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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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29 Jul - Grand Opening!

We are proud to announce that Cheese and Thank You hosted it's Grand Opening for the media on July 30th! Our one of a kind food truck operation not only offers a wide range of delicious and perfectly cheesy mac-n-cheese options, but the food will be prepared by, marketed and served by young adults with disabilities. At the launch event on July 30th, the Cheese and Thank You food truck debuted their delicious mac-n-cheese for special guests following a program featuring speakers who are passionate about this program including some of our generous sponsors. Beginning Monday, August 5th, you'll be able to...

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01 Jul - Cheese and Thank You is Rolling Forward

After what seems like a VERY long time, it's finally time to welcome our first Food Truck Specialist, Tim Dunkel! Tim comes to New Hope with a background in elementary school special education and applied behavior analysis (ABA). He has experience working with children and young adults with disabilities as well as restaurant experience, making him a great fit for Cheese and Thank You! Tim is originally from Fort Branch, Indiana near Evansville, and he graduated from Wabash College in 2015. His professional experience and passion for serving youth with disabilities drove Tim to apply for a Supported Employment position with...

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17 Jun - The Best Team Makes New Hope a Top Workplace

by Claire Bozzano, Director of Human Resources I am so excited to share that The Indianapolis Star has named New Hope of Indiana one of their Top Workplaces 2019.  This is especially exciting because the list is based solely on our associate’s input. They were truly the judges for this award! Being named a Top Workplace is very rewarding to me personally as I approach retirement from New Hope of Indiana in July 2019.  It demonstrates that our strategic plans to recruit the best and brightest, to provide those associates with every opportunity to learn and grow and to recognize them for...

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28 May - Interns Bring New Talent to New Hope

Throughout the years, New Hope of Indiana has provided opportunities for college students to complete practicums as a part of their specific degree curriculum, most of which have been clinically-based programs such as social work, recreational therapy, nursing, etc. While the clinical placements will still occur, New Hope has initiated a new program to attract interns for business operations such as marketing, fund development, human resources, accounting and information technology. The new internship program was designed in collaboration with the Butler Business Consulting Group and the objectives are as follows: 1. Attract future leaders to New Hope of Indiana,...

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28 May - New Charitable Giving Experience

It is our commitment to our donors, volunteers and other stakeholders to continually improve your experience with New Hope and to make your impact more meaningful to you. With this in mind and in an effort to improve our online donation process, we've begun using Network for Good's online giving platform. Network for Good is a reputable company which you've probably used before without even realizing it. Even Facebook's charitable giving is filtered through Network for Good. As for your experience as a New Hope donor, it really shouldn't change much. You can still donate in all the same ways...

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15 May - Mission Minute: A New Direction

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Six years ago, New Hope was in the process of transitioning from the St. Vincent system and one of the most important tasks at that time was the creation of mission and vision statements for New Hope of Indiana. Given New Hope’s long-term affiliation, the revised statements still encompassed the St. Vincent philosophy and a medically-based model of care. While those statements have served us well the last five years, recently the New Hope Board of Directors recommended both the mission and vision statements be revised and updated to better...

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30 Apr - Spring 2019 Legislative Update

The Indiana General Assembly ended last Wednesday, April 24, 2019, without a waiver rate increase which New Hope had been strongly advocating. This is very unfortunate because the increase would have largely gone to increase DSP wages which is so important to the wonderful DSPs working at New Hope. The legislative session’s priorities were funding for Department of Child Services (DCS) and schools and that is where the bulk of the new money went. First Steps did get an increase, because it was closely tied to the opioid crisis and DCS funding. Even though there was no new...

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30 Apr - Seeking Volunteers!

The NHI Day Services Program is looking for volunteers to help with several interesting and fun activities. Do you garden or know someone who does? We have a garden club, which enjoys growing vegetables and reaping the harvest to make fresh and healthy recipes, and could use some gardening assistance. Perhaps you enjoy crafts and could share your talents with some fun, simple craft activities. The individuals who attend day services love crafts of all types, especially holiday related. Also popular is a weekly bible study and the importance of faith in every day...

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26 Feb - We need your help!

Increasing wages for New Hope’s Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) is always at the top of the legislative priority list. This year is no different. We came into this legislative session hoping to get an increase which would allow the average hourly wage for DSPs to be $15 an hour. We were told early by the legislature that this was too high, so the ask is down to $13 per hour on average. This still requires an investment of over $20 million from the Indiana General Assembly each year of the two-year biannual budget. Unfortunately, the first half...

