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25 Aug - New Hope Celebrates DSP Week

Direct Support Professionals, or DSPs, are a truly under-appreciated group of dedicated caregivers. Not only do they provide necessary healthcare, they are often the biggest source of support for our most vulnerable neighbors. Individuals with disabilities often rely on DSPs for their daily needs such as personal care, meal preparation, medication administration and more. These caregivers are often the much needed support that allows individuals with disabilities to live as independently as possible. It is because of them that organizations like New Hope are able to provide high quality care. Each year in September, we recognize DSP Week, and this year,...

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25 Aug - Remembering Our Friends

Barry Clark 10/27/1955 - 8/9/2020 Barry was served by New Hope for many years. He even worked in the workshop at New Hope back in the facility days and spoke fondly of his experiences. He was an avid storyteller and history buff and loved discussing the inner workings of WWI planes. He loved model cars, trains and planes and especially enjoyed visits to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with friends and family. On any given day, you could find Barry quietly working on his various crafts that he would gift to friends and family. Barry loved fishing and always had a goal to...

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25 Aug - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings friends, I hope you are well and that you have been enjoying some of our beautiful weather, I know I have. The AIM groups have been busy visiting lots of parks, taking advantage of hiking trails and enjoying lunch outside. They even visited a park in Hamilton County that boasts a haunted bridge. Next week they will be visiting a llama farm. Day Services has been enjoying the weather too. They took some pictures with the beautiful sunflowers at Payne Road that our friend Kathe Rae helped plant. Castleton has enjoyed their outside space as well. It is disappointing that things are still the...

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17 Aug - Service Spotlight: Kelsie Winters

This month, Kelsie Winters is celebrating her 2-year service anniversary at New Hope of Indiana as Executive Assistant to the CEO, but it's really the rest of New Hope that's celebrating, because we are lucky to have Kelsie! In her role as Executive Assistant, Kelsie is responsible for supporting the work of the CEO, the Board of Directors and the leadership team all while acting as an ambassador for New Hope's mission. Her job description might seem vague to some, but that's because every day is different and requires flexibility to support a large team with a variety of projects. While...

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17 Aug - Mission Minute: Connections of Hope

Kindness and Consideration Are the Only Skills Necessary By Lauren Palmer I didn’t know much about my friend and neighbor Amanda Boyd’s job, but I knew she worked with individuals who have special needs. I also knew she was extremely passionate about it. So when Amanda invited me to a community engagement event at New Hope a few years ago, I gladly accepted. I’m ashamed to admit I have not spent much time interacting with people who have special needs, and that I have sometimes felt like I didn’t know quite what to say or how to engage with someone whose abilities and...

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28 Jul - Volunteers Needed

While COVID-19 has changed the way New Hope is able to utilize our generous and dedicated volunteers, we are still in need of your help! Volunteer opportunities are available for both individuals and groups and can be either virtual from the comfort of your own home or in-person at our Payne Road offices. Volunteering at New Hope can be especially rewarding as volunteers bring their own interests, passions and talents to the individuals we serve. The list of opportunities below is by no means exhaustive - we want you to bring your ideas to us as well! Special thanks to...

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28 Jul - A Note from Allison: An Unexpected Year

Summer greetings to our New Hope family! July is the beginning of New Hope’s fiscal year when we take time to reflect on our progress toward our strategic goals and our plans for the new year. And while this reflection has often brought me pride, this year I am especially in awe of the amazing accomplishments of our #TeamNewHope! In the first half of our fiscal year, we were so excited to launch Cheese and Thank You, the unique food truck program which provides vocational training to young adults with disabilities. We also welcomed several new young people to our family...

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28 Jul - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings Friends, I hope you are doing well and enjoying the sunshine. I know I am loving laying in the grass and soaking up some rays! I am pleased to report the AIM groups are up and running. They are doing lots of outdoor activities and having fun. I heard they went to the haunted bridge in Avon, Garfield Park, played basketball and enjoyed some inside games and fun. It is nice to see everyone and they are happy to be here and out of the house. Richie reports, “The people in our group are fun and cool to hang out with”. Another...

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28 Jul - New Hope’s DEI Advisory Committee

While this year has brought many unexpected challenges, New Hope is excited to take this opportunity to learn from our mistakes, to listen to the many different voices of our own associates, and to be a leader for inclusion in our community. In light of the many recent events which have brought our conversations to the topic of systemic racism, New Hope has created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee made up of associates of different backgrounds, who serve at different levels in our organization. The committee met for the first time this month to discuss issues related to...

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28 Jul - Walking for Dreams is August 16th

Each year, our friends at the Sycamore Foundation organize Walking for Dreams, an annual walk to support dozens of local nonprofit organizations like New Hope. Due to COVID-19, May's Walking for Dreams has been rescheduled for August 16th and several changes have been made to make sure the event is safe and meaningful for everyone involved. New Hope will be participating virtually rather than gathering downtown as usual in hopes that our walkers will stay safe and healthy. This means that you can walk in your own neighborhood on your own schedule at your own convenience! Just find time the week...

