January 30, 2024

A Note from Allison: January 2024

Wow!  What a 2024 it has already been!As you may have heard or read, on Sunday at 12:01 am, The ALTRUIST Group (TAG), another Indianapolis disabilities provider, transitioned its Supported Living Program (waiver) to New Hope! This includes seventeen individuals served and twenty-seven associates.  #TeamNewHope is growing, and we could not be more excited!New Hope and TAG have been very intentional about this transaction.  Jeanine Coleman, owner of TAG, and I have been discussing this for a year, brought together by a New Hope Board member who thought the organizations might be a good fit.  Our discernment process has been...

January 30, 2024

Celebrating Black History Month

This February, New Hope celebrates Black History Month to honor the sacrifices, contributions and rich heritage of the African American/Black community. At New Hope, we look forward to honoring the heritage of our diverse staff. Nearly 73% of our associates identify as Black or African American. Our associates bring unique experiences and heritage to our workplace, which helps create a more culturally rich community. One way we will be celebrating the heritage of our associates is through a traditional African dress parade that will take place in our Day Services program on Thursday, February 1st. During this event, associates are invited to...

January 30, 2024

2024 MLK Day Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr. lived his life dedicated to helping others. To honor his life and legacy, New Hope organized a day of service and celebration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year. We offered opportunities for volunteers to come to New Hope and spend their day serving and we also hosted a party in celebration of Dr. King for our Day Services and Achieving Inclusion and Meaning (AIM) programs. During our party, volunteers helped individuals served create a ‘How I Would Change the World Craft’. From creating a more inclusive world to making new friends and being happy, there...

January 29, 2024

New Hope is Expanding!

At New Hope, we are continually looking for new and innovative ways to serve even more individuals with disabilities in our community. As a result of these efforts, we have some exciting news to share! On Sunday, January 28th, The ALTRUIST Group transitioned their supported living program to New Hope. Through this transition, New Hope will be welcoming 17 clients and 26 associates to our residential program. Additionally, we have purchased 1 home from The ALTRUIST Group and will be supporting clients in 6 other rental properties. “We are so looking forward to transitioning new clients and associates into the New...

December 26, 2023

A Note from Allison: December 2023

Happy Holidays- I hope you had a great holiday, however you celebrated! As we now look forward to 2024, I want to take a moment and thank you all again, and let you know how grateful I am for each of you- individuals we serve, families, supporters, DSPs and all other members of #TeamNewHope!  We collectively work together to bring hope to each other.  In this daunting time, we all need hope! Last week New Hope was sure hope-filled!  If you saw the pictures, you know how much fun we had!  At New Hope we celebrate ALL the holidays, as evidenced by the...

December 22, 2023

Ascension St. Vincent Brings Holiday Cheer to New Hope

For over 30 years, associates from Ascension St. Vincent participate in Hope for the Holidays. Through this program, associates have the opportunity to sponsor individuals in need during the holidays. This past year, Ascension St. Vincent associates helped over 50 individuals served by New Hope and their efforts truly made a difference.   Photos above are of individuals with their gifts from the Hope for the Holidays program in 2022. Picture of Melody on her birthday.Melody is served through New Hope’s group home program and has been served by Hope for the Holidays for many years. For well over five years in a...

December 22, 2023

2023 New Hope Holiday Party

To celebrate the holiday season, New Hope hosted its annual holiday party for our day services and AIM groups last Thursday.  There were many fun activities at this year’s holiday party! Everyone enjoyed holiday-themed sweets and punch and participated in a holiday craft. We also played a 'Night Before Christmas' pass-the-present game with the winners receiving fun prizes. Additionally, we had a guessing game where everyone attempted to correctly estimate how many mini candy canes were in a jar. Of course, no New Hope party is complete without dancing! We finished the event by taking to the dance floor and celebrating with...

December 22, 2023

Columbia Club Hosts AIM for Holiday Gathering

The Columbia Club has been a wonderful partner to New Hope of Indiana for the past 3 years. Through sponsorship of our Day Services bingo and welcoming our Achieving Inclusion and Meaning (AIM) group to come in for tours, meals and special events, they have made a positive impact on the individuals we serve. At the beginning of December, the Columbia Club once again hosted our AIM group for a holiday get-together. During the event, several members of the Club spent time with, and got to know, members of AIM while making ornaments with them. To make the ornaments, everyone drew...

December 21, 2023

A Year in Review: 2023

From all of us here at New Hope, we wish you a happy and healthy 2024!...

November 28, 2023

A Note from Allison: November 2023

Greetings-  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of love (and turkey and pumpkin pie, of course)!  New Hope had fun getting ready for Thanksgiving, including filling our building with gratitude, making pumpkin pies and eating Thanksgiving dinner!  Even in these tough times worldwide, New Hope has so much to be grateful for and our Halls of Gratitude show it: friends and families, staff, coworkers, God, New Hope Board, our dogs, the Indianapolis Colts, The Children’s Museum and turkey to name a few!  I am truly grateful and inspired to work at such an amazing place with such great...

