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22 Jun - Client Profile: Marcia Carithers

This month we are highlighting another individual NHI has served for 40 years: Marcia Carithers. Marcia also has the honorable distinction of being the oldest individual we serve at 86 years! When she lived in the residential facility, Marcia was on A Pod, later called Alpha Hall. She was one of the lucky few to have her own bedroom. When the group home program was started, Marcia moved to the Laboure home and resided there for several years. She was able to move into her own apartment, which she really loved. In recent years, she has lived in a couple...

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13 Jun - Service Spotlight: Godfrey Onuchukwu

Ten years ago, Godfrey Onuchukwu was looking for a new employment opportunity and was referred to New Hope by a friend; he has never looked back. Godfrey is a Direct Support Professional (DSP) in the Supported Living Program and his primary site is McCollough. Throughout the years, Godfrey has worked in multiple programs and sites and is devoted to the individuals he serves. He really enjoys accompanying individuals out in the community to parks, ball games, out to eat, and to special activities. At Christmas time, Godfrey took a client to multiple stores so the individual could purchase just the right...

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13 Jun - Mission Minute: Associate Financial Assistance (AFA) Program Launch

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration We are very pleased to announce the highly anticipated Associate Financial Assistance (AFA) Program will begin on July 1, 2018! Thanks to you, our compassionate New Hope associates, board members, St. Vincent Health, the Daughters of Charity and New Hope, the funds needed to begin the AFA Program were raised. Some of you may remember the $34.77 Program that existed when New Hope was a part of St. Vincent. Named in honor of the Daughters of Charity who started St. Vincent Hospital in 1881 with only $34.77, that program provided interest-free loans to St....

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29 May - A Note from Allison: Summer Changes

Happy summer, friends! The month of May is always exciting in Indianapolis, but this one has been especially exciting for New Hope of Indiana! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! To everyone who sponsored, attended, planned, donated to, created for and bought at New Hope’s first annual Silver Cup Celebration on May 3rd! What a great celebration it was! Starting with the New Hope choir singing Lean on Me, to our wonderful new video and prescient remarks by Dr. Rick Gunderman, all being emcee’d by WTHR 13’s Anne Marie Tiernon, our community really got to see and feel what...

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29 May - Remembering Our Friends

Jerilyn “Jeri” Hogan July 20, 1962 - April 23, 2018 Jerilyn or Jeri was a very happy person, who smiled and enjoyed being with people. Prior to moving to Laboure group home in 2006, she lived at the Frederic Group Home. Despite ongoing health issues, Jeri was a trooper and did not let her health bring her down. In recent years she attended Castleton Days services and really enjoyed having her nails done, listening to country music, dressing up for parties and special occasions, and of course, socializing. She also liked to go bowling, attend the monthly Kiwanis...

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29 May - Client Profile: Rick Borkowski

Rick was recently honored as one of the Class of ’78, having moved into the NHI residential facility when it first opened in 1978. He resided on D Pod/Delta Hall and moved to the Riley Rd. Supported Living Home in 1996. Just last month, in April, Rick moved to the 74th Place SLP home. Rick is very social; he loves to flirt with the ladies and also tease others, especially D.G. Saladin, Team Leader at the Castleton Day Services. D.G.’s brother, Jeff Konrady, is Rick’s best friend, with whom he resided both in the residential facility...

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29 May - First Annual Silver Cup Celebration a Success!

Thank you so much to all of our friends and donors who contributed to make New Hope's first annual Silver Cup Celebration such a success and helping us raise over $72,000 in sponsorships and donations. With Pearson Ford's generous $10,000 matching contribution, $20,000 will go directly to the purchase of a van for the new Transition Services Program. The remainder of the funds raised will help us make an impact in the lives of those we serve. Thank you to St. Vincent for presenting this event as our Platinum Sponsor and to all the other sponsors: PNC, Pearson Ford, Insperity,...

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23 May - Becoming a Part of Something Bigger

John Pearson's Number One Reason for Investing in New Hope [caption id="attachment_19931" align="alignleft" width="300"] John Pearson of Pearson Ford and his son, John.[/caption]New Hope of Indiana is a place that makes its way into the hearts of its visitors. Whether they come for a special event or for a quick visit, it's the people that make a difference. For John Pearson, the people served through New Hope's diverse services are the reason he continues to invest in programs like the new Transition Services Program coming this fall. "It's an emotional feeling rather than a sense of responsibility," Pearson says. It isn't...

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23 May - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings, my fine friends! I have GREAT news! Our food truck has arrived and we will be open for business before you know it! We're still working on naming the truck so watch your email for a chance to vote on your favorite name! We will be serving mac-n-cheese with all kinds of toppings like barbecue, hot chicken, veggies, bacon, etc. It's making my mouth water, just thinking about it! This will be the first food truck in the nation to have individuals with disabilities both prepare and sell the food. We will be teaching basic culinary skills in food preparation, customer service...

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11 May - Mission Minute: A Life Lesson

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration Recently, Mai Cooper-Nolen, DSP in Supported Living, shared a story of an interaction she had with Rick Borkowski which she referred to as a life lesson. I believe her inspirational story bears repeating with some additional thoughts. Mai wrote: Please allow me to share one of the many lessons I have learned over the years from our clients. I would say this one is one of the most profound teachings, I have had at New Hope of Indiana. I was working at Riley Road assisting Rick with a shower early in the morning. We were...

