June 29, 2022

New Hope Welcomes New Board Members

New Hope welcomes new Board Chair, Gretchen Sussman, and other new members this July. Gretchen will serve as New Hope’s Board Chair for a two-year term beginning July 1st. Gretchen has been on New Hope’s Board for the past two year and has served as the Governance Committee Chair and the Special Workforce Committee Chair. With Gretchen’s 30 years of experience in executive leadership, New Hope is excited to grow and flourish. New Hope would also like to thank Liz Hoover for her service to New Hope. Liz has served as the Board chair for the last two years. Liz...

June 28, 2022

A Note from Allison: Celebrating Inclusion

The month of June brings an opportunity to celebrate at New Hope of Indiana. It’s the start of summer, school is out and the sun is shining. It’s also an opportunity to continue to celebrate inclusion and the hope it brings. Inclusivity is a core value of New Hope of Indiana. For years, we’ve advocated for individuals with disabilities to be included in and around our community. We’re committed to being a welcoming and inclusive place to live, work and volunteer. Our associates, the individuals we serve, and our volunteers are important to us. We believe our community is...

June 28, 2022

Silver Cup Celebration Just Around the Corner

It’s almost here! We hope you will join us for 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. We will celebrate the individuals served by New Hope, learn what they are passionate about and share hope for the future - hope that unites us all as one community. Once again, we’re proud to have Anne Marie Tiernon from WTHR as our emcee, and are excited to welcome guest speaker Sam Schmidt, former IndyCar driver, current race team owner, philanthropist and disability advocate. Sam will...

June 28, 2022

CAMP CATALYST BIG SUCCESS

One of our dreams became reality with the launch of Camp Catalyst on June 20, 2022. Camp Catalyst brought kids together aged 9 - 16, both with and without disabilities, to play and learn together. And boy did they have fun! Amanda Boyd our camp manager, along with her volunteers Carter, Brandon, Amanda and our intern Katelyn, kept everyone busy with great camp activities. Water balloon fights were the number one choice of campers, followed closely by making slime, tie dying camp t-shirts and field hockey. Thank you to everyone who helped with this camp. And a special thank you to Jeremiah...

May 31, 2022

Celebrating New Hope’s Nurses

This May, we celebrated Nurses' Week with a profound sense of gratitude for the selfless professionals who have served our mission throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for each of them and the sense of comfort and peace that they bring to our New Hope community under the leadership of Nicole Powell, RN, NHI Clinical Nurse Coordinator. Nicole began her New Hope journey in 1996 as a Direct Support Professional. She was drawn to New Hope because she helped take care of her older sister, who is disabled. In her six years serving as a DSP, Nicole learned how...

May 31, 2022

Getting Back into the Community

While COVID-19 has kept New Hope cautiously inside our bubble, we are finally feeling safe enough to get back into the swing of things. This May, New Hope enjoyed Friends of the Fox, an annual tradition that allows our clients and caregivers to enjoy time behind the scenes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the practice days leading up to the Indy 500. After two years without this long-standing tradition, New Hope's individuals and staff were relieved and excited to be able to return to this beloved activity. Thank you to volunteer Bill Ray and his colleagues for making this...

May 31, 2022

Liberty Mutual Gives Back to New Hope

This May, New Hope was proud to host 20 volunteers from Liberty Mutual through the Serve Liberty program. These volunteers spent their day sprucing up the outdoor spaces at five New Hope homes to beautify the yards and gardens for the individuals who live there. They pulled weeds, cleared brush, put down fresh mulch and even planted some flowers for our clients to enjoy this spring and summer. They also helped with a painting project for our Silver Cup Celebration in August. Thanks to Liberty Mutual for spending a day in service to our mission! If you are interested in joining...

May 31, 2022

A Note from Allison: My Proud Look

My mom had something we called her “proud look.” When any of her children or grandchildren did something that made her proud, we saw it before she ever said anything. Sometimes she would text me if I could not see her, “I have my proud look on!” Today, if I have my own proud look, I surely have it on just thinking about #TeamNewHope! You may have already read that New Hope is an IndyStar Top Workplace for 2022 and that it is the fourth year in a row that we have garnered this honor! I continue...

April 22, 2022

A Note from Allison: Spring Changes

Happy spring! I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful weather! At New Hope, things never stop changing, and I’m happy to say that this spring, we are embracing this spirit of change by starting several new and unique programs. I have always believed that in any service-focused organization, the people providing care must be well cared for before they can do their job to their fullest potential. A few years ago, our leadership team made an intentional change to our Vision Statement that reflects this. New Hope of Indiana is committed to recognizing our associates for their unwavering commitment to service every day and...

April 20, 2022

Finding Inclusion and Meaning

At New Hope, there is one group of individuals that just might have more fun than any others. Our AIM participants, affectionately called AIMsters, are making sure that they live up to their program's name - Achieving Inclusion and Meaning. These young adults spend most of their time together in the Indianapolis community, learning skills for independence, practicing philanthropy through volunteerism and teaching others what it means to be truly inclusive. Our AIMsters, like most of the people we serve, have various types of intellectual and developmental disabilities. This can sometimes make it difficult to live independently, make friends, get a...

