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New Hope of Indiana compassionately supports the most vulnerable in our community: those with disabilities, those dealing with poverty, and the underserved.
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New Hope Stories

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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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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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 - Mission Minute: Reverence and Diversity

The NHI Core Value of Reverence states that “we practice respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life.” As an organization, we embrace and celebrate our diversity, both in terms of who we serve as well as our associates. Representing so many cultures, varying backgrounds, perspectives, knowledge, and experience greatly enriches the New Hope mission, programs and services. A quote by the late author Maya Angelou comes to mind: “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value...

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18 Sep - In Our Lane

by Denise Caudill Irons Being a parent of a child with differing needs, I have experienced unexpected challenges to my perceptions about learning and what constitutes a successful education. One of my daily struggles is to release ingrained viewpoints that I have learned or subconsciously absorbed throughout my life. I grew up striving for straight A’s in order to pursue a college education that would help me procure a good job and become independent. I deeply believed in the old adage that if you work hard, you can achieve anything. I witness my daughter working hard on...

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28 Aug - New Hope Announces Start of New Program

New Hope’s newest program, AIM (Achieving Inclusion and Meaning) successfully kicked off on August 20th! AIM is a community-based program which offers individuals with disabilities who are exiting high school and seeking alternative services to actively participate in the planning and execution of daily activities including identifying and participating in volunteer opportunities, learning how the legislature works, becoming self-advocates, participating in museum activities, learning how to ride public transportation and much more. Thank you so much to all of our friends and donors for making this program possible! With your generosity and Pearson Ford’s $10,000 matching contribution,New Hope was able...

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15 Aug - Mission Minute: Pictures Tell Our Story

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration & Volunteers [caption id="attachment_20366" align="alignright" width="300"] NHI Fun-in-Action[/caption] In recent years, cell phone photography has exploded with the advent of selfies, quick videos, the ever-improving quality of phone cameras, and easy sharing. We all enjoy capturing those special moments, events and people in our lives. I believe that pictures tell our story and for many years have felt that is truly the case at New Hope. We can share stories about what is going on around New Hope in our newsletter, blogs,[caption id="attachment_20365" align="alignright" width="251"] Vintage[/caption] Facebook, Twitter, etc., but what are we often most...

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30 Jul - Local Eagle Scout Gives Back to New Hope

This spring, Zionsville Eagle Scout, Michael Wassem, planned his final project with New Hope in mind. After raising more than $1,000 and recruiting 6 volunteers, Michael and his team spent over 50 hours completing the construction of 3 new raised garden beds at NHI's Payne Road location. New Hope clients planted these garden beds and have been enjoying vegetables and herbs all summer! Thanks to Michael and his family and friends for their generous contribution to New Hope of Indiana. His project will make a lasting impact in the lives of those we serve!...

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