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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 Jun - Virtual Silver Cup Celebration a Success

Despite cancelling our largest fundraiser of the year, we are so excited to say THANK YOU to all of our sponsors and donors for making our Silver Cup Celebration a success! While we weren't able to gather as planned for our Third Annual Silver Cup Celebration, several of our usual sponsors contributed more than ever to support our new needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to Ascension St. Vincent, PNC Bank, Gregory & Appel, Conner Insurance and Bradley Associates for their continued sponsorship! In addition to their generous support, our friends at Pearson Ford matched the campaign's donations with a...

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26 Jun - Cheese and Thank You is Taking a Break

We know our loyal fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of the Cheese and Thank You food truck and its mouthwatering mac-n-cheese topped with BBQ pulled pork, veggies or buffalo chicken. Unfortunately, New Hope of Indiana has made the difficult decision not to send the truck out into the community this year and to put the program on the back burner for now. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution because of the health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It would be incredibly difficult for our client staff members to socially...

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22 Jun - New Hope is a Top Workplace for 2020

New Hope of Indiana has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by the Indianapolis Star for the second year in a row. The nonprofit also was singled out for a special award in the Training category for giving associates the formal training they want for their careers. 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 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name...

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26 May - Third Annual Silver Cup Celebration Cancelled

So much of our business as usual has been interrupted by COVID-19 concerns, and with these concerns in mind, we are sad to announce that we will not be hosting our Third Annual Silver Cup Celebration as originally planned for June 11, 2020. New Hope's Silver Cup Celebration is an annual event which allows us to come together to celebrate the amazing things our donors and sponsors allow us to accomplish each year. We showcase some of the talented individuals that we serve, we honor our partners and associates and we take time to say thank you to all of...

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26 May - A Work in Progress

It was around this time one year ago that our generous donors gave over $27,000 at the Silver Cup Celebration to renovate New Hope's art room, supporting the Art Therapy and Day Services programs. After months of planning and securing the appropriate licenses and permits, work is underway at Payne Road. The renovation began by removing the remnants of the 40-year-old dish room which were no longer needed including a large, three-compartment sink. The remodeled room will have a large, new storage closet, a new ceiling, fresh paint and more space for our clients to enjoy and create their art....

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07 Apr - New Hope Receives COVID-19 Relief Grant

New Hope of Indiana is grateful to announce that it has been chosen to receive a $200,000 unrestricted grant from the Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund (C-CERF). The grant is one of $4.55 million in grants made to 32 community organizations in Central Indiana during the second round of funding to nonprofits. The fund has now distributed more than $11.8 million to 74 organizations in Central Indiana to date. Like most businesses and nonprofits, New Hope has incurred unexpected expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic including additional costs for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), technology costs to make certain services...

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30 Mar - Lynn Feldman Receives 2020 INARF Pinnacle Award

After her four decades of service at New Hope of Indiana, Lynn Feldman has been enjoying retirement since early December. We thought it only fitting that she end her career with a very special honor - or two. In December, New Hope proudly announced a new distinction for outstanding direct support professionals (DSPs) at New Hope named in part after Lynn. Now, INARF, New Hope's trade agency, has named Lynn as the recipient of the 2020 Pinnacle Award. This award is given to an outstanding professional level staff member in the human service industry who has demonstrated a commitment to...

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27 Mar - COVID-19 Response Update

Maija Augenbergs, Quality Assurance Coordinator As New Hope of Indiana continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, we are taking several measures to keep the individuals we serve as well as our associates happy, healthy and safe. New Hope’s COVID-19 working group continues to meet daily to discuss strategies for prevention and preparedness and to maintain communication across various programs. New Hope leaders continue to coordinate with New Hope’s Medical Director, Dr. Daniel Shull, as well as other organizations including INARF, the Indiana State Department of Health, BDDS and others in the disability industry to remain current on quickly developing information, access necessary...

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26 Mar - It’s Time to Pay Those Who Care for People with Disabilities a Living Wage

by Allison Wharry, CEO This National Disabilities Awareness Month, I want to take a moment to advocate for those who assist 40,000 Hoosiers with intellectual and developmental disabilities each and every day and help show the world how truly ABLE they are. I’m talking about Indiana’s Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). More than 20,000 DSPs in Indiana support clients in homes, in the community and at their places of employment. Their work is needed and invaluable. Yet, they are paid a low wage due to insufficient Medicaid reimbursements. Because of this, New Hope of Indiana and other service providers have a difficult time...

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25 Feb - A Note from Allison: My Proud Look

My mom has what we call her “proud look”.  Which is awesome because her kids and grandkids always know when she is proud of them.  If you would have seen me last week, you would have seen my equivalent of a “proud look”.  That is because New Hope of Indiana was accredited as a United Way of Central Indiana agency.  This was the first class of accredited agencies for UWCI in many, many years.  This accreditation is significant because it tells the greater Indianapolis Community that New Hope demonstrates "a responsiveness to community needs; diversity and inclusion in governance, operations,...

