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17 Dec - Service Spotlight: Kristy Abernathy-Davis

A little over twenty years ago, Kristy Abernathy-Davis was working full time at a public school with children with disabilities. At the time she also had a part time job at an agency similar to New Hope, but the hours were not conducive to her schedule. A friend mentioned New Hope, and when she came for her interview, she was really impressed. She began part time as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) and later became full time as she learned that she preferred working with adults. Kristy has worked in numerous programs and sites throughout the...

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27 Nov - Remembering Our Friends

Gina Covington February 10, 1957 - November 3, 2018 Gina loved life, and there was no doubt about it! She was a power shopper and really liked to look for bargain purses, jewelry and games. She was quite the “queen of bling” wearing anything and everything sparkly and shiny. She loved bingo and attended the monthly Kiwanis bingo as well as weekly bingo at the Payne Road Day Services. Gina also worked at Noble Industries for many years. She loved comfort food, so her favorite restaurants were MCL, Golden Corral and Cracker Barrel. She resided at the Coopersmith...

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27 Nov - Client Profile: Bonnie Hasemeyer and Alan Vinson

This month we are highlighting two of the individuals New Hope of Indiana has served for 40 years. Bonnie Hasemeyer Bonnie has always been her own person with very distinct ideas, preferences and desires. She moved into the residential facility in 1978 and resided on Alpha Hall. She was one of the lucky ones to have her own bedroom. In 1996, Bonnie moved to the Brendon Park supported living home where she continues to reside. Bonnie was likely one of the first people served by NHI to get a computer. To this day, working on her PC...

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27 Nov - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings Friends, I’m back from a brief medical leave, and I thank you all for the prayers, love and well wishes sent my way. It is, indeed, good to be loved. While I was away, something very special happened…another CCI dog joined us at our Castleton Day Services location!! Her name is Oreo and her handler, Dorine Saladin (commonly known as DG), is a Team Leader at the Castleton location. The Regional Headquarters for Canine Companions for Independence is in Dublin, Ohio. That is where DG went to be matched with Oreo and learn all about how to work with her. They were in...

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27 Nov - A Note from Allison: Grateful for Those We Serve

We who work at New Hope of Indiana are very lucky! "Why?" you may ask. We have many things for which to be grateful. First, we are so very grateful for the people that we serve. We are grateful for their love, joy and presence. Serving them and being part of their lives is an honor we do not take for granted. We are grateful for their families and loved ones as well. Without their trust and support we would not be able to be of service. We are also grateful for the people that give...

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26 Nov - Disney World Dreams

We are always excited to help the individuals and families we serve realize their dreams and achieve their goals, even when their circumstances make that difficult. This month, we heard a story that demonstrates just that. Gina was in New Hope's care for 16 years and was most recently supported through the Supported Living Program. After developing some symptoms, Gina saw a doctor and was diagnosed with terminal cancer which would likely leave her with only three months to live. Her family wanted to make some of her dreams come true in that short amount of time, and within just...

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23 Nov - Give Back this #GivingTuesday!

Did you know that New Hope receives the majority of our funding through Medicaid reimbursement? This means that many of the services we provide to our clients are paid for by the government. However, this funding often leaves a gap between what is paid for by Medicaid and the quality of care that we are committed to providing to our clients. For example, New Hope offers art therapy which is led by a trained, masters-level art therapist in which clients are able to express themselves through many different art mediums like painting, sculpting, tile mosaic and more. Because Medicaid does...

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23 Nov - Thankful for 40 Years of Hope

Over the last four decades, New Hope of Indiana has been honored to serve thousands of people throughout Indianapolis and surrounding communities. What began as the dream of a group of mothers to find a safe and nurturing place for their children with cerebral palsy to live and thrive has now grown into a multifaceted organization serving people of all kinds. We are proud to maintain the level of care that those parents went searching for all those years ago across all of our programs and services, and if this year of celebration has made anything clear, it's that this...

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14 Nov - Mission Minute: Embracing Gratitude is Healthy!

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers This 40th Anniversary year has been so special for New Hope with all of the events and activities providing opportunities to reflect on our rich history, celebrate our vibrant present and look towards our very exciting future. As our memorable year is about to end, this Thanksgiving season is a perfect and timely reminder to consciously embrace gratitude, not just at work, but also in our personal lives. “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward Did you...

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14 Nov - Service Spotlight: Chris Schwarz

Chris Schwarz answered an ad in the paper for a grounds worker twenty years ago this month. At the time he had no idea how many yards the he would be maintaining, which was certainly a lot between the group homes and supported living sites. More importantly he had no way of knowing the impact of working at New Hope would have on his life. After a few years of grounds work, Chris was asked by Sr. Francine Brown, who was overseeing Maintenance at the time, to help with site work orders and the rest is history. As...

