Author: New Hope

22 Feb - Raising Black Voices

At New Hope of Indiana, we value the many people of color who make up our community. We believe that the unique experiences and values that they bring to our mission are vital to the work that we do. New Hope is committed to amplifying the diverse voices of #TeamNewHope and of the individuals we serve. This Black History Month, we are proud to do just that for three amazing Black women who make an impact at New Hope of Indiana every day. Carolyn Short, DSP, 7 Years of Service I was born in Muncie Indiana and raised in Indianapolis. I was raised in a...

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22 Feb - Remembering Our Friends

Valerie Reaves 10/3/1965 - 2/10/2022 Valerie was an amazing mother, wife, colleague and friend whose coworkers will never forget her caring and kindness. She was also a tireless worker who remained on her feet cleaning, cooking, and taking care of her ladies' needs. She was a rock and advocate for the ladies she served and she will be greatly missed by her clients and colleagues at the Arlington site and everyone at New Hope. We are so grateful for her nearly 20 years of service to New Hope of Indiana. Read more....

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25 Jan - Save the Date: Fifth Annual Silver Cup Celebration is August 18th

Save the date! New Hope of Indiana’s fifth annual Silver Cup Celebration luncheon on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 11:30am at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. This year we celebrate having hope – and the many ways in which that hope unites us all as one community. Once again, we’re proud to have our emcee, Anne Marie Tiernon from WTHR, join us and are excited to welcome guest speaker Sam Schmidt, former IndyCar driver, race team owner, philanthropist and disability advocate. Sam will share his incredible story of hope and resilience. Tickets are available here. You can contact  Jenny Pfeil at jpfeil@newhopeofindiana.org to...

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25 Jan - Remembering Our Friends

Michael McCormick 6/30/1965 - 12/8/2021 It is with great sadness that New Hope announces the passing of Michael McCormick on December 8th. Michael was served by New Hope for over 16 years! Michael spent many years attending New Hope’s Day Services at Payne Road where he enjoyed socializing with everyone. At his home in our Supported Living Program, Michael enjoyed making tea and coffee, visiting with his mom and brothers, playing Connect Four, working on puzzles, listening to music and socializing with his housemates. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael’s family, caregivers, Gifford and Day Services individuals, staff and all who called...

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25 Jan - Choosing Caution, Not Fear

By Denise Caudill Irons, NHI Board Member and Parent During the early weeks of the pandemic, I was surviving while providing some semblance of normalcy for my family. But as the days wore on, I began to feel insulated and comfortable existing in our bubble. I felt an overwhelming sense of relief when schools went virtual and the shelter in place guidelines were instituted. I live with a constant undercurrent of fear for my daughter’s welfare. As she matures, my fears also grow. It feels as if I have a news ticker of all of the bad things that could happen...

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25 Jan - A Note from Allison: Off to a Great Start

Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a good start. New Hope’s year has already been fast and furious! Earlier this month, New Hope spent three days with surveyors from CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), demonstrating the high-quality services that we offer. This survey allowed us to highlight the well trained caregivers on our team, and discuss the many ways that New Hope is making an impact in the lives of the individuals we serve. The survey went well, and the initial feedback of the surveyors was extremely positive. I am, as always, incredibly proud and grateful...

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14 Jan - National Mentoring Month: Bringing Smiles

January is National Mentoring Month! At New Hope of Indiana mentorship is often an informal relationship and can be found woven throughout our mission. Much of the work that our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) do to support the individuals in their care involves mentoring them - teaching life skills for independence, practicing good decision-making, and encouraging them to set, meet and exceed personal goals. This month, we are celebrating two important New Hope mentors who support individuals with disabilities in achieving their dreams.   AIM's Community Mentor Lashawnda Wright I was referred to New Hope by a former coworker in September of 2016. When...

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28 Dec - A Year in Review: 2021

As we enter into the new year, we are celebrating some of our favorite 2021 moments. January - February 2021 New Hope's caregivers became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in January, a huge step toward better protecting the individuals we serve through the pandemic. Just a few weeks later, the individuals served in New Hope's residential programs began to receive their own vaccines. April 2021 Garden Club and other in-person volunteer activities resumed at New Hope's Day Services programs for the first time in 12 months. May 2021 The Indianapolis 500 Festival Princesses came to visit and gave some special pace car rides to the...

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28 Dec - Voices of New Hope

Growing up I lived with my single mother, Kim, my older brother Coi, my sister Maisha, younger brother Larry and younger cousin, Ashley in the Butler- Tarkington neighborhood located on the Northside of Indianapolis. It was a close-knit community of neighbors, family, and friends where everyone looked out for one another. I loved playing Kickball games with my siblings and cousins and eating soul food - smoked pork chops, mixed greens, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese and my Mom's extra-hot chili. I graduated from Arsenal Technical High School, attended Ivy Tech State College. In 2021 I returned to...

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28 Dec - Holiday Volunteers Bring Cheer to New Hope

This holiday season, New Hope has been fortunate to have the support of dozens of volunteers to bring some holiday cheer to the individuals we serve. In our Day Services program, nearly 20 volunteers made the holidays bright with seasonal crafts, holiday bingo, sing-alongs and visits from Santa and his elves. Special thanks to New Hope's Maintenance team for their creativity and caring which made these holiday parties so extra special! Check out the photos on Facebook. Continuing a decades-long tradition, our partners at Ascension St. Vincent came together through the Hope for the Holidays program to deliver holiday gifts to...

