New Hope of Indiana | Service Spotlight
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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Service Spotlight

15 Aug - Service Spotlight: Maureen Wilson

Maureen Wilson has been a resident in Indy her whole life, and she has been a dedicated employee at New Hope for the past 20 years. Having grown up in Indy, she went to North Central high school, then moved on to beauty school at the House of James in Carmel. Her start at New Hope began unexpectedly. When she was on maternity leave from working as a hairstylist at JC Penny, she became a caregiver to one of her neighbors. While she was a caregiver, she met someone from New Hope who worked for her neighbor. She realized...

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15 Jul - Service Spotlight: Christa Robinson

[caption id="attachment_24311" align="alignleft" width="226"] Christa with her daughter.[/caption]Christa has a passion for families, especially children. Her degree is in human ecology with a minor in child development. At the recommendation of a New Hope associate, Christa was initially hired as a team leader in the Family and Community Services (FCS) program. After eight months she transferred to the Home Based Counseling Program as Case Manager, as it was her goal to work with families. Christa loves her position so much that it does not feel like work to her, even with the challenges and frustrations. ...

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14 Jun - Service Spotlight: Kim Hendrix

Many people believe things happen for a reason in their lives, although they may not understand that until much later. Kim Hendrix, who is a DSP at the Louise group home, worked at a factory for 24 years. When that factory closed, she and the other employees were offered educational assistance through Ivy Tech. Kim decided to pursue CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) training, as she had a family member with a disability and wanted to “give back” in appreciation of what that person had received from others. Kim attended an Ivy Tech job fair where she talked with Angie Reed,...

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15 May - Service Spotlight: Betsy Gorman

Ten Years ago, Betsy was interested in looking for a new job and found New Hope in a roundabout way. Her mother had surgery at St. Vincent, and Betsy was very impressed with the care and how compassionate the staff were throughout her mom’s hospitalization. Betsy had experience as a DSP and while searching potential agencies serving persons with developmental disabilities, she saw St. Vincent New Hope. She thought New Hope must be a good organization since it was a part of the St. Vincent system. She was hired as team leader in SILP (now FCS)...

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15 Apr - Service Spotlight: Lashawnda Wright

Associate Lashawnda Wright's New Hope journey to her current position in the AIM Program started about three years ago. At that time, Lashawnda was working for another agency when an associate encouraged her to apply at New Hope. New Hope is so thankful for that referral because we have gained a terrific associate in Lashawnda. At the time Lashawnda started working at New Hope, no residential shifts were available, so a position Day Services at Payne Road was suggested. Conducive to her family obligations, Lashawnda accepted the Day Services position. It was a perfect fit...

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15 Mar - Service Spotlight: Kathy Ballard

If you have ever had the opportunity to meet or work with Kathy Ballard, Ph.D., Director of Community Outreach, you learned very quickly how passionate she is about building community, especially by supporting vulnerable persons who have faced multiple barriers and prejudices in their lives. This has been her life work, and we have been fortunate to work with her for the last 18 years at New Hope where she strengthens and expands our mission of service. When Kathy first came to New Hope, she managed the CYCS program, now called Family and Community Services (FCS). It did not...

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15 Feb - Service Spotlight: Patrick Mitchell

Nearly five years ago, a friend of Patrick Mitchell’s, who was also a New Hope associate, encouraged Patrick to apply for a position in New Hope’s FCS Program. At that time, Patrick had a full-time job elsewhere but applied at New Hope and was hired as a DSP in the FCS Program. A year later, Patrick was promoted to the Team Leader position in FCS. When given the opportunity to lead the Vocational Services program, Patrick was especially interested since one of the individuals he served in FCS was also served in Vocational Services. Patrick quickly...

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15 Jan - Service Spotlight: Amanda Boyd

To kick off New Hope's Year of Creativity, the young adults in our Transition Services program, AIM (Achieving Inclusion and Meaning) have already spent time at the State house, meeting Indiana State Senator J.D. Ford, they've volunteered at Meals on Wheels and they've enjoyed some bowling. And while these young adults are the decision-makers when it comes to how they spend their days in the Indianapolis community, their leader, Amanda Boyd, is the real creative mind behind the AIM schedule. Amanda has served in several roles during her eleven years at New Hope, as a team leader in Supported Living, as...

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17 Dec - Service Spotlight: Kristy Abernathy-Davis

A little over twenty years ago, Kristy Abernathy-Davis was working full time at a public school with children with disabilities. At the time she also had a part time job at an agency similar to New Hope, but the hours were not conducive to her schedule. A friend mentioned New Hope, and when she came for her interview, she was really impressed. She began part time as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) and later became full time as she learned that she preferred working with adults. Kristy has worked in numerous programs and sites throughout the...

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14 Nov - Service Spotlight: Chris Schwarz

Chris Schwarz answered an ad in the paper for a grounds worker twenty years ago this month. At the time he had no idea how many yards the he would be maintaining, which was certainly a lot between the group homes and supported living sites. More importantly he had no way of knowing the impact of working at New Hope would have on his life. After a few years of grounds work, Chris was asked by Sr. Francine Brown, who was overseeing Maintenance at the time, to help with site work orders and the rest is history. As...

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