Becoming a Part of Something Bigger

Becoming a Part of Something Bigger

John Pearson’s Number One Reason for Investing in New Hope

John Pearson of Pearson Ford and his son, John.

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 about social responsibility or ethical obligation. It is an emotional reaction to the work that is being done at New Hope. “I become very emotionally attached to the beautiful things that New Hope represents and what the associates offer to the clients. My gifts are always with the hope that it will give even one client a feeling of strength and independence that they didn’t have before by offering them the ability to stretch themselves out and feel a part of something bigger. Trying to make the individual feel more independent, more confident and that they are a part of something bigger than themselves, it goes a long way.”

Pearson Ford recently made a $10,000 matching contribution at New Hope’s first annual Silver Cup Celebration which resulted in over $20,000 raised to purchase a van for NHI’s latest program, AIM (Achieving Inclusion and Meaning) which will provide opportunities for young adults with disabilities to experience their communities first-hand. It’s programs like AIM and New Hope’s next venture, a one-of-a-kind food truck which will employ individuals with disabilities, that keep John Pearson coming back to New Hope of Indiana. “The Food Truck Program is the essence of how I feel about New Hope. It’s those creative ideas that leave me with that wonderful feeling that we’re making a difference, especially when I can see the gleam in the individuals’ eyes during a visit to New Hope.”

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