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11 May - Service Spotlight: Pam Givens-Horne

Pam Givens-Horne has worked at New Hope of Indiana since June of 1988 when she began work as a skills trainer in Beta Unit, serving people with traumatic brain injuries. Pam has stayed at New Hope for 30 years because she genuinely enjoys what she does every day, especially getting to serve those with disabilities. Over the years, she has found ways to help those she serves live their best lives by taking them to the race track, going to see shows at Beef and Boards, and even visiting Disney World! Pam now serves New Hope's clients as a Team...

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24 Apr - A Note from Allison: New Hope Stories

Spring Greetings from New Hope of Indiana! I am thankful for every day that we have sunshine and no rain or snow! I am also thankful for the sunshine we see in the faces of the people that we serve and our associates every day. New Hope is such a joyful place. It is hard to understand unless you experience it, so please come for a visit! You are also invited to come to our first Silver Cup Celebration on May 3 from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Willows on Westfield. Tickets are on sale until Friday, April 26th, so there is...

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24 Apr - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings, my friends. Remember when you left high school and you had to figure out what was next? There were lots of options to think about: work, attend college or trade school, move out of state, join the Peace Corps or VISTA. There were lots of choices. Too often for students with disabilities who are exiting high school, there aren’t a lot of choices. That’s why I am excited to tell you about a NEW program New Hope of Indiana is starting in August 2018! Our new program is specifically designed to offer those students exiting high school, another choice in the...

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24 Apr - Remembering Our Friends

Thom Green 11/30/1966 - 3/25/2018 Thom moved into the NHI residential facility in 1987 and resided on Beta Hall, which served individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Thom was valedictorian at his high school in New Albany, but was in a car accident soon after which resulted in the brain injury and other health issues. When the residential facility was being downsized for closure, Thom moved to the Dunlap Supported Living home and later to the 74th Place home, where he resided for many years in his bright red bedroom. Thom’s sense of humor was very apparent as he loved to tell jokes and...

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24 Apr - Volunteer Highlights: Angela Heitman

At the New Hope of Indiana Open House in September 2017, Angela Heitman came with several of her co-workers from Numotion, a durable medical equipment supplier and NHI partner, to see the all of the changes from the remodel at the NHI main office. While taking a tour at the open house, something just clicked for Angela and she knew she wanted to volunteer at New Hope. She has volunteered throughout her life and New Hope is a good fit given her connection through Numotion. Since November of 2017, Angela has been involved in a lot of activities and is...

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24 Apr - Mission Minute: Reverence

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration The NHI Core Value of Reverence states: “We practice respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life.” Supporting those most vulnerable and recognizing when others need help is one of the ways Reverence is exemplified. While our focus is certainly serving individuals and families in need, our mission would not survive without our dedicated associates. When NHI was a part of St. Vincent Health there was a program called the $34.77 program, named for the Daughters of Charity who came to Indianapolis in 1881 with just $34.77 and started St. Vincent Hospital. This...

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23 Apr - Client Profile: Jeff Konrady

Jeff Konrady loves all things military, especially airplanes from WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars. He enjoys looking at history books on the various wars and has learned a lot about the vintage planes over the years. A highlight was when he was able to take a plane ride with his brother, Bernie, about six years ago near where he grew up. Jeff was one of the individuals recently recognized at the New Hope Birthday Party as a part of the Class of ’78. Jeff moved into the residential facility in 1978 from his parents’ home in northern Indiana. When the facility...

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23 Apr - What New Hope Means to Me

by DG Saladin, NHI Team Leader When asked to write a blog post for New Hope of Indiana, I wasn’t quite sure where to begin. Searching for ideas on what to write about, I conducted an informal survey at Castleton Day Service asking, “What does New Hope mean to you?” I surveyed anyone who wanted to participate assuring them that there were no wrong answers to this question. The answers were varied and spontaneous. I heard responses like: New Hope is “a good place.” New Hope is “family.” New Hope is “music.” New Hope is “a place to help me with healthy choices.” New...

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16 Apr - Service Spotlight: Lynn Feldman

I came to New Hope in 1978 as an Occupational Therapist right out of college. When I was in OT school, we kept hearing about a new facility for individuals with disabilities but then nothing seemed to come of it. Then, several years after I had graduated, I found that New Hope had finally opened and not only was there an OT position available but the person I had gone to school with oversaw the OT department. My first day was very interesting. New Hope was getting ready to open two new wings – I spent...

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16 Apr - New Hope’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Continues

March was a big month for our yearlong 40th anniversary celebration with the wonderful birthday party. What a memorable time everyone who attended had; the heartwarming program recognizing our Class of ‘78 individuals, associates and physicians; special guests of honor Daughters of Charity, debut of the reflection book, a festive selfie station, yummy cupcakes, and much more. Our thanks to Amy Flint, Director of Placement, who did a superb job of coordinating the party. In April, there is not a specific 40th event; however, we are hoping to capture some of the wonderful stories and memories of associates, individuals served,...

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