Author: New Hope

14 Nov - New Hope’s Social Life is Better than Mine

Last week we welcomed three surveyors from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and were pleased to hear that they found all of the great things that we see in our work every day. Here's just a little of what they learned. In our music therapy program, clients like Stephanie work toward personal goals such as getting a job or a driver's license. Sometimes, these goals are daunting and they may seem out of reach or overwhelming. To better cope with that frustration and to express the emotions that come along with it, people like Stephanie are choosing popular...

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12 Nov - Delving Deep into Thankfulness

by Denise Caudill Irons, NHI Parent and Board Member As I reflect on the things for which I am grateful, I tend to focus on the superficiality when it comes to my daughter. For instance, I am thankful that she is happy and healthy. I am grateful that she loves going to school, has a good sense of humor, and is friendly and kind. I realize that although I find it difficult to see her developmentally behind her peers, I am thankful that we don’t have to participate in the high-achieving, college bound track. If she were...

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30 Oct - Client Profile: William Webster

William Webster has always liked to dress up and it is surprising he has not been featured in GQ (Gentleman’s Quarterly) as he is best described as “dapper.” William was one of the individuals recognized for being served for 40 years at NHI. He resided in the residential facility on Delta/D pod. His desire to look sharp, dates back many years as he would dress up in a suit when his family planned to visit him at the facility. He would patiently await their arrival, hoping his Aunt Blue would bake him a sweet potato pie. ...

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30 Oct - A Note from Allison: Be Kind

It is with a heavy heart that this letter is sent to you. We are all saddened by the past week’s events in Pittsburgh. I was happy to be greeted by a new sign outside our New Hope doors. New Hope is a kind and loving place for the people we serve and the associates who work here. If you want to come visit a place that is hate-free and happy, come see us! I can’t believe October is nearly over. It has been a very busy month - probably the busiest of all months. ...

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30 Oct - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings friends! I am happy to tell you that the Castleton Day Services program is getting a Facility dog from Canine Companions for Independence!! That is where I came from too. Dorine Saladin, fondly known as DG, will be traveling to the regional center of Canine Companions in Dublin, Ohio, to be trained with the dog. She will be there for a full week, learning all kinds of things and being matched with a dog. The dog may be male or female, black or yellow, a golden retriever or a lab or a mix of the two. We don’t know yet...

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30 Oct - Remembering Our Friends

Richard Collins 2/4/1969 - 10/23/2018 Richard grew up in Ohio. As Richard would share, he experienced troubling times during his teen years and sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Seeking services, Richard moved into the NHI residential facility in 1990 and resided on the Beta unit, which served persons with TBI. When the facility began downsizing he moved to the Depaul group home and later to the 96th St. supported living home. Several years ago, Richard had the opportunity, as a part of the New Hope Client Speaker’s Bureau, to speak to high school groups about his life in hopes...

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30 Oct - Looking to the Future of Disability Services

During the last legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly passed HEA 1102 which provided for a task force to study the future of disabilities services in Indiana. Since then the 1102 Task Force (“Task Force”), chaired by Lt. Governor, Suzanne Crouch, has been meeting across the state. The Task Force recently released its report to the General Assembly. A summary of the report's recommendations prepared by INARF, New Hope’s trade association, is also available. At New Hope's October Board meeting, INARF's President and former NHI Administrator Steve Cook presented New Hope's leadership team with an overview of...

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25 Oct - Fashion Mall Dreams

Not that long ago, Stephen shared his dream of working at Indy's Fashion Mall with his Employment Consultant in our Vocational Services Program. This program helps individuals with disabilities who are interested in working in the community or starting their own micro-business. Through goal-setting, interview skills-training and other types of pre-vocational support, our Employment Consultants work with each individual to find the perfect employer match for them through Indiana's Vocational Rehabilitation Services. After an individual is hired, they continue to receive ongoing support until they are stable in their new role. Employment Consultants also work with employers to facilitate communication...

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22 Oct - Some Days, You Wear the Hat

By Denise Caudill-Irons, NHI Parent and Board Member Being an effective advocate for my daughter is a skill that I have developed over years, and it continues to evolve as her needs change. I was conditioned to be a people pleaser, not to make waves and to defer to the experts. In the beginning, I blindly accepted the opinions of doctors, therapists and teachers. I willingly agreed with their treatments and plans. I trusted that they knew what was best for my daughter, and I was inexperienced and lacked confidence in my knowledge of her needs. ...

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15 Oct - Thank You to Our Friends!