April 20, 2022

New Hope Launches Success Navigator Program for Associates

New Hope of Indiana is committed to recognizing our associates for their unwavering commitment to service every day and we will commit to provide them with resources to be successful both personally and professionally. To this end, New Hope recently began offering the Success Navigator program to all New Hope associates. This program allows New Hope associates to meet one on one with a coach to help them achieve their dreams. The Success Navigator will work with participants to identify their goals, connect them to community resources, governmental programs, and workplace benefits to support those goals. Participants might seek support for a...

April 12, 2022

Volunteer Appreciation at New Hope

April is National Volunteer Month!   In 2021, New Hope's volunteers provided nearly 1,000 hours of service to our mission despite the continued challenges of a global pandemic. From Board members and committee volunteers to corporate partners and friends of New Hope, our volunteers enrich the lives of the individuals and families that we serve. This month, we want to say a special thank you to a few of these dedicated volunteers. Kathe Rae Not only did Kathe Rae devote her nearly 40-year career to New Hope, she continues to serve our mission even in her retirement, coming nearly every week to work in...

March 29, 2022

A Community of Hope…and Social Workers

by Amy Flint This month marks my 37th service anniversary with New Hope of Indiana, something nearly unheard of among my younger colleagues. Not many people stay at the same employer for over three decades, but at New Hope, it isn't quite so unusual. New Hope's leaders, managers and even our Direct Support Professionals tend to stick around a lot longer than our counterparts at other organizations. I think it might just be because the people at New Hope are simply good people who share a great mission. I started at New Hope in 1985 as a social worker in the largest...

March 29, 2022

Consider a Career in the Nonprofit Sector

Why Work for a Nonprofit? The first thing you'll learn about working for New Hope is that we are an organization with a shared mission. This is true at most nonprofits. If you're looking for a career change that will make a difference in your life and in the lives of others, you'll likely find the right opportunity somewhere in the nonprofit sector. So why should you consider a nonprofit career? Do a Good Job Whether you work for a small organization and where a lot of different hats, managing a variety of business functions and services, or you have a more specialized role...

March 29, 2022

A Note from Allison: High Spirits

Happy spring! If you’re at all like me, the daffodils and crocus have boosted your spirits these last few weeks. More than the changing weather, though, my spirits have been boosted by your overwhelming generosity this month! In honor of Disability Awareness Month, you have helped us raise over $4,920 this month! Plus, thanks to a generous $3,500 gift from Bernie Konrady, long-time New Hope family member and supporter, the first $1,167 in donations in March were matched three to one. That means that your generous support has resulted in over $8,420 towards our mission and to our efforts of creating a...

March 28, 2022

Remembering our Friends

April Dixon 3/27/1976 - 3/20/2022 April was served by New Hope for over 22 years! She resided with her friends at Arlington. April loved when her family would get together and she cherished time with them. Her hobbies included listening to music, watching movies and TV, bowling, and eating and playing UNO (which she was exceptionally good at). April was loved by many and will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with April’s family, caregivers, Arlington individuals and all who called April a friend. Read more. Oscar D. Thomas 5/23/1960 - 3/17/2022 Oscar was a DSP with New Hope for 20 years,...

February 22, 2022

Inclusive Summer Camp Coming in 2022

New Hope of Indiana is excited to be offering a one-week inclusive day camp for youth ages 11-16 from June 20 -24, 2022. New Hope is committed to our core value of inclusivity, and we are excited to offer this opportunity to campers with and without disabilities. The week will be filled with traditional camp activities like tie-dying, jewelry making, sports, camp songs, water activities and much more. The camp will be led by Amanda Boyd, a certified recreational therapist, and New Hope associate. Volunteers will be needed to lead these fun activities and the week will end with a family-friendly community...

February 22, 2022

New Hope Receives 3-Year CARF Accreditation

Once again, New Hope of Indiana has received a 3-Year Accreditation from CARF - Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. This is a testament to the high quality services provided by #TeamNewHope each and every day! CARF accreditations are determined by a group of expert surveyors who review New Hope's programs and service delivery, policies and planning, and the overall satisfaction of the individuals we serve. After undergoing our most recent survey in January of this year, New Hope is proud to have received another 3-year accreditation. Here is some of what the surveyors had to say in the accreditation...

4 Benefits of Donating to Local Charities
February 22, 2022

Four Benefits of Donating to Local Charities

By Jenny Pfeil, Director of Development After working in the development space for over a decade, I’ve learned that when it comes to fundraising, charitable giving rewards both the donor and the nonprofit they choose to support. Whether you donate your time, talent or treasure, there are so many benefits of giving back to local organizations. For donors who choose to support New Hope of Indiana, this isn’t any different. Impact the Mission First and foremost, your donation makes a direct and meaningful impact on the individuals we serve. For me, this is the biggest benefit for both New Hope and for our...

February 22, 2022

A Note from Allison: Warm Spirits

Happy 2.22.22! Doesn’t a sunny warm day in February always give you hope that spring is near? As I write this, my spirits are warmed by this great weather. At New Hope there is also hope! After a tough round of COVID infection with the Omicron variant, we are happy to say that we are currently COVID free for both individuals served and staff. During the most recent surge, we limited Day Services to only those individuals who can tolerate a mask all day. Last week, we began welcoming other participants who cannot wear a mask all day back to the program....