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28 Dec - A Note from Allison: A New Year

Happy New Year, friends! Can you believe 2021 is coming to an end? After making it through the early days of the pandemic in 2020, New Hope of Indiana entered 2021 full of hope. This year, though, the challenges of COVID-19 did not magically resolve themselves. The previous months taught us how to grow together, to value innovation and collaboration, to step outside of our comfort zone and to rely on each other to get through the toughest moments. New Hope of Indiana has not only survived the worst days of this pandemic; it continues to succeed thanks to #TeamNewHope and the...

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30 Nov - Spreading Holiday Hope

This Giving Season we are thankful for partners like the Columbia Club for their extra support during the holidays. This month, young adults in New Hope's AIM program enjoyed some festive holiday ornament making alongside members of the Columbia Club Leadership Group. These Hope ornaments will be on sale at the Club through December and proceeds will directly support New Hope's mission this holiday season. The Columbia Club isn't alone in their generous holiday support this year. We are proud to continue our decades long tradition of Hope for the Holidays with our friends at Ascension St. Vincent. New Hope...

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30 Nov - Voices of New Hope: Holiday Cheer

The holiday season is often a time of happiness, tradition and magic. At New Hope, we LOVE the holidays and all of the fun and festive moments that they bring. We asked some of our clients what they enjoy most about the holiday season. Here is what they shared.   “I like Thanksgiving because we bake a turkey. I’m most thankful for Mom and Dad.” Jacob “I like Christmas. I like celebrating it with my family. I like Christmas shopping and baking cookies.” Denni “I’m excited for Christmas Eve. A holiday to me because ever since I was a little kid we would have...

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30 Nov - A Note from Allison: Thankful Thoughts

For many people, Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season each year. It is a time to share our gratitude for one another and for the many blessings in our lives. At our Payne Road Day Services, many of the individuals we serve and our associates have been sharing what they are grateful for this Thanksgiving. Rather than my usual monthly update, I want to share what we are happy for at New Hope. Here are some highlights: · Loved ones · Day Services · Amazing Coworkers · Life · Friends · God · Candy · Family · Home · New Hope of Indiana   Today, I am also grateful for New Hope,...

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17 Nov - A Strong Family Bond

Family has always been important to Christy Bowser. She has a picture of her mom, who has been gone for 20 years, next to her bed. She worries about her aging dad, who lives in Florida with her sister Michelle. While her mom and dad are important to her, it’s her sister Michelle with whom she is the closest. Christy lights up when she talks about Michelle, who has made it a priority to ensure for Christy’s health and well-being. Long before the term “autism” was widely used, Christy was diagnosed with a mild intellectual disability as a child. Christy describes...

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17 Nov - The Norman Family

For a majority of her life, Courtney, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a child, was cared for by her dad, stepmom and grandparents. Her dad Rick knew that as he and his parents aged, he needed a long-term plan for Courtney’s care. A friend told him about New Hope and after checking out the residential program, Rick knew Courtney could get better care from those who are trained to do so. He also liked that she could attend Day Services and be more active. However, moving Courtney into her new home brought concerns. Rick was understandably anxious about...

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26 Oct - A Note from Allison: Fall Updates

Happy Halloween! October seemed to fly by here at New Hope. We started the month full of gratitude after our most successful Silver Cup Celebration ever where you helped us raise over $121,000 to support New Hope’s mission! The Silver Cup was a wonderful event where we honored New Hope's #EverydayChampions who have tirelessly provided service throughout the pandemic and announced our annual award winners. Without much rest in between, we also enjoyed a fun tradition, our annual Fall Festival, where individuals and associates enjoyed a costume contest, dancing and some cherished reunions after many months apart. To keep everyone safe...

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26 Oct - 2021 New Hope of Indiana Award Winners

One of the highlights of this year's Silver Cup Celebration was honoring a few of our very own #EverydayChampions. We are so blessed with a great network of caring, dedicated and selfless individuals who support our mission in their own unique way. Please help us recognize this year's New Hope of Indiana award winners. 2021 Partner in Service Award The local Kiwanis Club has been a partner to New Hope of Indiana for well over 30 years. Most recently, the Kiwanis Club of Northwest Indianapolis has been a vital partner to New Hope's mission. Kiwanis has sponsored the Fall Festival each year...

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26 Oct - Thanks for a Great Silver Cup Celebration

by Jenny Pfeil, Director of Development The Fourth Annual Silver Cup Celebration was held on September 30, 2021 at the Willows on Westfield. After not holding the event in 2020 due to COVID, this year’s event was our most successful yet! We were able to share the New Hope story with the over 240 guests who attended the luncheon and raise over $122,000! This year’s theme was #Everyday Champions and we celebrated the wonderful New Hope associates who have gone the extra mile this past year and half to provide the very best care to those we serve as well as...

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26 Oct - Four Decades of Loving Care

by Ken Rose, Manager of Capital Operations Anyone who knows New Hope’s Transportation Coordinator, Dorothy Nowlin-Love, knows how much pride she takes in maintaining our fleet of over 40 vehicles. She works tirelessly to ensure our vehicles remain safe, clean and in excellent shape, and has done so for the better part of her over-40 year career at New Hope of Indiana. Recently, the oldest vehicle in our fleet, a 2002 Ford E-350 van equipped with a wheelchair lift and equipment to safely transport people who use wheelchairs, known as van 329, needed a minor repair. Dorothy took it to a local repair...

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