other and to share a meal, our planning committee is doing their best to make the virtual event just as fun! All our New Hope clients and families are welcome. If you are interested in joining in on the fun, please contact your New Hope Team Leader or our Manager of Development and Communications, Sarah Stone.

The Fall Festival has always been the first of many holiday celebrations at New Hope and we hope that remains true this year. While it will certainly look different than in past years, we hope to be able to offer just as much fun, fellowship and holiday spirit as possible over the next couple of months. As the weather gets colder, we know how much more important our virtual gatherings will become. If you’re interested in volunteering or getting involved in these efforts, we’d love to have your help! Please email volunteer@newhopeofindiana.org or visit our website for more information on how to get involved.

Finally, I want to take a moment to ask our entire New Hope community to remain vigilant and to continue to take this global health crisis seriously. Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Indiana and in many parts of the country. Please continue to keep our most vulnerable individuals and staff in mind as you make your holiday plans. Please wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, maintain social distancing and stay home when you’re sick. Let’s all do our part!

Thank you to all our New Hope families and friends for your continued support. I know this year has been one of the hardest and longest – I can’t believe that we are entering into November already! But I know that we can continue to get through this together.

I hope to “see” you at the Fall Festival!

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