Author: New Hope

23 Feb - Client Spotlight: Geraldine Keeling

The New Hope residential facility opened its doors on March 13, 1978. The first person to move in that day was Geraldine Keeling, who is still being served by New Hope today! Before coming to New Hope, she had been living with her parents, who were interested in finding a place she could live which would provide activities and where she could have friends. She moved in and resided on D Pod/Delta Hall. Geraldine later moved to Seton Group Home in 1992, where she continues to reside. Geraldine enjoys coming to the Payne Road Day Services program and...

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23 Feb - A Note from Allison

I ❤ New Hope! During this Valentine’s month, you may have seen these signs all around New Hope and on our social media. Amanda and I are posing here with the sign and you can see more pictures on our Facebook page. Please feel free to print your own sign and tell us why You ❤ New Hope! Why do I ❤ New Hope? ♥The big smiles on the faces of the individuals we serve each day. ♥The loving and compassionate care provided by our DSPs. ...

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23 Feb - The Unexpected Benefits of New Hope

by Denise Caudill, NHI Parent When considering what therapies you want your child to receive, you also need to think about where he or she will receive the services. Some providers offer in-home sessions in addition to on-site therapy. Understandably, not everyone has the option of going outside the home environment for treatment. Only you as the parent and/or caregiver can decide what option is best suited for your child and family. For us, receiving music therapy and recreational therapy at New Hope of Indiana offered what we needed and a few unexpected benefits. In previous years, three...

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14 Feb - Service Spotlight: Scott Boleman

I have enjoyed working at New Hope of Indiana for several decades. I began working at New Hope in early 1979 which means I have shared about 62% of my life with New Hope and with the people here. In my younger years, I was more interested in social concerns and social equity. Working in typical business jobs did not seem appealing then and it still does not today. Currently, I am one of thirteen New Hope Behavior Consultants. This entails a lot! Just a few of the many essential skills are being a good teacher and a listener. In...

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14 Feb - Mission Minute

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration “Where there is love, there is life.” This simple quote by Mahatma Ghandi shows how love is truly the essence of life. Everyone knows February is the month of love, not just in a romantic sense, but for our families, friends, coworkers/jobs and certainly, in the big picture, our fellow human beings. There is no question that love is abound at New Hope. We are in the second month of our yearlong 40th Anniversary celebration, and so far, it has been a lot of fun and there is much more to come including the Birthday...

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05 Feb - A Tribute to Our New Hope Valentines

By Sr. Mary Satala, former New Hope associate The year was 1991. The date was February 14th - Valentine’s Day. It was in the evening that I arrived on my new Mission in Indianapolis. The drive down from Chicago had been treacherous because the roads were coated with ice all the way to Indy. Cars, big rigs, SUVs had slid off the road. Weather-wise it was a bitterly cold, sleety world that particular day. So much for Valentine’s Day. Little did I know, however, that the spirit of Valentine’s Day was not gone. Why?...

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29 Jan - The Story of the Silver Cup

by Steve Cook, Former New Hope CEO I recently gave Allison Wharry, current New Hope of Indiana CEO, a silver cup that was given to me by my mentor Bob Cannon who served as the second administrator for New Hope. New Hope was the first large private residential facility for people with developmental disabilities in Indiana when it opened in March of 1978. The program was funded through Medicaid via a per diem rate for each individual living there. At the time, Medicaid was administered by the Indiana Department of Public Welfare, which preceded the current state agency, Family...

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17 Jan - A New Hope Associate Reflects

by Dorothy Nowlin-Love, Transportation Assistant I think it is the spirit of hope and love that is demonstrated throughout New Hope. That is how my journey began at New Hope. I started working as a teenager in the year of 1978, in the Food Service Department as an associate. Looking back through the years, I can still hear the voices of laughter of the past between the staff and the individuals we still serve enjoying and interacting with each other at meal times. When St. Vincent took over New Hope, the vision of New Hope continued to grow...

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15 Jan - Mission Minute

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration It’s January and you know what that means: time to make that often dreaded list of resolutions; lose weight, get more exercise, save more money, etc. All great ideas, but what usually happens with New Year’s resolutions? We join a gym, perhaps start a diet or maybe avoid the sales at our favorite stores; all of which typically lasts about a month. Good intentions and initial “gung ho” motivation; however, very challenging to maintain, especially if there is little progress or success. With 2018 being such a special year for NHI, I would like...

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02 Jan - New Hope Celebrates 40 Years of Hope!

2018 marks a momentous year for New Hope of Indiana as we celebrate 40 years of hope. Since our doors opened in 1978, we have provided those with disabilities and families in need of care and support with programs that are impactful, innovative and compassionate. Whether clients have been with us for one week or 40 years, they have found staff who are devoted to providing support and ensuring that they have the tools to reach their full potential. Over the years, we’ve heard powerful words from a number our families: “New Hope has created and supported an environment that...

