A Note from Allison: Welcoming Change

A Note from Allison: Welcoming Change

Happy Autumn!

As we welcome the first days of the fall season, I can’t believe how quickly the summer has gone by. The changing of a season always reminds me that change is often something to be celebrated.

This year we have changed the ways we communicate, offer services, hire and train associates, and stay connected to our community. Believe it or not, New Hope has embraced new technology and is even hosting an online event this week! (Camp Raffle is Thursday, October 1st at 6pm!) These changes have sometimes been difficult to adjust to and have placed additional burdens on our supervisors and their teams. They are constantly changing the way we work to adapt to the latest information regarding COVID-19 and the health and safety of our New Hope community. I can’t say how grateful I am for the outstanding leadership in each of our programs that has allowed New Hope to operate smoothly (most of the time!) throughout this crisis.

Recently, we took a moment to recognize some of these exceptional associates whose milestone service anniversaries slipped past us in the midst of this pandemic. If you recognize a name on this list, please send them your congratulations! Thanks to all of these associates for their dedicated service:

35 Years
Amy Flint

30 Years
Gail Mehrlich

20 Years
Kathy Ballard
Jonel Foreste
Viola Harris

15 Years
Enest Ndebele
Janice Reynolds
Codou Wague
Jean Driskell
Omotomi Ogunmakinwa

10 Years
Doreen Kojwang
Deborah Blackwell
Penny Leeson
Adelaide Mukunga
Maimouna Traore

5 Years
Veda Johnson
Michael Ohuabunwa
Kofi Okrah
Gifty Agyei
Bimbo Bademosi
Madonna Brindle
Victor Esan
Funke Bamigbola
Betsabe Bravo-Castillo
Kenneth Rose
Theresa Anderson
Balmini Bryant

New Hope is so lucky to have so much longevity within our associates. This is important for continuity of care and continuity of traditions. Without these strong roots, New Hope would not be the organization that it is. Dedication is one of our Core Values and these associates have shown it every day for many years!

We also celebrated Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Week with gifts, giveaways and so much gratitude! These frontline caregivers are at the heart of our mission, and as I’ve said many times before, we couldn’t do what we do without them! If you or a loved one are served by one of these dedicated DSPs, please share your gratitude with them as well.

Moving forward, we will continue to practice flexibility and welcome the changes that allow New Hope to continue serving our clients in the best way, with those we serve at the center of each decision. This has and will always remain our number one priority – the health and well-being of our New Hope community.

Thanks to all of our friends and New Hope families for your continued support as we adapt to each change as it comes. We are so grateful for your understanding and encouragement!

Stay well,

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