New Hope Stories

23 Sep - Letter from Allison: September 2022

Happy fall! I am not a pumpkin spice gal, but I sure like the cooler temperatures and the colors of fall!  I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather as well! I am sure I tell you every month about how busy it is around New Hope, but this month, I really mean it!  This month we were able to celebrate our DSPs during DSP week, which was wonderful!  New Hope relies on its DSPs to provide the exemplary services we offer, and we are so fortunate to have so many wonderful, loving and dedicated DSPs, some who have worked here...

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23 Sep - Celebration of Life 2022

On September 29th at 10:30 a.m., the New Hope of Indiana family will honor and celebrate the lives of six individuals that we have lost in the past year.  We will celebrate through prayer, scripture readings, songs, as well as personal stories and memories. The event will be held at our Payne Road location in the outdoor shelter house. Below is information about the individuals we will be celebrating.  Keith Abel7/4/1965- 6/25/2022 Keith was served by New Hope for 20 years, residing at Winston 1 for the majority of those years. He also attended New Hope’s Day Service Program. Keith worked at Goodwill...

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23 Sep - 2022 Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day was on September 20th this year, and New Hope of Indiana welcomed Indiana Disability Rights and Self-Advocates of Indiana to give a speech on voter empowerment to the individuals we serve. The main goal of the presentation was to inform the individuals we serve on how to register to vote if they wish to do so and provide them with information on their voting rights.   One aspect of the presentation involved preparing to vote. This included information on why voting is so important, a history of voting, and different levels of government for which you can vote. It also...

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23 Sep - Dr. Patrick Wagner Retires

Dr. Patrick Wagner, who has served as a psychologist at New Hope of Indiana for over 44 years, is retiring. He has been with us since we opened our doors! He served as the staff psychologist until we began our transition of integrating the individuals we serve out into the community. Then, he became our consultant psychologist. Dr. Wagner provided supervision to our behavioral consultants regarding the behavior support plans and psychological concerns of the individuals we serve. He also participated in weekly psychiatric rounds with the psychiatrist and behavioral consultants at New Hope. On Wednesday, September 21st, we held a...

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21 Sep - Castleton Day Services Moves to Payne Road

On September 1st, we welcomed Castleton Day Services to our Payne Road location. Due to our lease not being renewed at our previous Castleton location, the team transitioned to Payne Road after being in their former location for 6 years.We had just a few weeks notice about the move so a quick transition to Payne Road was made. The Castleton associates pitched in right away and did what they could to assist in the moving process. Our maintenance team did a great job of packing up the former facility and moving everything into the new space at Payne Road. Carolyn Short,...

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20 Sep - DSP Week 2022

On September 12th-16th, we celebrated our amazing Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) for the incredible work they do every day. This is an annual celebration event where we honor these hard-working individuals. At New Hope of Indiana, around 73% of our 335 employees are DSPs. Therefore, our mission largely depends on their service!  To celebrate, some of our employees decorated the hallway near the employee entrance. Bright sunflowers with notes of ‘thanks’ were posted on the walls and balloons, paper kites, banners, and artwork drawn by individuals we served by New Hope were hung as well. DSPs also received a thank you...

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30 Aug - Clients’ Talents on Display

At this year’s Silver Cup Celebration, the passions of the individuals served by New Hope were on display for our community to see! Due to COVID, individuals served by New Hope had not been in attendance since 2019. Attendees were thrilled to have them back with us this year. Each attendee was given a painted rock photo holder to take home with them. Individuals served by New Hope have been working on making these photo holders all year. Each one has a positive message written on it to remind us all to live New Hope’s core values. Art in several forms was...

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30 Aug - Celebrating New Hope’s Incredible Partners

Last month, we celebrated the four New Hope associates who have gone above and beyond this past year. This month, we’d like to thank two individuals who have made a positive difference this past year for New Hope and the individuals we serve. Dick Hester – The 2022 Partner in Service A long-time community volunteer and leader, Dick Hester is an active supporter of New Hope and the individuals we serve. A connector at heart, he has shared the New Hope mission throughout Central Indiana by organizing volunteer and community engagement events with New Hope. Not only does Dick volunteer his time, he...

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26 Jul - Remembering Our Friends

Keith Abel 7/4/1965 - 6/25/2022 Keith was served by New Hope for 20 years, residing at Winston 1 for the majority of those years. He also attended New Hope's Day Service Program. Keith worked at Goodwill Industries for many years, enjoyed gardening and was an active member of his church choir for a very long time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Keith's family, caregivers, Winston 1 individuals, Day Services individuals and all who called Keith a friend.       Susan Carrico 10/21/1958 - 7/14/2022 Susan came to New Hope in 2002 and lived at Parker 1. Susan attended day services at Noble for many years, and...

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26 Jul - Celebrating New Hope’s Incredible Team!

We are fortunate at New Hope to have so many champions for individuals with disabilities on our team. Earlier this month, we recognized four of our staff members who have gone above and beyond this past year. Amanda Boyd was named our New Hope Champion of the Year. Amanda has been with New Hope for 14 years and leads the AIM Program where she works with young adults to encourage personal growth and skills for independence through educational and cultural events, public resources, volunteer opportunities and leadership opportunities. During the pandemic, Amanda pioneered the provision of virtual day habilitation, music and...

