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27 Jul - Caring for the Disabled in the Pandemic and Beyond

By Gay Murry, Direct Support Professional (DSP), New Hope of Indiana The pandemic did so much to shine a light on the tough jobs of frontline workers. Yes, my work caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a New Hope of Indiana home was difficult. It was even scary at times. We had to mask up, social distance and take many other precautions. We couldn’t go on our usual outings with clients to help them feel part of the community and their social isolation was devastating to watch. But there were some amazing things, too. Life-changing things. I hope...

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27 Jul - New Hope Welcomes Back Steve Cook

New Hope of Indiana has elected Steve Cook to its Board of Directors. Cook held a variety of positions in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for more than 43 years before retiring in 2020. Cook is the former Executive Director of New Hope and also served as the President/CEO of INARF, the Indiana association for organizations providing services and support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2000, Cook was appointed to serve as the Director of Developmental Disability Services for the State of Indiana. In 2002, Cook assumed the position of Director for Disability and Aging Services....

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29 Jun - A Note from Allison: Thriving at New Hope

Hello New Hope Friends, Spring is a time of renewal and new growth, but summer is a time to thrive. At New Hope of Indiana, we are excited to be thriving in so many ways! This month, New Hope was named an IndyStar Top Workplace for the third year in a row! While this achievement alone would be great news, it is especially rewarding this year. The Top Workplace award is determined entirely by the feedback of New Hope associates through an anonymous survey that uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization. This...

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28 Jun - Celebrating Independence

by Jenny Pfeil, Director of Development When you think of the 4th of July holiday, what images come to mind? Red, white and blue bunting on a porch? Cookouts, fireworks and time with friends and family? Traveling and relaxation? For me, it’s all about celebrating independence. Our country, our independence and our freedom are ever evolving. We have all seen first-hand that there is work to do in ensuring that every citizen enjoys the freedoms our forefathers envisioned. Freedom and independence, like people, come in many unique and diverse forms. And there are many populations who experience barriers to...

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22 Jun - New Hope Receives Major Gift

New Hope of Indiana is honored to announce it has received a major gift from the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation. The Indianapolis-based foundation is giving the nonprofit $30,000 to buy a new, fully accessible van. New Hope provides community-based residential services throughout Central Indiana and a variety of therapy, day, vocational and transition services to more than 400 individuals with disabilities every year. This gift will remove a significant barrier for the individuals served by New Hope, many of whom use wheelchairs, and provide much-needed access to vital healthcare, meaningful employment, and other community-based opportunities. “We...

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06 Jun - New Hope of Indiana Named a Winner of the Central Indiana Top Workplaces 2021 Award

New Hope of Indiana has been named a winner of the Central Indiana Top Workplaces 2021 Award. This is the third straight year that New Hope has received a Top Workplaces Award. The list from The Indianapolis Star is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization - including alignment, execution and connection. “It’s incredibly gratifying for New Hope of Indiana to be named to the Top Workplaces list for the third year...

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24 May - Back in Business

This May has, in many ways, felt nearly normal. While we're still wearing our masks, screening our health, keeping our distance and generally being cautious, we are also SO EXCITED to feel like the end of the pandemic is truly in sight. For New Hope, May is always a busy month full of community events, associate gatherings and more. Typically, our individuals spend time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) as race teams prepare for the Indy 500 at the end of the month. While we weren't able to get back to the track, we still celebrated May the Indy...

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27 Apr - Shop and Support on AmazonSmile

As we all continue to adjust to our new normal during COVID-19, many of us are choosing to shop online. Why not do some good and donate a part of your purchase to benefit New Hope? Start using AmazonSmile and you'll make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app at no extra cost to you. Simply follow the instructions below to select "New Hope of Indiana, Inc." as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us. Already use AmazonSmile on your computer? Be sure to activate...

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27 Apr - Legislators Take Significant Step Toward Helping Disabled Hoosiers and Their Caregivers

By: Allison Wharry, CEO, New Hope of Indiana The new, two-year state budget just approved by the Indiana General Assembly and supported by Governor Eric Holcomb includes a provision that will greatly improve the lives of the 40,000 Indiana residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers. New Hope of Indiana applauds lawmakers for including higher rates of Medicaid reimbursement, which translates to higher wages for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) in the final budget. DSPs provide vital supports to individuals with disabilities, helping them live their best lives. Not only do they help with daily activities, but DSPs also offer friendship...