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22 Nov - Join New Hope on #GivingTuesday!

by Sarah Stone, Executive Assistant As a senior studying at IU, I first heard about Giving Tuesday after a professor encouraged me to do some research on charitable giving. I was in the middle of a semester studying and working in Washington D.C. where I felt like everyone I met had been made jaded by the city’s politics and crime. Away from the inclusive, small town community of Bloomington, I wasn’t completely convinced that my nonprofit management major would ever really pay off. But in early November a mentor of mine sent me a link to a short article titled “5...

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31 Oct - New Hope’s Big Idea to Connect People to Employment

by Larry Messing, Manager of Development When I joined the New Hope staff in the Spring of 2016, I was immediately struck by how innovative and empowering our programming is. One of the first projects I heard about was an effort to create a food truck that will be staffed by people with disabilities and serve delicious food around Indianapolis. This program will teach vital workforce skills to young adults coming out of high school, providing them with the tools needed to find a rewarding job. Participants will learn culinary, customer service and sales skills, which are so important...

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30 Sep - New Hope Adds Program for Children with Autism

by Amy Flint, Director of Placement Services Two years ago, a CARF (Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) surveyor asked us if we were familiar with the PLAY Project. That’s all it took for us to research the PLAY Project and figure out how to get certified. New Hope has a team of consultants providing behavior services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and we thought this therapeutic program would fit nicely with our current services. New Hope has one Certified PLAY project consultant and another in training and is the only agency licensed to offer this program...

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10 Aug - Therapy Improves the Life of New Hope Client

By David Sklan, New Hope Client “Recreational Therapy has given me a boost in life skills,” says David Sklan. David has been with New Hope of Indiana for many years and began by living in the facility, then moved to living in an apartment and now resides in one of our Supported Living homes. David has participated in Recreational Therapy for many years. He first received services at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago before moving to New Hope. David has participated in many activities within Recreation Therapy, like card games, sports, arts & crafts and community outings. David...

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26 Jul - 39 years and lucky

by Lynn Feldman, Director of Supported Living Program I came to New Hope as an Occupational Therapist with three years of experience in acute care. As a young professional, long term care was not considered the route to go, so I assumed I would only be here a few years to gain experience. Thirty-nine years later I am still here, having found what cannot be adequately described. I cannot consider it a “calling”, maybe I was just lucky. I was lucky to have found a job that has given me so much joy, a sense of belonging,...

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27 Jun - New Hope Family Perspective: Getting Started at New Hope

by Denise Caudill, parent of New Hope client On St. Patrick’s Day in 2015, I felt that I had the Luck of the Irish… I finally received a call from the FSSA regarding the Family Supports Waiver. After being on the waitlist for nearly 3 years, it was the answer to a well-rehearsed prayer. After interviews, paperwork and more waiting, my daughter, then 8-years-old, finally had a case management group and a case worker. Let the long awaited therapies begin. I look back at that time and marvel at how naïve and uniformed I was. ...

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25 May - “I like the type of work that I do.”

by Claire Bozzano, Director of Human Resources Isn’t that a wonderful thing for a boss or business owner to hear? That is exactly what we recently heard at New Hope of Indiana. New Hope recently participated in an extensive survey as part of the Best Places to Work in Indiana. This is the second year in a row for participation and we saw a dramatic increase in responses from the prior year. Categories for ratings and comments included areas such as Leadership and Planning, Corporate Culture and Communications, Role Satisfaction, Work Environment, Relationship with Supervisor, Training and Resources, Pay...

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19 Apr - It’s the little things!

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration Having had the honor to serve at New Hope of Indiana (NHI) for over 36 years, I have seen and experienced first-hand our evolution. From the early struggles as a stand-alone institution, to being “rescued” by St. Vincent and the Daughters of Charity, NHI has emerged a vibrant, compassionate organization with a bright and exciting future. What has remained a constant throughout New Hope’s 39 year history, has been the mission of serving persons in need. While we have cause to celebrate our major accomplishments, particularly in the last three years...

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24 Mar - March is Disability Awareness Month!

by Kathy Ballard PhD, Director of Community Outreach March is Disabilities Awareness Month. The intention being to make all of us, supposedly without disabilities, more aware of people who do have labels of disabilities. Once again, while well-intentioned it is a mechanism for separating people. Our oldest son, Bryan, lives downtown on Mass Ave., a very hip part of Indianapolis. He doesn’t own a car, so like many of the downtown crowd, he uses his bike and the public bus. He has his favorite coffee shop, favorite bike routes, favorite neighbors and favorite things to do. He volunteers with his church, he...

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16 Mar - Increase pay for agency workers who help Hoosiers with disabilities

Recently, New Hope CEO Allison Wharry along with two other area CEOs wrote a Letter to the Editor in the Indianapolis Star to highlight efforts to increase wages for Direct Support Professionals (DSP), who are the backbone of our agencies. Below is the letter that was printed in the March 12th issue. We represent three agencies that provide services to hundreds of individuals with disabilities throughout Central Indiana. Agencies like ours provide services to help Hoosiers with disabilities become more independent, reducing the ultimate cost of those supports and advancing people's opportunities to contribute positively to our community. Central to our missions...

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