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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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30 Mar - A Note from Allison: A Month of Celebrations

Happy spring, friends! This month was full of celebration! March is Disability Awareness Month, Social Work Month, and New Hope’s birthday. As our organization marked 43 years of service to the disability community, we shared a simple but hopeful message: the future is looking bright! A year ago New Hope and the rest of the world took cover as we prepared for the arrival of coronavirus in our lives. Today, I’m so happy to say that nearly 100% individuals served in congregate settings and over 60% of New Hope associates have received at least one of their COVID-19 vaccines. Individuals served...

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29 Mar - Supporting New Hope’s Future

by Bernie Konrady, NHI Supporter and Family Member My brother Jeff was born with disabilities that would not allow him to lead an independent life in the home he was born into. It was not his choice! As Jeff and his disabilities became more severe with age, my parents recognized their own limitations for the long-term care and well-being of their son. They began a search for long term care for Jeff that eventually led to New Hope in 1978. There, my parents found a safe, loving, caring environment for their son. Over time, as Jeff settled in to his new home, my parents...

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23 Feb - Raise Your Voice This Disability Awareness Month

by Jenny Pfeil, Development Director Before joining the team at New Hope of Indiana, my knowledge of individuals with disabilities was probably to similar to most in our society – very uninformed. I had little experience with the day-to-day life of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I didn’t know how they paid for the support services they need or how difficult daily tasks such as bathing and preparing a meal could be for them. Nor did I understand the extent to which their disability could affect their entire family. What I did know was that individuals with disabilities are not...

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23 Feb - A Note from Allison: Advocates Needed

Happy February, friends! Onward - that is my "one word" for this year! After nearly a year of COVID, we all want to move onward with our lives! With the vaccine being available to New Hope’s direct caregivers we have slowly but surely begun to move onward. This week things will speed up. Beginning Thursday, New Hope nurses will vaccinate 190 New Hope individuals living in congregate settings! Next week, New Hope nurses will also provide vaccines to DSPs and other direct caregivers at a clinic in our Payne Road building. As I have said before, this will really bring new...

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19 Feb - Weathering the Storm, Literally

by Cassi Dean, Director Supported Living Program If we have learned nothing else this year, we have learned what an amazing group of caring professionals work among us at New Hope!! We have faced unforeseen challenges, that have pushed us to our limits, but never changed who we are or what we do! If a global pandemic did not impact the high-quality support we provide, what does a minor (ok, maybe major) snowstorm have on us? Absolutely nothing!! Last week, as Indiana braced for a major winter storm, what did we do? We did exactly what we always do in the face...

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19 Feb - Celebrating Black History Month at New Hope

New Hope of Indiana is celebrating Black History Month this February by recognizing some of our brightest black leaders and by honoring black trailblazers with disabilities who have shown just how able the community truly is. New Hope is proud to have an incredibly diverse team with over 50 female or minority leaders and nearly 70% of team identifying as black or African American. Their unique perspective makes our organization a better, more inclusive place to work, to serve and to grow, and we are grateful for their dedicated service to the individuals and families we serve. New Hope Leaders Paula Guynn is...

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15 Feb - New Hope’s Black Leaders: Chasatie Finley

As we celebrate Black History Month at New Hope of Indiana, it’s important to us to highlight a few of our amazing black leaders. by Chasatie Finley, NHI Team Leader, SLP I was born in Peoria, Ilinois, and raised here in Indianapolis. I attended school in Warren Township and graduated from Warren Central. My family on my mother's side is originally from Lake, Mississippi and my Dad's side is from Arkansas. To me, Black History Month is a time to celebrate and reflect on how far black people have come. I think about all the accomplishments that have not always been in...

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15 Feb - New Hope’s Black Leaders: Lonya Thompson

As we celebrate Black History Month at New Hope of Indiana, it’s important to us to highlight a few of our amazing black leaders. by Lonya Thompson, NHI Manager, Behavior I have been with New Hope for 21 years. I first started as a DSP at New hope while going to school to complete my Masters degree. Once I completed my Masters degree I took a job in Community Outreach as a Homebased Therapist. I advanced to become a supervisor in Community Outreach, and really enjoyed my work there. My passion really lead me back to working with individuals with disabilities so...

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15 Feb - New Hope’s Black Leaders: Robert Hoey

As we celebrate Black History Month at New Hope of Indiana, it’s important to us to highlight a few of our amazing black leaders. by Robert Hoey, Served by NHI I am from Shelby, North Carolina. Mom was a school teacher. Dad worked in a textile mill called JP Stevens in the 1960’s and 70’s. He was also an artist and photographer. The both have passed away. I am an only child, but I am close with my cousins. I have 7 uncles and all are living today except one. My creativity comes from my family. It has been very formative...

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15 Feb - New Hope’s Black Leaders: Trust Paunganwa

As we celebrate Black History Month at New Hope of Indiana, it’s important to us to highlight a few of our amazing black leaders. by Trust Paunganwa, NHI Manager, Family & Community Services Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, I was born in the middle of seven children and was first one to go to College. I grew up in the countryside walking 5 miles to school from 1st grade until 7th grade, without shoes, before going to boarding school. Most of what we ate was home grown. I can survive in different environments whether its rural or city life. To...

