New Hope of Indiana | Mission Minute
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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Mission Minute

15 Nov - Mission Minute: Appreciating our Friends

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Every November we often have a heightened awareness of thankfulness, even if we feel and express gratitude throughout the year. The Thanksgiving season is a perfect time to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. At New Hope, we have so much to be thankful for: a strong mission, the individuals and families served, dedicated associates, caring volunteers, a vibrant board, an exciting future and so many “friends.” How important are friends in your life? Do they support you through thick and thin? Do they love you unconditionally?...

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14 Oct - Mission Minute: Traditions – Old and New

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers As we approach the holiday season, we often think about and celebrate traditions. At New Hope, the holidays seem to begin in October with the annual Fall Festival. Traditions, especially at New Hope, often include everyone’s favorite thing: eating! We like to cook together, host big family dinners, bake cookies and maybe even serve meals at a shelter. For most of us, the holiday season means celebrating many traditions. Some people continue to brave the crowds at the mall the day after Thanksgiving each year. Others decorate...

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13 Sep - Mission Minute: DSP Recognition Week

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Every year in September there is a week designated to recognize and thank Direct Support Professionals (DSPs), This year, DSP Week is September 8th – 14th. While we strive to recognize DSPs on an ongoing basis, having the special week provides an excellent opportunity to express our sincere appreciation and highlight their dedication, service, compassion and so much more. Governor Eric Holcomb, by executive order, signed a proclamation recognizing the more than 26,000 DSPs in Indiana. Here is an excerpt from that proclamation: “WHEREAS, Every day, Indiana’s direct support professionals make a tremendous difference...

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08 Aug - Mission Minute: Serving Our Associates

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Recently, New Hope's Board of Directors revised our Mission and Vision Statements to better reflect who we are now as an organization and who we are striving to be in the future. The Vision Statement says that “we will recognize our associates for their unwavering commitment to service every day and we will commit to provide them with resources to be successful both personally and professionally.” One of the ways that we are already carrying out this commitment is through the Associate Financial Assistance (AFA) program. AFA began in July of 2018...

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15 Jul - Mission Minute: Volunteering is Always a Win-Win

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Thinking back to my childhood, we struggled financially like many families. However, the importance of giving back and helping persons in need was instilled in me by my parents, and volunteering was not a choice. It was expected of me. One of my favorite volunteer memories was when we hosted a neighborhood fun frolic with silly games and donated trinket prizes in our little backyard. Such fun we had and for a good cause as the proceeds went to Riley Children’s Hospital where a young neighbor had...

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14 Jun - Mission Minute: Small Miracles

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers “Never stop believing in hope because miracles happen every day.” Benny Hin Hope is one of the most important guiding forces in our lives, providing strength, optimism, passion, motivation, courage and so much more. Hope is essential during those stressful and challenging times. Yet, as this quote illustrates, it can be experienced in our daily lives if we are open to it. Miracles are not always spectacular and earth shattering, rather inspirational, memorable, touching and feel-good moments. As New Hope of Indiana is celebrating being named an...

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15 May - Mission Minute: A New Direction

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Six years ago, New Hope was in the process of transitioning from the St. Vincent system and one of the most important tasks at that time was the creation of mission and vision statements for New Hope of Indiana. Given New Hope’s long-term affiliation, the revised statements still encompassed the St. Vincent philosophy and a medically-based model of care. While those statements have served us well the last five years, recently the New Hope Board of Directors recommended both the mission and vision statements be revised and updated to better...

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15 Apr - Mission Minute: Talent Acquisition Demands Innovative Strategies

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Thinking back to all of those years ago when I was hired at New Hope of Indiana, immediately following the interview, I was offered a position and started just two days later. While those were certainly simpler times, our employment world is now complex, dynamic and competitive. For a thriving, mission-focused future, it is essential that New Hope take advantage of innovative recruitment practices. The New Hope recruitment process, referred to as talent acquisition, involves a vast toolkit of strategies essential in addressing a competitive market while attracting a competent and...

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15 Mar - Mission Minute: Exploring Creative Expression through Music Therapy

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers While there are certainly many differences in cultures throughout the world, music is something shared by all and is often referred to as the universal language. Music inspires powerful connections in so many wonderful ways: providing a means of expression, evoking positive emotions, stimulating the senses and elevating moods. Most importantly music is fun! Five years ago, New Hope recognized the need to provide one-on-one therapy, and our Music Therapy program was implemented. The program began at our Payne Road location with one board-certified music therapist and eventually expanded to our...

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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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