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25 Mar - New Hope of Indiana Receives Top Workplaces’ Inaugural Women-Led Culture Excellence Award

Program recognizes outstanding woman-led businesses for their commitment to a people-first culture INDIANAPOLIS - New Hope of Indiana has been chosen to receive a national Top Workplaces Woman-Led Culture Excellence Award. The inaugural group of award winning organizations led by women was announced by Energage to coincide with Women’s History Month. New Hope was selected in the 1-499 employee category. New Hope of Indiana provides community-based residential services and a variety of therapy, day, vocational and transition services for Hoosiers with developmental disabilities. With a team of just under 400 associates, New Hope of Indiana has over 50 women and minority leaders. “All...

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08 Mar - Advocating for Those with Disabilities and Their Caregivers

By: Allison Wharry, CEO of New Hope of Indiana March’s Developmental Disability Awareness Month provides an opportunity to raise our voices and share more about the need for inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, and to educate others about the barriers that people with disabilities still face in connecting with their communities. The awareness is even more important this year as individuals served in New Hope’s group homes and other residential programs mark one year of life dealing with COVID-19. Unfortunately, despite the yearly observance, individuals with intellectual...

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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 - Introducing Inclusivity

In 2020, New Hope of Indiana took big strides in our diversity and inclusion efforts. At the direction of the Board of Directors, we implemented a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee made up of nearly 20 associates from all parts of the organization. In part, this committee was created to assess how New Hope incorporates diversity and inclusion in its culture. After receiving feedback from associates, leadership and Board members, the DEI Committee recommended the addition of a new Core Value to reflect New Hope's commitment to these efforts. In January the Board voted unanimously to approve this addition...

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01 Feb - Vaccination of Frontline Workers Critical to Stopping COVID-19

New Hope of Indiana is so excited that our frontline workers can get the COVID-19 vaccine right now, leading the charge for our community’s health and safety. It’s incredibly important for all of our caregivers to be vaccinated to help protect their health and the vulnerable population that we serve from this virus. The stakes are high. Coronavirus has already killed more than 9,500 Hoosiers and sickened about 620,000 Indiana residents. Why Healthcare Workers Should be Vaccinated The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended that frontline health care workers be among the first people in the country vaccinated for several reasons. The...

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26 Jan - COVID-19 Vaccines at New Hope

On New Years Eve, New Hope received the notification that we had been waiting for - New Hope's essential caregivers were officially eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccines! We quickly got the word out to those associates deemed eligible to receive the vaccine and they began scheduling their appointments as soon as January 1st. New Hope of Indiana believes that the best and quickest way to end the pandemic is for the majority of people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. To help our associates make an informed decision, New Hope has provided a number of resources including a conversation with...

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26 Jan - NEWS: New Hope of Indiana Looks to Hire 50 in 2021

New Hope of Indiana is looking to hire 50 additional associates in the New Year. New Hope provides community-based residential, day services and other supports to Hoosiers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The majority of the positions are located in group homes on the Northwest and East side of Indianapolis and in Hamilton County. The organization has an immediate need to fill a growing demand for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who support New Hope clients. DSPs help the individuals they serve live their best life and assist them with fun activities and daily tasks such as bathing, dressing and...

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15 Dec - Service Spotlight: Jenny Pfeil

This month, New Hope is excited to welcome our new Director of Fund Development, Jenny Pfeil! Jenny comes to New Hope with nearly 25 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors including WFYI, YellowBook and United Way of Central Indiana. Most recently, Jenny served as the Regional Chief Development Officer for the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross where she led a team of fundraisers with responsibility for raising money around the state. She also currently serves as a mentor for Pass the Torch for Women and on the Marketing Committee for the Economic Club of Indiana. Jenny...

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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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27 Oct - Empowering the Disability Vote

As election day approaches, advocates across the country have been reminding our neighbors that the disability community has a lot to say. Despite the risks that COVID-19 bring to the upcoming election day, individuals with disabilities at New Hope and across the country are finding ways to vote safely. At New Hope, individuals were encouraged to vote early by mail. For some people though, voting in-person at the polls is more important. According to the US Election Assistance Commission, voters with disabilities make up about one sixth of the nation's electorate. Just as any voter should, our friends with disabilities...

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