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14 Nov - New Hope’s Social Life is Better than Mine

Last week we welcomed three surveyors from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and were pleased to hear that they found all of the great things that we see in our work every day. Here's just a little of what they learned. In our music therapy program, clients like Stephanie work toward personal goals such as getting a job or a driver's license. Sometimes, these goals are daunting and they may seem out of reach or overwhelming. To better cope with that frustration and to express the emotions that come along with it, people like Stephanie are choosing popular...

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12 Nov - Delving Deep into Thankfulness

by Denise Caudill Irons, NHI Parent and Board Member As I reflect on the things for which I am grateful, I tend to focus on the superficiality when it comes to my daughter. For instance, I am thankful that she is happy and healthy. I am grateful that she loves going to school, has a good sense of humor, and is friendly and kind. I realize that although I find it difficult to see her developmentally behind her peers, I am thankful that we don’t have to participate in the high-achieving, college bound track. If she were...

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30 Oct - Client Profile: William Webster

William Webster has always liked to dress up and it is surprising he has not been featured in GQ (Gentleman’s Quarterly) as he is best described as “dapper.” William was one of the individuals recognized for being served for 40 years at NHI. He resided in the residential facility on Delta/D pod. His desire to look sharp, dates back many years as he would dress up in a suit when his family planned to visit him at the facility. He would patiently await their arrival, hoping his Aunt Blue would bake him a sweet potato pie. ...

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30 Oct - A Note from Allison: Be Kind

It is with a heavy heart that this letter is sent to you. We are all saddened by the past week’s events in Pittsburgh. I was happy to be greeted by a new sign outside our New Hope doors. New Hope is a kind and loving place for the people we serve and the associates who work here. If you want to come visit a place that is hate-free and happy, come see us! I can’t believe October is nearly over. It has been a very busy month - probably the busiest of all months. ...

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30 Oct - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings friends! I am happy to tell you that the Castleton Day Services program is getting a Facility dog from Canine Companions for Independence!! That is where I came from too. Dorine Saladin, fondly known as DG, will be traveling to the regional center of Canine Companions in Dublin, Ohio, to be trained with the dog. She will be there for a full week, learning all kinds of things and being matched with a dog. The dog may be male or female, black or yellow, a golden retriever or a lab or a mix of the two. We don’t know yet...

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30 Oct - Remembering Our Friends

Richard Collins 2/4/1969 - 10/23/2018 Richard grew up in Ohio. As Richard would share, he experienced troubling times during his teen years and sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Seeking services, Richard moved into the NHI residential facility in 1990 and resided on the Beta unit, which served persons with TBI. When the facility began downsizing he moved to the Depaul group home and later to the 96th St. supported living home. Several years ago, Richard had the opportunity, as a part of the New Hope Client Speaker’s Bureau, to speak to high school groups about his life in hopes...

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30 Oct - Looking to the Future of Disability Services

During the last legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly passed HEA 1102 which provided for a task force to study the future of disabilities services in Indiana. Since then the 1102 Task Force (“Task Force”), chaired by Lt. Governor, Suzanne Crouch, has been meeting across the state. The Task Force recently released its report to the General Assembly. A summary of the report's recommendations prepared by INARF, New Hope’s trade association, is also available. At New Hope's October Board meeting, INARF's President and former NHI Administrator Steve Cook presented New Hope's leadership team with an overview of...

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25 Oct - Fashion Mall Dreams

Not that long ago, Stephen shared his dream of working at Indy's Fashion Mall with his Employment Consultant in our Vocational Services Program. This program helps individuals with disabilities who are interested in working in the community or starting their own micro-business. Through goal-setting, interview skills-training and other types of pre-vocational support, our Employment Consultants work with each individual to find the perfect employer match for them through Indiana's Vocational Rehabilitation Services. After an individual is hired, they continue to receive ongoing support until they are stable in their new role. Employment Consultants also work with employers to facilitate communication...

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22 Oct - Some Days, You Wear the Hat

By Denise Caudill-Irons, NHI Parent and Board Member Being an effective advocate for my daughter is a skill that I have developed over years, and it continues to evolve as her needs change. I was conditioned to be a people pleaser, not to make waves and to defer to the experts. In the beginning, I blindly accepted the opinions of doctors, therapists and teachers. I willingly agreed with their treatments and plans. I trusted that they knew what was best for my daughter, and I was inexperienced and lacked confidence in my knowledge of her needs. ...

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15 Oct - Thank You to Our Friends!

Last month we were so proud to host our donors, volunteers and community partners to say thank you for all you do to support New Hope of Indiana! The group enjoyed painting and were able to tour the new Cheese and Thank You food truck, sponsored by Kroger, Pearson Ford, Old National Bank Foundation as well as some awesome anonymous donors. We were also happy to host a group of our friends at Numotion who are surprisingly good artists! We can never say thank you enough to these community partners and all of our New Hope community. They're investing in New...

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