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26 Feb - A Note from Allison: Hoping for Spring

Who is ready for spring? I know we at New Hope are! It has been a tough winter because of snow, freezing temperatures and wind. Our wonderful New Hope associates have worked tirelessly so that all of the individuals we serve are safe and warm. Thank you to all of them! Can you believe New Hope of Indiana, Inc., a stand alone not-for-profit, is entering into its sixth year? Lots of very positive things have happened in the last five years and the New Hope Board of Directors and New Hope’s Operating Council are working on a...

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29 Jan - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings friends! I am happy to tell you a second AIM (Achieving Inclusion and Meaning) group has begun! A second group means a second staff person and that second staff person is Lashawnda Wright! Lashawnda reported a great first day! A tour of the Indy Humane Society was quite a success. A new volunteer effort was also identified. Soon AIM participants will be helping get volunteer packets ready for new volunteers at the Indy Humane Society. The new group has a variety of new adventures lined up: a library tour, Newfield’s, NCAA Hall of Champions and many more. Have fun, AIM members! Also,...

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25 Jan - A Note from Allison: Use Your Voter Voice

Happy New Year! I hope 2019 is off to a great start! Things are off to a good start at New Hope! One of my main focuses this time of year is around the Indiana General Assembly. As some of you may know, I spent many years of my career at the Statehouse lobbying on a variety of healthcare-related issues. During my time there, I realized how much can really be done through grassroots efforts. It is no different for the disability community. We have a very important legislative agenda to get passed this year, and we will not be able to do it without support from...

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27 Nov - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings Friends, I’m back from a brief medical leave, and I thank you all for the prayers, love and well wishes sent my way. It is, indeed, good to be loved. While I was away, something very special happened…another CCI dog joined us at our Castleton Day Services location!! Her name is Oreo and her handler, Dorine Saladin (commonly known as DG), is a Team Leader at the Castleton location. The Regional Headquarters for Canine Companions for Independence is in Dublin, Ohio. That is where DG went to be matched with Oreo and learn all about how to work with her. They were in...

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23 Nov - Give Back this #GivingTuesday!

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. For example, New Hope offers art therapy which is led by a trained, masters-level art therapist in which clients are able to express themselves through many different art mediums like painting, sculpting, tile mosaic and more. Because Medicaid does...

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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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30 Oct - Looking to the Future of Disability Services

During the last legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly passed HEA 1102 which provided for a task force to study the future of disabilities services in Indiana. Since then the 1102 Task Force (“Task Force”), chaired by Lt. Governor, Suzanne Crouch, has been meeting across the state. The Task Force recently released its report to the General Assembly. A summary of the report's recommendations prepared by INARF, New Hope’s trade association, is also available. At New Hope's October Board meeting, INARF's President and former NHI Administrator Steve Cook presented New Hope's leadership team with an overview of...

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15 Oct - Thank You to Our Friends!

Last month we were so proud to host our donors, volunteers and community partners to say thank you for all you do to support New Hope of Indiana! The group enjoyed painting and were able to tour the new Cheese and Thank You food truck, sponsored by Kroger, Pearson Ford, Old National Bank Foundation as well as some awesome anonymous donors. We were also happy to host a group of our friends at Numotion who are surprisingly good artists! We can never say thank you enough to these community partners and all of our New Hope community. They're investing in New...

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25 Sep - New Hope is Making Capital Improvements

New Hope is EXPANDING!!! We are excited to announce new room additions which have been made to many of our Supported Living Program homes. Most recently, we added a new bathroom and bedroom to our Grandview II home as well as a new bedroom to our Parker II and Brendon Park homes. Two of these additions are extra special to New Hope as they are not just room additions. New Hope was able to provide these rooms to brand new residents who are now part of the New Hope family. These additions have allowed us to create...

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25 Sep - Now Presenting: Cheese and Thank You

We are so excited to be on the cusp of a brand new program, the Cheese and Thank You food truck! This week, New Hope will reveal the newly-branded truck at our Thank You event, giving donors, volunteers and community partners the opportunity to see the truck before it's revealed on social media this Friday, September 28th. This program is a unique food truck operation in which the food is prepared by, marketed and served by young adults with disabilities. We are looking for motivated, eager-to-learn individuals who are interested in learning more about the food service industry, social marketing,...

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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...

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