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For over forty years, New Hope of Indiana has been committed to supporting individuals and families, encouraging them to live their most independent, fulfilling lives. Through services for individuals with disabilities, counseling for families in the child welfare system and advocacy efforts, New Hope of Indiana is making an impact in our communities every day.
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29 Oct - Employment Inclusion

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), but at New Hope and other disability service providers, we celebrate employment inclusion year-round. In 2016, New Hope began offering Vocational Services using referrals from Indiana's Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR). Our Vocational Services team works with dozens of individuals who are looking for assistance preparing for, finding and keeping meaningful employment. Vocational Services Team Leader, Patrick Mitchell, loves working with the people he serves. He enjoys the challenge of helping them set and achieve their goals, sometimes lofty. He says that the trick is helping to find realistic, attainable goals that have...

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29 Oct - A Note from Allison: INARF Goes to Washington

Happy fall! I hope you’ve all been enjoying this beautiful autumn! We certainly have here at New Hope. We’ve been so busy meeting new people this month! Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for our Let’s Get Cheesy event on October 3rd! If you weren’t able to attend, check out the photos. It was great fall event with pumpkin painting, music, games and, of course, mac-n-cheese! We met some new friends and introduced them to New Hope, and we were happy to see some old friends like Indiana State Senator J.D. Ford! Outside of New Hope, I’m honored to...

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29 Oct - Zeller, Speak

Greetings Friends, It is National Disability Employment Awareness (NDEAM) Month and we are celebrating the many gifts people with disabilities bring to employers. There are so many benefits to hiring people with disabilities. Not the least of which is high quality work and dedication. Besides getting the job done, hiring people with disabilities changes the culture of a workplace for the better. It broadens the understanding of people without disabilities. Instead of assuming someone cannot do the job if they have a disability, they are able to see in action that indeed they can! And just like all the rest of us,...

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29 Oct - Hanging onto Hope

by Denise Caudill-Irons, NHI Board Member and Parent If you really want to scare people this Halloween, answer honestly when they ask you how you are doing. When I do, I see the blood drain from their faces; their eyes widen and dart around the room looking for a way out; and then, they quickly escape as though my pain is contagious. Luckily, most people step into my tale of gloom, giving me the strength and comfort that has sustained me through this unexpectedly long season of extraordinary situations. As the weeks turned into months, I felt disheartened and...

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23 Oct - Change is a Good Thing

Christy Bowser does not like change. However, one change in her life that she feels has been wonderful was her move to the Laboure Group Home in July of 2018. She previously lived in her own apartment in Noblesville, and she was feeling lonely, especially after she lost her job at Marsh when it closed. Christy had loved working there for over 20 years and had many co-worker friends. She said her sister, Michelle, thought Laboure would provide opportunities to meet new friends, get to do things she enjoys and also help her monitor her diabetes....

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15 Oct - AIM Experiences AdaptFit

According to the CDC, "nearly half of all adults with disabilities don’t get any aerobic physical activity." Nearly half! Can you believe that?? Our friends at Summit Strength and CrossFit have been helping our AIM groups practice physical fitness through CrossFit training. Their new class, AdaptFit, allows nearly a dozen young adults with disabilities to enjoy the benefits of CrossFit training each week including learning new functional skills, setting personal goals and getting out of their comfort zones. Not only are the individuals we serve getting fit and enjoying themselves, their coaches are enjoying this partnership as well. Here's what Summit...

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14 Oct - Mission Minute: Traditions – Old and New

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers As we approach the holiday season, we often think about and celebrate traditions. At New Hope, the holidays seem to begin in October with the annual Fall Festival. Traditions, especially at New Hope, often include everyone’s favorite thing: eating! We like to cook together, host big family dinners, bake cookies and maybe even serve meals at a shelter. For most of us, the holiday season means celebrating many traditions. Some people continue to brave the crowds at the mall the day after Thanksgiving each year. Others decorate...

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14 Oct - Service Spotlight: Tracy Brabec

This month, Tracy Brabec is celebrating her twenty-fifth year at New Hope!  For Tracy, her many years of service have truly been a life journey.  Tracy was working for another provider in a direct care position and wanted to become a supervisor.  She heard about New Hope from several co-workers and decided to apply for a behavior clinician position in the residential facility.  Tracy was hired and later helped with the transition and closure of the facility.  She was even one of the last to leave along with several of the clients.  She became a supervisor in the Supported Living...

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24 Sep - Exploring Indy!

Jacob Nydam first joined New Hope's AIM program as a high school student at the beginning of 2019, attending only a couple of days a week. After graduating from Hamilton South Eastern this spring, Jacob began coming more often. His favorite part of the AIM program is spending time with his friends. He enjoys their trips to the park where he can explore the woods and to the library where he can read and learn new things on the computer. He also enjoys their volunteer activities with Meals on Wheels and other local nonprofits. “Jacob is constantly experiencing new adventures each...

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24 Sep - Zeller, Speak

Greetings friends, At my job here at New Hope of Indiana, I get to meet a whole lot of really special people. Not just the individuals that we serve, but my coworkers, too. There are a lot of important jobs to fill at New Hope, but one of the most important jobs is that of a DSP. DSP stands for Direct Support Professional, but I think it should stand for Delightfully Super Professionals! Because that is what our DSPs are. They provide exceptional care for those we serve. Our DSPs take their jobs seriously, while still having fun doing it. They...

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