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25 Feb - Bingo is Back!

For over twenty years, Kiwanis has sponsored a monthly Bingo night for individuals served by New Hope of Indiana. The North Central Kiwanis Club started and coordinated Bingo for most of those years, and New Hope is so appreciative of their dedication. Thankfully, when that club decided to dissolve their chapter, another club, Northwest Indy Kiwanis graciously offered to sponsor Bingo night so that this favorite New Hope monthly activity could continue. This club also has long-time involvement with New Hope and provided an annual cookout for the group home program for many years. Club member...

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25 Feb - A Jill of all Trades

Creativity has no limits, and that is certainly evident with Lori Eichenberger. Lori was born with a genetic eye disease, called Retinitis Pigmentosa, but was not diagnosed until her teen years, when her sight began to rapidly decline. As Lori became an adult, she lost most of her sight and now can only recognize some shapes and colors. However, that has not stopped her desire and ability to have a meaningful, creative and fun life through her art, activities and relationships. It was when Lori was in her med 30’s that she started learning how to...

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25 Feb - Shifting My Script

By Denise Caudill Irons, NHI Parent and Board Member Without looking beyond the title, I recently enrolled in a webinar on self-care. At the time, I assumed it focused on helping my daughter become more independent with her self-care, which was not the case. The discussion was for the self-care of caregivers. Honestly, my attention to this topic is non-existent. Although I have no problems advocating for my daughter, I am at a loss at advocating for my own needs. Most of the self-care topics were what I expected. However, I was unprepared when the...

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15 Feb - Service Spotlight: Patrick Mitchell

Nearly five years ago, a friend of Patrick Mitchell’s, who was also a New Hope associate, encouraged Patrick to apply for a position in New Hope’s FCS Program. At that time, Patrick had a full-time job elsewhere but applied at New Hope and was hired as a DSP in the FCS Program. A year later, Patrick was promoted to the Team Leader position in FCS. When given the opportunity to lead the Vocational Services program, Patrick was especially interested since one of the individuals he served in FCS was also served in Vocational Services. Patrick quickly...

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14 Feb - Mission Minute: Creatively Finding the Right Fit

The Core Value of Creativity is exemplified when we explore business and human issues in an imaginative and flexible way.  Creativity at New Hope of Indiana is as diverse as the individuals and families we serve. It comes in many forms including in the creative problem-solving of our associates and the development of our programs. According to labor statistics, in 2017, only 18% of persons with disabilities were employed, with an even lower rate of only 10% of individuals with developmental disabilities, in the workforce. In contrast, 65% of persons without a disability were working that year. The difference is...

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29 Jan - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings friends! I am happy to tell you a second AIM (Achieving Inclusion and Meaning) group has begun! A second group means a second staff person and that second staff person is Lashawnda Wright! Lashawnda reported a great first day! A tour of the Indy Humane Society was quite a success. A new volunteer effort was also identified. Soon AIM participants will be helping get volunteer packets ready for new volunteers at the Indy Humane Society. The new group has a variety of new adventures lined up: a library tour, Newfield’s, NCAA Hall of Champions and many more. Have fun, AIM members! Also,...

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28 Jan - A New Perspective

by Denise Caudill Irons, NHI Board Member and Parent Writing a monthly blog has compelled me to review the unexamined perceptions that I have accepted throughout my life. I have worked hard to maintain the image and ideals of what I think my life should be. After years of desperately not wanting to change, I am surrendering to a new and different perspective. No longer do I have the energy to reconcile societal norms that no longer apply to my world. One of my daughter’s therapists told me, “It’s not right or wrong; it’s just different.” ...

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28 Jan - The Second Annual Silver Cup Celebration

New Hope of Indiana is excited to host the Second Annual Silver Cup Celebration on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Willows on Westfield in Broad Ripple. Join us for a luncheon to support New Hope's Year of Creativity and enjoy learning about some of our most talented artists, writers, musicians and creative thinkers. Browse a large selection of art created by New Hope clients and enjoy a performance of New Hope's choir. Proceeds from the luncheon will support New Hope's art therapy program and will help fund a renovation of the art room at our Payne Road facility. Learn...

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25 Jan - A Note from Allison: Use Your Voter Voice

Happy New Year! I hope 2019 is off to a great start! Things are off to a good start at New Hope! One of my main focuses this time of year is around the Indiana General Assembly. As some of you may know, I spent many years of my career at the Statehouse lobbying on a variety of healthcare-related issues. During my time there, I realized how much can really be done through grassroots efforts. It is no different for the disability community. We have a very important legislative agenda to get passed this year, and we will not be able to do it without support from...

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21 Jan - NHI Welcomes Mizzou Volunteers

Last week, New Hope was fortunate to host nine students from the University of Missouri who chose to volunteer a week of their time on winter break as part of the school's Alternative Breaks program. These students came to us from all backgrounds and with varied interests, but they all left feeling a similar sense of service and gratitude. Mizzou junior, Alexia Diamond, wrote: To be able to serve is a wonderful feeling. A very humbling experience for most. The people that I’ve met at New Hope of Indiana taught me a lot about myself and will have an impact on...

