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January 25, 2022

Save the Date: Fifth Annual Silver Cup Celebration is August 18th

Save the date! New Hope of Indiana's fifth annual Silver Cup Celebration luncheon on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at 11:30am at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. This year, we are proud to celebrate the accomplishments of #TeamNewHope, the resilience of the individuals we serve and the incredible community that joins us all together at New Hope of Indiana. Once again, we're proud to have our emcee, Anne Marie Tiernon from WTHR, join us and are excited to welcome guest speaker Sam Schmidt, former IndyCar driver, race team owner, philanthropist and disability advocate. While tickets aren't available just yet, New Hope is currently...

January 25, 2022

Remembering Our Friends

Michael McCormick 6/30/1965 - 12/8/2021 It is with great sadness that New Hope announces the passing of Michael McCormick on December 8th. Michael was served by New Hope for over 16 years! Michael spent many years attending New Hope’s Day Services at Payne Road where he enjoyed socializing with everyone. At his home in our Supported Living Program, Michael enjoyed making tea and coffee, visiting with his mom and brothers, playing Connect Four, working on puzzles, listening to music and socializing with his housemates. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael’s family, caregivers, Gifford and Day Services individuals, staff and all who called...

January 25, 2022

Choosing Caution, Not Fear

By Denise Caudill Irons, NHI Board Member and Parent During the early weeks of the pandemic, I was surviving while providing some semblance of normalcy for my family. But as the days wore on, I began to feel insulated and comfortable existing in our bubble. I felt an overwhelming sense of relief when schools went virtual and the shelter in place guidelines were instituted. I live with a constant undercurrent of fear for my daughter’s welfare. As she matures, my fears also grow. It feels as if I have a news ticker of all of the bad things that could happen...

January 25, 2022

A Note from Allison: Off to a Great Start

Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a good start. New Hope’s year has already been fast and furious! Earlier this month, New Hope spent three days with surveyors from CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), demonstrating the high-quality services that we offer. This survey allowed us to highlight the well trained caregivers on our team, and discuss the many ways that New Hope is making an impact in the lives of the individuals we serve. The survey went well, and the initial feedback of the surveyors was extremely positive. I am, as always, incredibly proud and grateful...

January 14, 2022

National Mentoring Month: Bringing Smiles

January is National Mentoring Month! At New Hope of Indiana mentorship is often an informal relationship and can be found woven throughout our mission. Much of the work that our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) do to support the individuals in their care involves mentoring them - teaching life skills for independence, practicing good decision-making, and encouraging them to set, meet and exceed personal goals. This month, we are celebrating two important New Hope mentors who support individuals with disabilities in achieving their dreams.   AIM's Community Mentor Lashawnda Wright I was referred to New Hope by a former coworker in September of 2016. When...

December 28, 2021

A Year in Review: 2021

As we enter into the new year, we are celebrating some of our favorite 2021 moments. January - February 2021 New Hope's caregivers became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in January, a huge step toward better protecting the individuals we serve through the pandemic. Just a few weeks later, the individuals served in New Hope's residential programs began to receive their own vaccines. April 2021 Garden Club and other in-person volunteer activities resumed at New Hope's Day Services programs for the first time in 12 months. May 2021 The Indianapolis 500 Festival Princesses came to visit and gave some special pace car rides to the...

December 28, 2021

Voices of New Hope

Growing up I lived with my single mother, Kim, my older brother Coi, my sister Maisha, younger brother Larry and younger cousin, Ashley in the Butler- Tarkington neighborhood located on the Northside of Indianapolis. It was a close-knit community of neighbors, family, and friends where everyone looked out for one another. I loved playing Kickball games with my siblings and cousins and eating soul food - smoked pork chops, mixed greens, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese and my Mom's extra-hot chili. I graduated from Arsenal Technical High School, attended Ivy Tech State College. In 2021 I returned to...

December 28, 2021

Holiday Volunteers Bring Cheer to New Hope

This holiday season, New Hope has been fortunate to have the support of dozens of volunteers to bring some holiday cheer to the individuals we serve. In our Day Services program, nearly 20 volunteers made the holidays bright with seasonal crafts, holiday bingo, sing-alongs and visits from Santa and his elves. Special thanks to New Hope's Maintenance team for their creativity and caring which made these holiday parties so extra special! Check out the photos on Facebook. Continuing a decades-long tradition, our partners at Ascension St. Vincent came together through the Hope for the Holidays program to deliver holiday gifts to...

December 28, 2021

A Note from Allison: A New Year

Happy New Year, friends! Can you believe 2021 is coming to an end? After making it through the early days of the pandemic in 2020, New Hope of Indiana entered 2021 full of hope. This year, though, the challenges of COVID-19 did not magically resolve themselves. The previous months taught us how to grow together, to value innovation and collaboration, to step outside of our comfort zone and to rely on each other to get through the toughest moments. New Hope of Indiana has not only survived the worst days of this pandemic; it continues to succeed thanks to #TeamNewHope and the...

November 30, 2021

Spreading Holiday Hope

This Giving Season we are thankful for partners like the Columbia Club for their extra support during the holidays. This month, young adults in New Hope's AIM program enjoyed some festive holiday ornament making alongside members of the Columbia Club Leadership Group. These Hope ornaments will be on sale at the Club through December and proceeds will directly support New Hope's mission this holiday season. The Columbia Club isn't alone in their generous holiday support this year. We are proud to continue our decades long tradition of Hope for the Holidays with our friends at Ascension St. Vincent. New Hope...