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26 Jul - Silver Cup Celebration Countdown

  We are just a few weeks away from this year’s Silver Cup Celebration! We hope you will join us as we celebrate the wonderful individuals served at New Hope. Our guest speaker is IndyCar team owner and disability advocate Sam Schmidt who will share his story of hope and resilience. Guests will hear a performance from the New Hope of Indiana choir and Tom Murray will perform on the piano. If you have not yet purchased tickets, you can do so here. Check out our silent auction to see the fun items and unique experiences up for grabs. The auction is live and...

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26 Jul - AIM is Making an Impact in the Community

Great News! AIM (Achieving Inclusion and Meaning) has been back out in the community this summer! With COVID restrictions lifting, AIM has been getting out and about in the Indianapolis area doing what they love the most- having fun and volunteering! They have visited Newfields, Meals on Wheels, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, volunteering for the Indy Book Project, the Indianapolis Children’s Museum and many other places. Launched in 2018, New Hope of Indiana’s AIM program provides young adults with disabilities community-based opportunities to develop skills for independence, practice interpersonal skills and empower individuals to live their best lives. Participants spend time...

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29 Jun - New Hope Welcomes New Board Members

New Hope welcomes new Board Chair, Gretchen Sussman, and other new members this July. Gretchen will serve as New Hope’s Board Chair for a two-year term beginning July 1st. Gretchen has been on New Hope’s Board for the past two year and has served as the Governance Committee Chair and the Special Workforce Committee Chair. With Gretchen’s 30 years of experience in executive leadership, New Hope is excited to grow and flourish. New Hope would also like to thank Liz Hoover for her service to New Hope. Liz has served as the Board chair for the last two years. Liz...

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28 Jun - CAMP CATALYST BIG SUCCESS

One of our dreams became reality with the launch of Camp Catalyst on June 20, 2022. Camp Catalyst brought kids together aged 9 - 16, both with and without disabilities, to play and learn together. And boy did they have fun! Amanda Boyd our camp manager, along with her volunteers Carter, Brandon, Amanda and our intern Katelyn, kept everyone busy with great camp activities. Water balloon fights were the number one choice of campers, followed closely by making slime, tie dying camp t-shirts and field hockey. Thank you to everyone who helped with this camp. And a special thank you to Jeremiah...

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31 May - Celebrating New Hope’s Nurses

This May, we celebrated Nurses' Week with a profound sense of gratitude for the selfless professionals who have served our mission throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for each of them and the sense of comfort and peace that they bring to our New Hope community under the leadership of Nicole Powell, RN, NHI Clinical Nurse Coordinator. Nicole began her New Hope journey in 1996 as a Direct Support Professional. She was drawn to New Hope because she helped take care of her older sister, who is disabled. In her six years serving as a DSP, Nicole learned how...

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31 May - Getting Back into the Community

While COVID-19 has kept New Hope cautiously inside our bubble, we are finally feeling safe enough to get back into the swing of things. This May, New Hope enjoyed Friends of the Fox, an annual tradition that allows our clients and caregivers to enjoy time behind the scenes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the practice days leading up to the Indy 500. After two years without this long-standing tradition, New Hope's individuals and staff were relieved and excited to be able to return to this beloved activity. Thank you to volunteer Bill Ray and his colleagues for making this...

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31 May - Liberty Mutual Gives Back to New Hope

This May, New Hope was proud to host 20 volunteers from Liberty Mutual through the Serve Liberty program. These volunteers spent their day sprucing up the outdoor spaces at five New Hope homes to beautify the yards and gardens for the individuals who live there. They pulled weeds, cleared brush, put down fresh mulch and even planted some flowers for our clients to enjoy this spring and summer. They also helped with a painting project for our Silver Cup Celebration in August. Thanks to Liberty Mutual for spending a day in service to our mission! If you are interested in joining...

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20 Apr - Finding Inclusion and Meaning

At New Hope, there is one group of individuals that just might have more fun than any others. Our AIM participants, affectionately called AIMsters, are making sure that they live up to their program's name - Achieving Inclusion and Meaning. These young adults spend most of their time together in the Indianapolis community, learning skills for independence, practicing philanthropy through volunteerism and teaching others what it means to be truly inclusive. Our AIMsters, like most of the people we serve, have various types of intellectual and developmental disabilities. This can sometimes make it difficult to live independently, make friends, get a...

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12 Apr - Volunteer Appreciation at New Hope

April is National Volunteer Month!   In 2021, New Hope's volunteers provided nearly 1,000 hours of service to our mission despite the continued challenges of a global pandemic. From Board members and committee volunteers to corporate partners and friends of New Hope, our volunteers enrich the lives of the individuals and families that we serve. This month, we want to say a special thank you to a few of these dedicated volunteers. Kathe Rae Not only did Kathe Rae devote her nearly 40-year career to New Hope, she continues to serve our mission even in her retirement, coming nearly every week to work in...

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29 Mar - A Community of Hope…and Social Workers

by Amy Flint This month marks my 37th service anniversary with New Hope of Indiana, something nearly unheard of among my younger colleagues. Not many people stay at the same employer for over three decades, but at New Hope, it isn't quite so unusual. New Hope's leaders, managers and even our Direct Support Professionals tend to stick around a lot longer than our counterparts at other organizations. I think it might just be because the people at New Hope are simply good people who share a great mission. I started at New Hope in 1985 as a social worker in the largest...

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