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28 Jul - Remembering Our Friends

Joy Martin 2/24/1951 - 7/6/2020 Joy lived at New Hope for over 30 years and the associates and residents became her family. She was the proud mother to her fur baby (cat), Ebony. Joy was a light to all those who knew her. She never met a stranger and enjoyed meeting other people while going out in the community. Joy loved shopping, coloring, and everything that glittered and sparkled. As you can imagine, Christmas was Joy’s favorite holiday. During Christmas, Joy was the happiest decorating the tree, receiving gifts, and eating homemade dinner. But of all these things, Joy loved her...

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28 Jul - Excited to Be Back

Denni is one of New Hope's most bubbly and friendly clients, almost always smiling and saying hello to everyone she meets! She lives at home with her Mom and Dad and Gabby the cat. She meows real loud! She also has two older brothers that don’t live at home anymore. Denni graduated from Brownsburg High School and transitioned to the AIM program when the second group started last year. She makes a great addition to the group as she speaks her mind and is very fashionable! While she enjoys her time at New Hope, she also has a long-time staff...

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15 Jul - Service Spotlight: Andrea Paille

For several months, New Hope thought about how best to transform our training programs to both meet the State’s requirements and grow our associates to meet their potential. We created a new position to facilitate a meaningful learning program for all associates with the title of Learning and Development Specialist, and earlier this year, we welcomed Andrea Paille to our team to fill this new role. Andrea comes to New Hope with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree and license in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology. She is passionate about serving others and helping them grow through personal and...

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15 Jul - Mission Minute: Dedication Takes on an Unexpected Meaning

Throughout the last several, trying months at New Hope of Indiana, our amazing associates have demonstrated each of our Core Values in their work in unexpected ways. The most incredible example of this is our Core Value of Dedication. Part of our commitment to Dedication states that we "encourage others to go above and beyond to persevere and give from the heart." We never expected to have to ask so much of our associates as we have throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They have truly gone above and beyond, serving our most vulnerable clients and sacrificing so much of their personal...

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30 Jun - Virtual Silver Cup Celebration a Success

Despite cancelling our largest fundraiser of the year, we are so excited to say THANK YOU to all of our sponsors and donors for making our Silver Cup Celebration a success! While we weren't able to gather as planned for our Third Annual Silver Cup Celebration, several of our usual sponsors contributed more than ever to support our new needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to Ascension St. Vincent, PNC Bank, Gregory & Appel, Conner Insurance and Bradley Associates for their continued sponsorship! In addition to their generous support, our friends at Pearson Ford matched the campaign's donations with a...

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26 Jun - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings friends, Guess what? I'M FINALLY BACK AT WORK! After several dog years, New Hope has finally decided to reopen Day Services at Payne Road where I work and at Castleton where my friend Oreo works. Don't get me wrong - I love a lazy day full of naps, pets and snacks at home. But boy, was I getting tired of the view from my window. At New Hope, I can visit with my friends who I missed so much! I can enjoy a walk in the courtyard and a sniff in the garden. I can even enjoy a dance party! While...

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26 Jun - A Note from Allison: Finally Some Good News

Hello New Hope friends, June has brought us some much-needed good news! All of the clients in our homes are negative for COVID-19! What else? No associates have tested newly positive since May 13th! We are finally feeling some of the weight of this spring’s work being lifted from our shoulders, and it is all thanks to the hard work of our frontline caregivers. They have worked tirelessly to provide loving service and at the same time wear PPE, keep our homes clean, the individuals we serve happy and their workplaces safe. We acknowledge that this may not be the...

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26 Jun - A Heart of Gold

While most people are tired of being stuck at home during the COVID-19 crisis, Jana Alenduff has enjoyed staying busy at home. Jana lives in New Hope's Louise Group Home with seven other women, so you can imagine how lively the house can be! Jana enjoys living in her home and gets along well with her housemates. She has been using her time at home to make paper chain decorations for family, friends and staff members. Her Team Leader, Lucinda, says, "She has always had a heart of gold!" Jana also stays active, and was a front runner in New Hope's...

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26 Jun - Cheese and Thank You is Taking a Break

We know our loyal fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of the Cheese and Thank You food truck and its mouthwatering mac-n-cheese topped with BBQ pulled pork, veggies or buffalo chicken. Unfortunately, New Hope of Indiana has made the difficult decision not to send the truck out into the community this year and to put the program on the back burner for now. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution because of the health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It would be incredibly difficult for our client staff members to socially...

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23 Jun - Remembering Our Friends

James “JR” Eaton 5/28/1956 – 6/9/2020 If New Hope ever had a “Mr. Congeniality” award, there is no question that James “JR” Eaton would have won. With his charming personality, engaging smile and delightful sense of humor it's no wonder he easily became friends with everyone around him, many of them becoming friends for life. This includes people he met at his schools, churches, Bradford Woods Camp, and his many years being served by New Hope. JR lived with his parents until he moved into the New Hope residential facility in 1985. His parents, Bob and Sara, were volunteers at New Hope facility...

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