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15 Jan - Service Spotlight: Amanda Boyd

To kick off New Hope's Year of Creativity, the young adults in our Transition Services program, AIM (Achieving Inclusion and Meaning) have already spent time at the State house, meeting Indiana State Senator J.D. Ford, they've volunteered at Meals on Wheels and they've enjoyed some bowling. And while these young adults are the decision-makers when it comes to how they spend their days in the Indianapolis community, their leader, Amanda Boyd, is the real creative mind behind the AIM schedule. Amanda has served in several roles during her eleven years at New Hope, as a team leader in Supported Living, as...

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15 Jan - Mission Minute: The Year of Creativity

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers New Hope’s 40th anniversary year has come to a close with so many wonderful memories, and now we are excited to usher in 2019: the Year of Creativity! Throughout the year, the Core Value of Creativity will be explored, highlighted and celebrated. In “living out” Creativity, we honor a commitment to seek new approaches to service and care, and to willingly try new approaches with vitality, energy and enthusiasm. This value is exemplified when we are: • Seeking new approaches in practice with open-mindedness • Embracing challenges as an opportunity for resourcefulness • Welcoming change with hope,...

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21 Dec - Thank You for Your Support

What a great year this has been at New Hope of Indiana! It has been full of celebration and commemoration of our 40th Anniversary! In March, we celebrated the actual day of our 40th Anniversary with a huge party where over 300 friends, family and those we serve came to celebrate with us. The Mayor even declared March 13th as New Hope of Indiana Day. In May, we had our first annual Silver Cup Celebration where our supporters donated over $60,000 to help support our newest community-based program. In September, we welcomed our volunteers, donors and community partners to the big...

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21 Dec - Zeller, Speak!

Happy Holidays, everyone! This seems to be such a busy time of year. Remember to take time to enjoy the holiday spirit too! I wanted to give you a quick update on Cheese and Thank You Food Truck. We are very close to being up and running! There are just a few more steps. We have a couple pieces of equipment to be installed on the truck, the Board of Health inspection and then we will be on our way to serving you delicious Mac and Cheese with various toppings like meatballs, barbecue, hot chicken, roasted veggies. I am hungry just thinking...

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21 Dec - Client Profile: Terri Hopson and Peggy Bland

This month we are highlighting our final individuals New Hope of Indiana has served for 40 years. We are so privileged to have been a part of their families throughout the years. Terri Hopson Some things never change, and Terri Hopson’s love of all things red was obvious soon after she moved into the residential facility on D-Pod/Delta Hall. While Terri enjoyed socializing, especially with staff, she was happy to move to the Demarillac Group Home in 1995. After sharing a bedroom with others for so many years, having her own room was special and, not surprisingly, it was painted red and...

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21 Dec - A Note from Allison: Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays! New Hope is very jolly this time of year! We have had a Hanukkah party and a TON of Christmas parties. You can find pictures of many of these holiday celebrations on our Facebook page. We have also celebrated the end of our 40th year of Hope! Check out our recap of all the fun celebrations and events we enjoyed in 2018. Thank you to everyone who has been part of New Hope for the past 40 years. Whether you are an individual we serve, an associate, a family member, a board member, a provider,...

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21 Dec - Peace and Joy

by Denise Caudill Irons, NHI Parent and Board Member As I started to design this year’s holiday card, which was later than usual, I was already feeling overwhelmed and anxious. As I scrolled through the possible card templates, I audibly sighed when I saw the designs that said “Peace and Joy.” I may as well have said “Bah hum bug!” as the sentiment was the same. When I have an unusual reaction to something so mundane, I know to pause and reflect on what caused that emotion to bubble up. It is always deeper than the superficial...

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17 Dec - Community Partnership: A Holiday Tradition

As a nonprofit organization, there are two things that are truly important to us: our mission and those who help us fulfill it. We rely on our friends and community partners for support in serving individuals and families in the Indianapolis community. We are grateful for our partnership with St. Vincent and Ascension for providing support in so many ways over the years including an annual holiday party sponsored by Ascension's I.S. Department at our Payne Road Day Services each year. After raising money through snack sales and other office collections, Ascension employees purchase gifts, snacks and crafts and even...

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17 Dec - Mission Minute: Hope for the Holidays

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Over twenty years ago, New Hope of Indiana was St. Vincent New Hope, a ministry of St. Vincent which served individuals with disabilities. At that time, St. Vincent decided to serve New Hope clients through their Hope for the Holidays program, a program in which St. Vincent staff or departments sponsor patients, former patients or other individuals served through St. Vincent's ministries who might be in need of some extra hope during the holidays. Throughout the last twenty years, the generosity of St. Vincent and Ascension Health associates has truly been a...

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