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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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15 Nov - Welcome, Cassi Dean!

As we say goodbye to Lynn Feldman after her 41 years of service to New Hope, we are glad to welcome back Cassi Dean as our new Director of Supported Living. Cassi has twenty years of experience serving individuals with disabilities. She started at New Hope as a Team Leader in Supported Living in 2007 and left in 2017 after becoming a Manager. Since then she has gained leadership experience at the Arc of Greater Boone County and, most recently, as the Executive Director of INcare Solutions where she expanded their supported living program. Her peers describe her as hard-working,...

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29 Oct - A Note from Allison: INARF Goes to Washington

Happy fall! I hope you’ve all been enjoying this beautiful autumn! We certainly have here at New Hope. We’ve been so busy meeting new people this month! Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for our Let’s Get Cheesy event on October 3rd! If you weren’t able to attend, check out the photos. It was great fall event with pumpkin painting, music, games and, of course, mac-n-cheese! We met some new friends and introduced them to New Hope, and we were happy to see some old friends like Indiana State Senator J.D. Ford! Outside of New Hope, I’m honored to...

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26 Aug - A Note from Allison: Saying Goodbye to Summer

New Hope greetings! Can you believe Labor Day is next week? Summer is quickly (and sadly) coming to an end! However, New Hope is not slowing down! The food truck is going great! If you have not visited yet, I encourage you to come by an try the wonderful mac-n-cheese. It really is delicious! Take some to go to feed your family; they will be happy that you did. You can check out our upcoming locations on cheeseandthankyou.org or by following @Cheeseandthanks and @SayCheeseIndy on social media. Or if you would like to have us come to your office for lunch some...

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26 Aug - New Homes at New Hope

You may have heard that New Hope recently purchased two new homes: Alton and Naseau 2.0. Alton is a new, four-bedroom Supported Living site on the west side of Indianapolis. The home was purchased this summer and is already up and running under the leadership of Tracy Brabec and Marsha Messmore. More recently, New Hope purchased a new home along the line between Noblesville and Fishers which will eventually replace Naseau Group Home in Noblesville. The beautiful, old Victorian home in downtown Noblesville is in need of significant improvements. With a lot of stairs and limited accessibility, it no longer...

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26 Aug - Supported Decision-Making Explained

by Nick Parker, Attorney, Indiana Legal Services In July, the state of Indiana passed a new law that recognizes “Supported Decision-Making” as a form of decision-making support. Supported Decision-Making lets anyone in our state take charge of their own decision-making in the form of a helpful life-guiding document, addressing such needs as life goals, health, wellness, financial planning, safety, scheduling, work or school life, and daily decision-making. This "agreement" lays out who can (and cannot) help, what help is needed, and how help is to be delivered. It is a remarkable new concept that is gaining steam across...

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14 Aug - Mac-n-Cheese Dream Come True

by Samantha Todd, NHI Marketing Intern The ribbon cutting for New Hope’s Cheese and Thank You food truck turned one of our big dreams into a reality! Congratulations to our food truck crew: Richie, Michelle and Eli and their fearless leader, Tim Dunkel, Food Truck Specialist. A special shout out goes to Kathy Ballard, Director of Community Outreach, for keeping the dream of the food truck alive for these last several years. Thank you to the people named and all that had a piece in helping Cheese and Thank You become a reality. Thank you to our donors and sponsors: Pearson Ford,...

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30 Jul - A Note from Allison: New Hope is Always Celebrating

I hope everyone is having a great summer! New Hope had a wonderful day today! One of our big dreams was realized with the ribbon cutting for New Hope’s Cheese and Thank You food truck! Thank you to everyone who had a piece in helping this become a reality. It was a wonderful day with wonderful food! Congratulations to our food truck crew: Richie, Michelle and Eli and their fearless leader, Tim Dunkel, Food Truck Specialist. I want to also give a special shout out to Kathy Ballard, Director of Community Outreach, for...

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