November 30, 2021

Voices of New Hope: Holiday Cheer

The holiday season is often a time of happiness, tradition and magic. At New Hope, we LOVE the holidays and all of the fun and festive moments that they bring. We asked some of our clients what they enjoy most about the holiday season. Here is what they shared.   “I like Thanksgiving because we bake a turkey. I’m most thankful for Mom and Dad.” Jacob “I like Christmas. I like celebrating it with my family. I like Christmas shopping and baking cookies.” Denni “I’m excited for Christmas Eve. A holiday to me because ever since I was a little kid we would have...

November 30, 2021

A Note from Allison: Thankful Thoughts

For many people, Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season each year. It is a time to share our gratitude for one another and for the many blessings in our lives. At our Payne Road Day Services, many of the individuals we serve and our associates have been sharing what they are grateful for this Thanksgiving. Rather than my usual monthly update, I want to share what we are happy for at New Hope. Here are some highlights: · Loved ones · Day Services · Amazing Coworkers · Life · Friends · God · Candy · Family · Home · New Hope of Indiana   Today, I am also grateful for New Hope,...

November 17, 2021

A Strong Family Bond

Family has always been important to Christy Bowser. She has a picture of her mom, who has been gone for 20 years, next to her bed. She worries about her aging dad, who lives in Florida with her sister Michelle. While her mom and dad are important to her, it’s her sister Michelle with whom she is the closest. Christy lights up when she talks about Michelle, who has made it a priority to ensure for Christy’s health and well-being. Long before the term “autism” was widely used, Christy was diagnosed with a mild intellectual disability as a child. Christy describes...

November 17, 2021

The Norman Family

For a majority of her life, Courtney, who was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as a child, was cared for by her dad, stepmom and grandparents. Her dad Rick knew that as he and his parents aged, he needed a long-term plan for Courtney’s care. A friend told him about New Hope and after checking out the residential program, Rick knew Courtney could get better care from those who are trained to do so. He also liked that she could attend Day Services and be more active. However, moving Courtney into her new home brought concerns. Rick was understandably anxious about...

October 26, 2021

A Note from Allison: Fall Updates

Happy Halloween! October seemed to fly by here at New Hope. We started the month full of gratitude after our most successful Silver Cup Celebration ever where you helped us raise over $121,000 to support New Hope’s mission! The Silver Cup was a wonderful event where we honored New Hope's #EverydayChampions who have tirelessly provided service throughout the pandemic and announced our annual award winners. Without much rest in between, we also enjoyed a fun tradition, our annual Fall Festival, where individuals and associates enjoyed a costume contest, dancing and some cherished reunions after many months apart. To keep everyone safe...

October 26, 2021

2021 New Hope of Indiana Award Winners

One of the highlights of this year's Silver Cup Celebration was honoring a few of our very own #EverydayChampions. We are so blessed with a great network of caring, dedicated and selfless individuals who support our mission in their own unique way. Please help us recognize this year's New Hope of Indiana award winners. 2021 Partner in Service Award The local Kiwanis Club has been a partner to New Hope of Indiana for well over 30 years. Most recently, the Kiwanis Club of Northwest Indianapolis has been a vital partner to New Hope's mission. Kiwanis has sponsored the Fall Festival each year...

October 26, 2021

Thanks for a Great Silver Cup Celebration

by Jenny Pfeil, Director of Development The Fourth Annual Silver Cup Celebration was held on September 30, 2021 at the Willows on Westfield. After not holding the event in 2020 due to COVID, this year’s event was our most successful yet! We were able to share the New Hope story with the over 240 guests who attended the luncheon and raise over $122,000! This year’s theme was #Everyday Champions and we celebrated the wonderful New Hope associates who have gone the extra mile this past year and half to provide the very best care to those we serve as well as...

October 26, 2021

Four Decades of Loving Care

by Ken Rose, Manager of Capital Operations Anyone who knows New Hope’s Transportation Coordinator, Dorothy Nowlin-Love, knows how much pride she takes in maintaining our fleet of over 40 vehicles. She works tirelessly to ensure our vehicles remain safe, clean and in excellent shape, and has done so for the better part of her over-40 year career at New Hope of Indiana. Recently, the oldest vehicle in our fleet, a 2002 Ford E-350 van equipped with a wheelchair lift and equipment to safely transport people who use wheelchairs, known as van 329, needed a minor repair. Dorothy took it to a local repair...

September 28, 2021

Thank You Notes for our DSPs

Celebrating DSP Appreciation Week, September 12-18, 2021 "A great big thank you to everyone at New Hope. I hope you all know how very much my family supports you all. Without each and everyone of you these residents could not be the happy people they are. You all are the best and may God bless you." "Thank you so much for all you do!" "Words are not enough to express the gratitude I feel to the NHI DSPs- you are the heart and soul of NHI!" "We would like to send a huge thank you to the DSP’s and staff of Justin home. They...

September 28, 2021

Charitable Sponsors are an Asset to the Community

As New Hope prepares for the fourth annual Silver Cup Celebration this week, we are feeling especially grateful for our many corporate sponsors and community partners who have made this year's event possible. At the very first Silver Cup Celebration, the event emcee, Anne Marie Tiernon, asked guests to take a moment to look at the list of sponsors and to take note, because we as consumers have a choice to make. Every time we go to the store, buy a car, open a bank account, repair our home or make any other buying decision, we are choosing how to...