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20 Feb - New Hope of Indiana Receives Accreditation from United Way of Central Indiana

Indianapolis – New Hope of Indiana is pleased to announce it has received accreditation from the United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI). The accreditation indicates the organization has strong organizational and fiscal standing and supports United Way's mission of elevating families out of poverty in Central Indiana. New Hope provides innovative approaches to serving individuals with disabilities through community-based residential services and a variety of therapy, day, vocational and transition services for Hoosiers with developmental disabilities in Central Indiana. New Hope is one of three nonprofits to receive accreditation under United Way's new accreditation process. According to United Way, “To...

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14 Feb - Valentine’s Day at the Statehouse

New Hope clients gave some Valentine’s love to lawmakers and state officials this week! The members of our AIM program participated in The ARC of Indiana and Self-Advocates of Indiana’s annual Valentine’s Day at the Statehouse event on February 13th. The clients connected with state legislators and other elected officials to thank them for their hard work and remind them that people with developmental disabilities and their families are people that should be considered when making decisions in Indiana. The New Hope clients first gave handmade Valentine’s to Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson outside her Statehouse office and got...

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28 Jan - A Note from Allison: Goals

I hope 2020 is off to a good start for you and your family! As we begin a new year and a new decade, I find myself reflecting on my goals from recent years. Which ones have I accomplished and which ones were forgotten? Which ones will take just a little more work? I'm glad to say that at New Hope, we've reached many of the goals that we set out to achieve when we separated from St. Vincent six years ago. We are entering into the second year of our strategic plan, and we are well on our way to...

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27 Jan - New Mission Program Coming Soon

by Loraine Brown, NHI Board Member As it has always been the focus of our work, New Hope's mission is at the center of my new project. To carry on the legacy of New Hope's founders and the Daughters of Charity, it is my honor and privilege to join New Hope for the next few months to help develop mission formation opportunities. It is my goal to develop a stand alone program in which all associates can participate to gain a better understanding of who we are as a nonprofit, as a team and as servants of our mission. Most recently...

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17 Jan - Hoosiers with Developmental Disabilities Merit Inclusion

By: Allison Wharry, CEO of New Hope of Indiana Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s State of the State speech gave hope and validation to thousands of Hoosiers around the state with disabilities. Holcomb said, “…we won’t overlook anyone who is aspiring to be successful. That includes Hoosiers with disabilities, who seek to live and work in a safe, affordable and accessible environment.” He went on to thank Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch for her work to make that hope a reality for those with developmental disabilities. As someone who spends my days working on behalf of Hoosiers with disabilities, I whole-heartedly thank the...

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27 Dec - A Note from Allison: The End of a Decade

Happy 2020! I really cannot believe it is New Year’s Eve and the end of a decade! Tomorrow it will be 2020! 2019 has been a great year for New Hope of Indiana! On January 1, 2019, New Hope celebrated its fifth year as a stand-alone not for profit. Thank you to everyone who has made the last five years possible! As we reflect on 2019 specifically, below is a recap of what we have accomplished this year: Approved new Mission and Vision Statements: Mission: New Hope of Indiana is a leader in providing holistic services and resources to persons with disabilities...

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26 Dec - You Met the Match!

Thanks to a generous gift from our Board of Directors, your #GivingTuesday donations were matched up to $4,000 this year! And better yet, you met the match by donating over $4,000!! Did you know that New Hope receives the majority of our funding through Medicaid reimbursement? This means that many of the services we provide to our clients are paid for by the government. However, this funding often leaves a gap between what is paid for by Medicaid and the quality of care that we are committed to providing to our clients. Your support this Giving Tuesday and throughout the year...

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23 Dec - New Hope’s Aktion Club Gives Back

New Hope’s Kiwanis Aktion Club collected non-perishable items as part of their Annual Food Drive supporting a local pantry. This year they chose to donate to the Pike Township Trustee’s office to help start their own food pantry in 2020. The Aktion Club enjoys finding ways to give back to the Indianapolis community throughout the year, but they especially enjoy their annual food drive to help others during the holidays. A huge THANKS to everyone who donated this year. There were two full trunk loads of goods to deliver!! To celebrate their donation success and the holidays, they had their...

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13 Dec - Thanks to American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation

This fall, New Hope was proud to accept a grant of $2,500 from the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation. It wasn't a typical grant, though, and we never asked for the money. In fact, it was a New Hope mother who believes in our mission that wanted to give back to us. Eldonna Merritt, the mother of one of the individuals we serve, saw an email from her insurance company, American Family Insurance, inviting her to nominate a deserving nonprofit for their Dreams Foundation Community of Dreamers grant program. After years of working with New Hope to provide her son with...

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21 Nov - Saying Goodbye

With heavy but happy hearts, two of New Hope's longest serving leaders are saying goodbye to their careers at New Hope. Lynn Feldman, Director of Supported Living, and Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers, are both retiring after a collective 80+ years of dedicated service to New Hope's mission and to those we serve. Lynn Feldman started at New Hope shortly after its doors opened in 1978 as a occupational therapist. She fondly remembers sitting on the floor and assembling furniture for the 200-bed facility on her first day and intending to find a new job after a...

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