November 28, 2023

Double Your Impact this #GivingTuesday

New Hope is blessed to have dedicated supporters who help us carry out our mission every day. Support from our community, our family and friends help ensure that New Hope of Indiana can continue to be a leader in providing services for individuals with disabilities and their families. When you support New Hope, it allows us to research new ways to serve the disability community and develop programs that meet the needs of those we serve. Programs that help individuals transition from high school to full-time adult life like Achieving Inclusion and Meaning (AIM) and the Cheese and Thank You food...

November 27, 2023

New Hope’s Halls of Gratitude

“Be grateful for small things, big things and everything in between. Count your blessings, not your problems.”-Mandy Hale.  This giving season, we are promoting attitudes of gratitude at New Hope. To champion this effort, our Achieving Inclusion and Meaning (AIM) group is once again leading an initiative to line New Hope’s building with words of gratitude. They invited associates and other individuals served to take a paper pumpkin, write what they are grateful for and add it to the wall. It has been heartwarming to see everyone at New Hope – including those we serve, our associates and guests –...

November 24, 2023

Justin Group Home Reopens After Renovations

Article written by Gail Mehrlich, Team Leader at Justin group home. Chaos…a word we all know so well in our lives, but something that is not easily handled and requires patience. This is exactly what happened when Justin group home was displaced at the beginning of June 2023. The staff at Justin acted quickly when a sprinkler pipe burst causing all of the residents who live in the home to have to vacate. Two individuals temporarily moved to other New Hope group homes and six moved into the Homewood Suites. There were many ups and downs that came with six men living...

October 31, 2023

A Note from Allison: October 2023

Happy Halloween! “To everything turn, turn, turn…  There is a season, turn, turn, turn…  And a time to every purpose under Heaven.”  I was thinking of this song by The Byrds, which is based on Ecclesiastes 3:1, as I drove to work yesterday morning.  After the especially beautiful warm fall, we had our first cold spell.  It made me think about October and everything this month had to offer. Early this month, New Hope was thrilled to receive a Lilly Endowment grant for capacity building!  Thanks to the Lilly Endowment, the next two years will bring lots of excitement and growth to New Hope!  We...

October 31, 2023

New Hope’s 2023 INARF Award Winners

Every October, our trade association, the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Inc. (INARF) holds an annual conference where attendees can participate in sessions to build leadership skills, learn about industry trends, and connect with peers.  One of the highlights of the conference is the presentation of the annual INARF awards. This year was a special year for New Hope as we had two award winners this year! New Hope of Indiana’s CEO Allison Wharry was named the 2023 James M. Hammond, III Executive Leadership Award winner. The James M. Hammond, III Executive Leadership Award is presented to an outstanding executive/administrator within...

October 31, 2023

2023 New Hope Fall Festival

On October 26th, New Hope held its annual fall festival! We had nearly 300 individuals and associates in attendance, and everyone had a TON of fun! During the event, individuals, associates and volunteers enjoyed a lunch of pizza, breadsticks, carrots, grapes and fall-themed sweets. After lunch, attendees participated in a dance party complete with a DJ. Check out some of the awesome dance moves from the event below. In addition to a dance party, we played bingo where individuals had the opportunity to win fall-themed prizes. We also had fall-themed carnival games and a station where everyone could get temporary tattoos. New Hope’s...

October 31, 2023

New Hope Awarded Over $800,000 in Grants

New Hope of Indiana is pleased to announce it has recently been awarded over $800,000 in grants from two central Indiana organizations that will help us build for the future.  The first grant is from United Way of Central Indiana for $20,700. This grant will help cover the costs of a capital facility needs assessment and a space assessment of our Payne Road building. Our Payne Road building is nearly 50 years old and in need of repairs. The information gained from these assessments will be used to inform our facility plans in the upcoming years and ensure our facilities meet...

October 31, 2023

Cheese and Thank You Closes for Winter After a Successful Second Season

After a very successful second year of operation, the Cheese and Thank You food truck has closed for the winter. During their time on the food truck, participants were able to build many skills and gain valuable on-the-job experience.  When asked about her experience working on the food truck this year, LaDiamond Warren had this to say, “My favorite part about working on the food truck was adding toppings to the mac-n-cheese we served. I also liked working with my co-workers and meeting different customers. After I am done working on the food truck, I want to get a job.” In addition...

October 31, 2023

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Every October, we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) to honor the amazing individuals with disabilities who have entered the workforce. Additionally, we celebrate the contributions individuals with disabilities make in the workplace as well as the amazing employers in our community who have made it a priority to incorporate inclusive employment policies. The Office of Disability Employment Policy chose to make the theme of this year’s NDEAM “Advancing Access and Equity” to shed light on the importance of continuing to increase inclusive practices in all workplaces. To learn more about NDEAM and this year’s theme, please click here.At...

September 26, 2023

A Note from Allison: September 2023

Happy fall!! I hope you are enjoying the wonderful weather!! Every fall, we celebrate our Direct Support Professionals during National DSP Week. At New Hope we have a lot to celebrate because we have the BEST DSPs! Our DSPs are at the heart of everything we do. They provide 24/7 compassionate support to those we serve and ensure individuals are happy and leading their best lives. Additionally, DSPs make up the majority of New Hope’s associates. Out of our 350 associates, 73% are DSPs! I thought I'd also share a breakdown of how long New Hope's DSPs have been with us! As you can...