New Hope of Indiana | Remembering our Friends
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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Remembering our Friends

23 Jun - Remembering Our Friends

James “JR” Eaton 5/28/1956 – 6/9/2020 If New Hope ever had a “Mr. Congeniality” award, there is no question that James “JR” Eaton would have won. With his charming personality, engaging smile and delightful sense of humor it's no wonder he easily became friends with everyone around him, many of them becoming friends for life. This includes people he met at his schools, churches, Bradford Woods Camp, and his many years being served by New Hope. JR lived with his parents until he moved into the New Hope residential facility in 1985. His parents, Bob and Sara, were volunteers at New Hope facility...

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26 May - Remembering Our Friends

Dana Zunk 1962 - 2020 Dana came to New Hope in April, 1994. She walked into our hearts with her unique personality, humor, and love of fun adventures and celebrations. Dana loved music, movies, line dancing and karaoke. She enjoyed a special trip to Graceland as an ardent Elvis fan, and annual visits to the Speedway and Indiana Beach. Dana was very proud of her 25 years of service at Goodwill honoring her as Employee Of The Year. This was a reflection of her determination and desire for independence. Many New Hope associates and friends have shared in Dana’s life through the...

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25 Feb - Remembering Our Friends

Shandi Vance 1980-2020 It has been a pleasure to have had Shandi Vance in our Frederic Group Home all these years. She moved in 5/2002 and was a delight from Day One! Shandi enjoyed singing and dancing in her room to Disney musicals and she had no shame in sharing her skills with the entire home. Shandi also loved to shop, with a particular affinity to headbands and sunglasses. We were so blessed to have Shandi with us for so long, and she left us too quickly. She will be missed. Read more. Marcia Carithers 1932-2020 From the beginning, Marcia Carithers was a beloved member...

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26 Dec - Remembering Our Friends

Kari Stout 1970 - 2019 Kari came to New Hope in 1989 and was served in our Supported Living Program and Recreation Therapy. She was a kindhearted individual and was a perfectionist, always wanting to conquer everything she tried from baking to crafts or basketball. Kari enjoyed sharing her baked goods with her friends at New Hope and even had several "Kari's Kreations" bake sales at Payne Road. She enjoyed puzzles and word games on her iPad, exercising, making jewelry, crafting and painting, listening to Pentatonix, basketball, baking and animals. She liked to joke around and be silly, but had a very...

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25 Nov - Remembering Our Friends

Luke Bullington 8/12 1988 – 11/4/2019 Soon after Luke started attending Payne Road Day Services it became obvious that Luke loved game shows: Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Family Feud, etc. He even loved Listening to his favorite game show theme songs on an iPad. He also enjoyed his walks around the building, stopping to visit with associates in their offices who would often hum those songs with him. After visits he liked to close office doors. He could usually be seen with his beads, too, enjoying his chips or soda. Luke and his family were involved in Special Olympics...

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29 Jul - Remembering Our Friends

Ayo Adenle 1965 - 2019 In the too short time Ayo Adenle was at New Hope as the Seton group home team leader, he made a lasting impression. His first name means happiness and that truly describes who he was, as he always had a smile on his face. He was very friendly and exuded a gentle spirit. Ayo was was glad to be with New Hope of Indiana and was eager to learn his role and get to know the clients and associates at Seton. He will certainly be missed....

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25 Jun - Remembering Our Friends

Paul Tomastic September 2, 1957 – June 14, 2019 Paul maintained one of the most positive and faith-filled outlooks even though he faced many challenges through his life. He moved into the residential facility in 1983 and resided on Alpha Hall. He moved out into the Supported Living home on 60th St. in 1996 and later moved to the 62nd St. home. He resided there until he was transferred to a healthcare facility in 2017. Paul’s gentle, fun loving spirit, sense of humor, bright eyes and beautiful smile were truly an inspiration. He was devoted to his...

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27 Nov - Remembering Our Friends

Gina Covington February 10, 1957 - November 3, 2018 Gina loved life, and there was no doubt about it! She was a power shopper and really liked to look for bargain purses, jewelry and games. She was quite the “queen of bling” wearing anything and everything sparkly and shiny. She loved bingo and attended the monthly Kiwanis bingo as well as weekly bingo at the Payne Road Day Services. Gina also worked at Noble Industries for many years. She loved comfort food, so her favorite restaurants were MCL, Golden Corral and Cracker Barrel. She resided at the Coopersmith...

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30 Oct - Remembering Our Friends

Richard Collins 2/4/1969 - 10/23/2018 Richard grew up in Ohio. As Richard would share, he experienced troubling times during his teen years and sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Seeking services, Richard moved into the NHI residential facility in 1990 and resided on the Beta unit, which served persons with TBI. When the facility began downsizing he moved to the Depaul group home and later to the 96th St. supported living home. Several years ago, Richard had the opportunity, as a part of the New Hope Client Speaker’s Bureau, to speak to high school groups about his life in hopes...

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30 Jul - Remembering Our Friends

Amy Evans Stant April 5, 1955 - June 16, 2018 It is always so hard to say goodbye at New Hope, especially to someone we have served for over 38 years. Amy Evans Stant moved into the residential facility in 1980 where she met and married her husband, John Stant. They were the first married couple served by New Hope. When the facility was downsizing for closure, they moved out of the facility into an SLP home on 57th Street and later moved to the 60th Street home, where she was currently living. Amy did not let her physical challenges hinder being active...

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29 May - Remembering Our Friends

Jerilyn “Jeri” Hogan July 20, 1962 - April 23, 2018 Jerilyn or Jeri was a very happy person, who smiled and enjoyed being with people. Prior to moving to Laboure group home in 2006, she lived at the Frederic Group Home. Despite ongoing health issues, Jeri was a trooper and did not let her health bring her down. In recent years she attended Castleton Days services and really enjoyed having her nails done, listening to country music, dressing up for parties and special occasions, and of course, socializing. She also liked to go bowling, attend the monthly Kiwanis...

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24 Apr - Remembering Our Friends

Thom Green 11/30/1966 - 3/25/2018 Thom moved into the NHI residential facility in 1987 and resided on Beta Hall, which served individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Thom was valedictorian at his high school in New Albany, but was in a car accident soon after which resulted in the brain injury and other health issues. When the residential facility was being downsized for closure, Thom moved to the Dunlap Supported Living home and later to the 74th Place home, where he resided for many years in his bright red bedroom. Thom’s sense of humor was very apparent as he loved to tell jokes and...

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23 Feb - Remembering our Friends

Ron Hart-Hults Ron served New Hope and the individuals for twenty-five years in various positions, most recently as a direct support professional in FCS (Family and Community Services program). He had a heart for those he served and enriched their lives in many ways, but mostly through community inclusion and helping them shine by using their talents and finding their passions. He was a musician and shared his love of music with several of the individuals, forming a music group with them, which performed at New Hope and in the community. Ron truly embodied the New Hope philosophy...

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