July 29, 2019

Desiring Independence

Sometimes it is hard for Linda Palmer to believe that she has been served by New Hope of Indiana for over 35 years. She moved into the residential facility in 1983 and was initially in a four bedroom on Alpha Hall. It was a tough adjustment at first as she moved from home and her family was in the Chicago area. Once Linda moved to her own bedroom, she really began figuring out her life and found a desire to be as independent as possible. In 1996, as the facility was downsizing for closure, she was...

July 19, 2019

A New Adventure

by Tim Dunkel, Food Truck Specialist The last several weeks have been some of the most challenging and rewarding weeks of my professional life. I've met a lot of new people and learned a lot of new things, and very few parts of my new job at New Hope of Indiana have been what I expected. Things that have surprised me about the individuals I work with: 1. Their knowledge and skills in the kitchen. 2. Their eagerness to learn about food safety and how to make good decisions while preparing food. 3. Their willingness to explore new foods. 4. Their openness to others' ideas and...

July 15, 2019

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. ...

July 15, 2019

Mission Minute: Volunteering is Always a Win-Win

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Thinking back to my childhood, we struggled financially like many families. However, the importance of giving back and helping persons in need was instilled in me by my parents, and volunteering was not a choice. It was expected of me. One of my favorite volunteer memories was when we hosted a neighborhood fun frolic with silly games and donated trinket prizes in our little backyard. Such fun we had and for a good cause as the proceeds went to Riley Children’s Hospital where a young neighbor had...

July 1, 2019

Cheese and Thank You is Rolling Forward

After what seems like a VERY long time, it's finally time to welcome our first Food Truck Specialist, Tim Dunkel! Tim comes to New Hope with a background in elementary school special education and applied behavior analysis (ABA). He has experience working with children and young adults with disabilities as well as restaurant experience, making him a great fit for Cheese and Thank You! Tim is originally from Fort Branch, Indiana near Evansville, and he graduated from Wabash College in 2015. His professional experience and passion for serving youth with disabilities drove Tim to apply for a Supported Employment position with...

June 25, 2019

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...

June 25, 2019

Client Spotlight: Bryan Ballard

Bryan Ballard is one busy man and that is the way he likes it. Bryan has lived in his own apartment in downtown Indianapolis for over six years and is served by New Hope’s FCS (Family and Community Services) program. He loves living alone for the privacy, being able to do what he wants to do and for the storage, especially his costumes. Bryan’s passion is attending Gen Con, Pop Con and Comic Con every year and participating in cosplay or wearing costumes. Throughout the year, he works on his costumes and props, eagerly awaiting the annual conventions. Bryan’s busy life...

June 21, 2019

A Doctor’s Service

New Hope clients, associates, volunteers and Board members would like to thank Dr. Ken Krueger for his faithful service as a New Hope Board member for nine years and would like to wish him well in his future endeavors. Dr. Krueger has been instrumental in ensuring organizational integrity and governance continuity before, during and following New Hope’s transition from the St. Vincent New Hope era to the New Hope of Indiana era. Moreover, he has also consistently advocated for the best interests our clients and has always displayed the utmost care and concern for New Hope associates. ...

June 21, 2019

A Note from Allison: New Hope is a Top Workplace!

Have you heard the news? New Hope was honored by being named an Indy Star Top Workplace! This distinction was earned thanks to our associates recognizing that we were top in eight areas related to workplace culture: alignment, connection, effectiveness, my manager, engagement, leadership and the basics including pay, benefits and flexibility. We thank our associates who work hard every day to provide a better life to all those we serve. We thank our supervisors/managers for their awesome leadership each day. We thank our board who are mission driven and provide thoughtful direction. And last but certainly not...

June 21, 2019

Zeller, Speak!

Greetings my friends, New Hope of Indiana is very proud to have been named one of Indy’s top workplaces! What makes New Hope of Indiana a top workplace? Let me tell you the top 10 reasons from my perspective: 1. The love I feel from those we serve and from staff 2. All the visits I get to do and the petting that results from visiting 3. Watching staff and individuals work together to make every day a great day 4. Playing fetch 5. Hearing people laugh 6. Meeting new people who want to be part of our programs 7. Comforting people 8. Sneaking in a kiss (technically I am not supposed to lick) 9. Napping on my couch 10. Knowing I...