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15 Feb - New Hope’s Black Leaders: Nicole Powell

As we celebrate Black History Month at New Hope of Indiana, it’s important to us to highlight a few of our amazing black leaders. by Nicole Powell, RN, NHI Clinical Nurse Coordinator I was born and raised here - a native Hoosier! My father was born here and is a direct descendant of the Potawatomi Indian tribe and African American and my mother was born in Itabena, Mississippi. Both of her parents were African American. My mom grew up on a farm that was given to my Grandfather where his father was once a slave. I have 5 siblings including 4...

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15 Feb - New Hope’s Black Leaders: Paula Guynn

As we celebrate Black History Month at New Hope of Indiana, it's important to us to highlight a few of our amazing black leaders. by Paula Guynn, NHI Manager, Group Homes Born and raised in Indianapolis, I am part of a very large, close-knit family, where aunts and uncles are like mom and dad, and cousins are like sisters and brothers. For me, black history Month is very important. It gives us a time to reflect and remember those that paved the way for us, from  W.E.B. Du Bois to Rosa Parks, to Maya Angelou to Shirley Chisholm, Dorothy Height and Kamala...

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26 Jan - New Hope Supports Associates in Need

While many of our friends and followers know just how significantly the pandemic has affected New Hope's operations and the individuals we serve, there is another part of our New Hope community who has suffered just as significantly - our associates. Just as many of our neighbors have faced additional hardship over the last several months, members of #TeamNewHope watched as their spouses, partners and other family members lost their jobs or saw reduced wages. Many of them lost reliable childcare or, at the least, faced major changes to their children's education. Many of our caregivers have worried about the...

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26 Jan - Voices of New Hope

After a year of feeling disconnected from one another, New Hope is celebrating its diverse and unique individuals, each with their own perspective, experiences, dreams and goals. This month, we're hearing from Sam Massaley. Sam and his family migrated from Liberia in 2000 and Sam joined New Hope in 2002 first as a Skills Trainer, then a DSP and now Team Leader for Demarillac Group Home. Sam has a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Indiana University and a Masters degree in Strategic Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He and his family are members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. Sam is...

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29 Dec - Holidays at Home

If we learned only one thing this year, it was how to cope with change. Most people don't like change or but 2020 left us no choice. In the weeks leading up to the holiday season, New Hope's leaders had countless discussions about the safety concerns related to COVID-19 spread in our community and the additional risk that family visits would carry this year. New Hope made the difficult decision to limit these visits including family visiting New Hope homes or New Hope individuals visiting their family home. Without these visits, most New Hope clients spent the holidays at their...

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24 Nov - Offer a New Hope this #GivingTuesday

As we do each year, New Hope is preparing to celebrate the start of the giving season next week on Tuesday, December 1st with #GivingTuesday. We are excited to announce that this year, our Board of Directors has pledged to match the first $5,000 in donations made to support our giving season fundraising efforts! Join us by offering a new hope this Giving Tuesday and throughout the rest of the year. Your gift will help brighten the holiday season for the individuals and families we serve as well as the dedicated caregivers who serve them. While your generous gifts will...

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24 Nov - Hope for the Holidays Continues

Every year for over 20 years, our friends at Ascension St. Vincent bring hope and offer holiday cheer to the individuals at New Hope who may not otherwise have much to celebrate. Hope for the Holidays is a program in which St. Vincent staff or departments sponsor patients, former patients or other individuals served through St. Vincent’s ministries who might be in need of some extra hope during the holidays. In a year with so many other changes, we were happy to learn that Hope for the Holidays would still be happening. This year, over 50 individuals with disabilities, and...

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24 Nov - When Detours are Part of the Journey

Allen Saunders once wrote “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” In 1992, other plans for DeShawn Hale included graduating from Indiana University where she was studying on an academic scholarship and soon to be venturing out on a new career. But when she became pregnant in her senior year and her child was born three months prematurely, her dreams, aspirations and career were put on indefinite hold. Her son Christian was born with what would later be diagnosed as Cerebral Palsy and Failure to Thrive. He spent his first three months...

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27 Oct - The Kathe Rae Garden Club

After nearly forty years of dedicated service to New Hope of Indiana, Kathe Rae celebrated her retirement in December 2019. Kathe left a beautiful legacy at New Hope that was honored this month with the dedication of New Hope's gardens. Kathe's many friends and long-time colleagues hoped to dedicate the gardens this spring, but COVID-19 demanded plans be changed. After many months of planning and waiting, Kathe Rae was surprised with a new plaque at the front of the Payne Road raised bed garden which reads, "In honor of Kathe Rae's 39 years of dedicated service to helping individuals with...

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28 Sep - New Hope Community Thanks DSPs

Every September, New Hope and other disability providers across the country recognize Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and the amazing care they provide to our most vulnerable friends and neighbors. We had a great time celebrating DSP Week, and thanks to our New Hope community, we were able to share so many messages of gratitude and support to our caregivers. They are truly more than essential. They're EXCEPTIONAL! Thanks to our friends for sharing these messages. For all our New Hope DSPs - Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thank you for your patient time and caring. Thank you for your...

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