New Hope of Indiana | Client Profile
For over forty years, New Hope of Indiana has been committed to supporting individuals and families, encouraging them to live their most independent, fulfilling lives. Through services for individuals with disabilities, counseling for families in the child welfare system and advocacy efforts, New Hope of Indiana is making an impact in our communities every day.
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Client Profile

25 Nov - He Keeps on Ticking

Happy Birthday to Kenny Lyons, who just turned 50 this month!  Kenny stated he is like a Timex watch: he “takes a licking and keeps on ticking.”  When Kenny was 17, he fell asleep while driving late at night and hit a bridge.  He sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which required significant medical care and rehabilitation.  In 1990 he was admitted to the New Hope residential facility on Beta Hall, which was the unit designated for individuals with TBIs.  At that time, he needed a wheelchair for mobility, but through his determination and therapy with Reba Kerkhof, New Hope's...

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23 Oct - Change is a Good Thing

Christy Bowser does not like change. However, one change in her life that she feels has been wonderful was her move to the Laboure Group Home in July of 2018. She previously lived in her own apartment in Noblesville, and she was feeling lonely, especially after she lost her job at Marsh when it closed. Christy had loved working there for over 20 years and had many co-worker friends. She said her sister, Michelle, thought Laboure would provide opportunities to meet new friends, get to do things she enjoys and also help her monitor her diabetes....

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24 Sep - Exploring Indy!

Jacob Nydam first joined New Hope's AIM program as a high school student at the beginning of 2019, attending only a couple of days a week. After graduating from Hamilton South Eastern this spring, Jacob began coming more often. His favorite part of the AIM program is spending time with his friends. He enjoys their trips to the park where he can explore the woods and to the library where he can read and learn new things on the computer. He also enjoys their volunteer activities with Meals on Wheels and other local nonprofits. “Jacob is constantly experiencing new adventures each...

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26 Aug - Taking Action

In the five years Patty Cooper has been served by New Hope in the Supported Living Program, she has been involved in a lot of interesting, fun and community service-oriented activities, which is just the way she likes it. She resides at The Lakes apartments with two roommates, one of which is her very good friend, Cindy. She has had two jobs, Pizza Hut and MCL, which she really enjoyed. She's disappointed that she is unable to work at this time due to health issues. Patty is a charter member of the New Hope of Indiana Kiwanis...

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29 Jul - Desiring Independence

Sometimes it is hard for Linda Palmer to believe that she has been served by New Hope of Indiana for over 35 years. She moved into the residential facility in 1983 and was initially in a four bedroom on Alpha Hall. It was a tough adjustment at first as she moved from home and her family was in the Chicago area. Once Linda moved to her own bedroom, she really began figuring out her life and found a desire to be as independent as possible. In 1996, as the facility was downsizing for closure, she was...

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25 Jun - Client Spotlight: Bryan Ballard

Bryan Ballard is one busy man and that is the way he likes it. Bryan has lived in his own apartment in downtown Indianapolis for over six years and is served by New Hope’s FCS (Family and Community Services) program. He loves living alone for the privacy, being able to do what he wants to do and for the storage, especially his costumes. Bryan’s passion is attending Gen Con, Pop Con and Comic Con every year and participating in cosplay or wearing costumes. Throughout the year, he works on his costumes and props, eagerly awaiting the annual conventions. Bryan’s busy life...

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28 May - Inclusive Living

Jason Chang is an all-around talented guy. He has spent over a decade taking classes at the Broad Ripple Art Center, and his hard work shows. Jason is a painter and works primarily out of his home studio in his basement apartment. He enjoys working with lots of color (his favorite is yellow), and many of his paintings fill New Hope's administrative offices. He generously donated dozens of paintings to this year's Silver Cup Celebration in hopes of helping New Hope raise money for the Art Therapy program. He's even working on a commission for one of New Hope's vendors...

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30 Apr - Dan the Man

Dan Devries' life profoundly changed in 1978 when he was involved in an accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury, requiring a lengthy hospitalization and significant rehabilitation. However, throughout the years, Dan has not let that define his outlook on life. Prior to the accident, he was a loner, which is hard to believe for those who know him to be very social and outgoing today. In 1988, Dan moved into the residential facility and he resided on Beta Hall, which was the designated unit for persons who had experienced a traumatic brain injury. When the facility was downsizing to...

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26 Mar - The Most Famous Singer at New Hope

by Caitlin Bernhart, Music Therapist In my nearly 5 years of being a Music Therapist at New Hope I’ve had the privilege of working with so many of our clients and have witnessed a wide variety of amazing passions and musical abilities. This has included some individuals quickly learning how to read and play music on the piano (something that takes most people years to master) as well as several clients who enjoy writing their own songs and then recording them. Each individual I’ve worked with has been memorable and influential in their own way, but one person in particular...

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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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