June 21, 2019

Volunteering on New Hope’s Board of Directors is Inspiring

by Loraine Brown, NHI Board Member There is something special about New Hope of Indiana. Serving on the Board of Directors, every time I participate in our board meetings, assist in planning or attend a celebratory event like the Silver Cup Celebration, I am inspired! The leadership and staff exemplify a spirit of truly caring for those who receive services, their families and one another. To be inspired is to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Creativity is what New Hope does best, tapping in to the creative part of...

June 17, 2019

Taking on a Challenge – Together

It is our vision to serve "people of all ages to build a more inclusive community where all are welcomed, valued and living their best life." We are proud to be able to demonstrate that type of service through our AIM program. Seeking to achieve inclusion and meaning in the lives of program participants, AIM offers opportunities for clients to volunteer in their community, spend time learning how to navigate the social norms of our society, develop relationships with their peers and with others in the community and enjoy everything that the Indianapolis community has to offer them. AIM Manager, Amanda...

June 17, 2019

The Best Team Makes New Hope a Top Workplace

by Claire Bozzano, Director of Human Resources I am so excited to share that The Indianapolis Star has named New Hope of Indiana one of their Top Workplaces 2019.  This is especially exciting because the list is based solely on our associate’s input. They were truly the judges for this award! Being named a Top Workplace is very rewarding to me personally as I approach retirement from New Hope of Indiana in July 2019.  It demonstrates that our strategic plans to recruit the best and brightest, to provide those associates with every opportunity to learn and grow and to recognize them for...

June 14, 2019

Mission Minute: Small Miracles

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers “Never stop believing in hope because miracles happen every day.” Benny Hin Hope is one of the most important guiding forces in our lives, providing strength, optimism, passion, motivation, courage and so much more. Hope is essential during those stressful and challenging times. Yet, as this quote illustrates, it can be experienced in our daily lives if we are open to it. Miracles are not always spectacular and earth shattering, rather inspirational, memorable, touching and feel-good moments. As New Hope of Indiana is celebrating being named an...

June 14, 2019

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,...

May 28, 2019

A Note from Allison: Cheese and Thank You is Official!

Happy Summer! Are you ready for some mac and cheese? I know I am! Two very exciting things happened last week in the life of Cheese and Thank You, New Hope’s food truck: 1) the food truck and the kitchen where we will be preparing the food passed inspection by the Marion County Health Department, and 2) New Hope hired the food truck coordinator who will be responsible for all things food truck! A special thanks to Kathy Ballard, Director of Community Outreach Department, who has been working to get the food truck up and running. There have been more steps...

May 28, 2019

Interns Bring New Talent to New Hope

Throughout the years, New Hope of Indiana has provided opportunities for college students to complete practicums as a part of their specific degree curriculum, most of which have been clinically-based programs such as social work, recreational therapy, nursing, etc. While the clinical placements will still occur, New Hope has initiated a new program to attract interns for business operations such as marketing, fund development, human resources, accounting and information technology. The new internship program was designed in collaboration with the Butler Business Consulting Group and the objectives are as follows: 1. Attract future leaders to New Hope of Indiana,...

May 28, 2019

Another Great May in Indy

We are so glad to be a part of the Indianapolis community, especially this time of the year. For over twenty years, New Hope clients have been able to take part in the Indy 500 festivities through another initiative, Friends of the Fox. Started by Indy car driver Stan Fox and race car driver Jack Kerwin after sustaining traumatic brain injuries while racing, Friends of the Fox seeks to give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the traditions of May in Indy. Today, New Hope volunteers, Bill Ray and Ron Kucer, continue the legacy of Stan Fox and...

May 28, 2019

New Charitable Giving Experience

It is our commitment to our donors, volunteers and other stakeholders to continually improve your experience with New Hope and to make your impact more meaningful to you. With this in mind and in an effort to improve our online donation process, we've begun using Network for Good's online giving platform. Network for Good is a reputable company which you've probably used before without even realizing it. Even Facebook's charitable giving is filtered through Network for Good. As for your experience as a New Hope donor, it really shouldn't change much. You can still donate in all the same ways...

May 28, 2019

Inclusive Living

Jason Chang is an all-around talented guy. He has spent over a decade taking classes at the Broad Ripple Art Center, and his hard work shows. Jason is a painter and works primarily out of his home studio in his basement apartment. He enjoys working with lots of color (his favorite is yellow), and many of his paintings fill New Hope's administrative offices. He generously donated dozens of paintings to this year's Silver Cup Celebration in hopes of helping New Hope raise money for the Art Therapy program. He's even working on a commission for one of New Hope's vendors...