Last month we were so proud to host our donors, volunteers and community partners to say thank you for all you do to support New Hope of Indiana! The group enjoyed painting and were able to tour the new Cheese and Thank You food truck, sponsored by Kroger, Pearson Ford, Old National Bank Foundation as well as some awesome anonymous donors. We were also happy to host a group of our friends at Numotion who are surprisingly good artists! We can never say thank you enough to these community partners and all of our New Hope community. They're investing in New...

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15 Oct - Celebrating Our Culture Associate Pitch-In

It has been several years since New Hope has had an event for associates and their families, so this special year seemed like a great time to celebrate with a 40th anniversary pitch-in!  Associates were encouraged to bring a side dish to share and wear clothing which reflected their heritage.  There was a wonderful variety of food from around the world.  Many of the children who came with their parents were also dressed up and they enjoyed working on crafts and playing  games with each other.  Two volunteers from the Zionsville High School Key Club helped with the kids, but shared...

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15 Oct - Mission Minute: Reverence and Diversity

The NHI Core Value of Reverence states that “we practice respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life.” As an organization, we embrace and celebrate our diversity, both in terms of who we serve as well as our associates. Representing so many cultures, varying backgrounds, perspectives, knowledge, and experience greatly enriches the New Hope mission, programs and services. A quote by the late author Maya Angelou comes to mind: “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value...

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15 Oct - Service Spotlight: Lyndi Grubb

When Lyndi Grubb interviewed with Kathy Ballard, Director of Community Outreach, fifteen years ago for a therapist position in the Home-Based Counseling program, she was excited to hear the possibility of also utilizing her art therapy background and experience. Soon after the NHI Day Services program started, Lyndi was able to do just that, by including her art therapy passion in her work. She later transferred to Behavior Services and continues to coordinate the art therapy program, which consists of painting, pottery, mosaics and other medium. Lyndi firmly believes, and certainly has experienced at NHI, that everyone has art ability,...

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25 Sep - New Hope is Making Capital Improvements

New Hope is EXPANDING!!! We are excited to announce new room additions which have been made to many of our Supported Living Program homes. Most recently, we added a new bathroom and bedroom to our Grandview II home as well as a new bedroom to our Parker II and Brendon Park homes. Two of these additions are extra special to New Hope as they are not just room additions. New Hope was able to provide these rooms to brand new residents who are now part of the New Hope family. These additions have allowed us to create...

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25 Sep - Now Presenting: Cheese and Thank You

We are so excited to be on the cusp of a brand new program, the Cheese and Thank You food truck! This week, New Hope will reveal the newly-branded truck at our Thank You event, giving donors, volunteers and community partners the opportunity to see the truck before it's revealed on social media this Friday, September 28th. This program is a unique food truck operation in which the food is prepared by, marketed and served by young adults with disabilities. We are looking for motivated, eager-to-learn individuals who are interested in learning more about the food service industry, social marketing,...

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25 Sep - Client Profile: Sandy Fries

In 1978, there were not a lot of programs or services available for persons who had experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Sandy Fries lived in Illinois near St. Louis, but moved to Indiana into the New Hope of Indiana residential program, despite the distance from her family, to receive services. She lived on A-pod/Alpha Hall, later moving to Beta Hall, which specifically served individuals with TBI. Sandy was eventually able to move out into her own apartment with a Medicaid waiver. She needed additional supports, but also was very lonely, so she decided to move...

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25 Sep - Volunteer Highlight: Barb Rzepka

New Hope won the volunteer jackpot when Barb Rzepka became involved with NHI several years ago. Barb and her husband, Tom, moved to Indianapolis in 2014 from northern Indiana, to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren. They had heard about the SPRED (Special Religious Education) Program years ago through their previous church and while attending a volunteer fair at St. Monica Catholic Church decided to become involved. There are six individuals served by New Hope who are a part of the SPRED program. Barb previously volunteered at an agency similar to NHI; however, having...

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25 Sep - A Note from Allison: Thank You from New Hope!

Happy First Week of Fall! September has been an awesome month at New Hope of Indiana! September 9th-15th was Direct Support Professional (DSP) Appreciation Week! New Hope has over 330 DSPs that do amazing things every week providing love and support to all the individuals they serve each day. We really cannot thank them enough for all that they do, so it is great to have one week dedicated to DSPs. Did you know that 25% of New Hope DSPs have been with us 10 years or more? DSPs live New Hope’s Core Values every day. Their Dedication,...

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18 Sep - In Our Lane

by Denise Caudill Irons Being a parent of a child with differing needs, I have experienced unexpected challenges to my perceptions about learning and what constitutes a successful education. One of my daily struggles is to release ingrained viewpoints that I have learned or subconsciously absorbed throughout my life. I grew up striving for straight A’s in order to pursue a college education that would help me procure a good job and become independent. I deeply believed in the old adage that if you work hard, you can achieve anything. I witness my daughter working hard on...

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