May 28, 2019

Zeller, Speak

Greetings friends, Officially, summer isn’t here yet, but it sure feels like summer to me. And I like that! We have some exciting news...

May 28, 2019

Finding Opportunities for Growth

By Denise Caudill Irons  I knew it would happen, but I did not expect it to happen so quickly.  Since my public declaration last month of being a control freak, I have been provided with “opportunities for growth.”  In other words, situations presented themselves where I was encouraged to release the white-knuckled grip that I attempt to have over my daughter’s life. The first revelation occurred at my daughter’s check-up with Dr. Escobar.  I alerted him prior to the appointment about concerns I had with her behavior.  My list of observations and worries were documented and ready to be discussed.  I was...

May 15, 2019

Mission Minute: A New Direction

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Six years ago, New Hope was in the process of transitioning from the St. Vincent system and one of the most important tasks at that time was the creation of mission and vision statements for New Hope of Indiana. Given New Hope’s long-term affiliation, the revised statements still encompassed the St. Vincent philosophy and a medically-based model of care. While those statements have served us well the last five years, recently the New Hope Board of Directors recommended both the mission and vision statements be revised and updated to better...

May 15, 2019

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)...

May 8, 2019

Why do you like art?

by Adria Schrack, AIM Participant Art - we each have a passion for it. We all love it and have some different ways to show it. Drawing is a great way to show it. Art is amazing in different ways. It's a good thing to express yourself. Creativity is cool since you don't know what you're going to make. Drawing you can make anything that is in your mind like animals, plants, self portraits. Creativity is in your hands. You can sculpt anything you put your mind into it. Music is another piece of art. You use your hands and voice...

April 30, 2019

New Hope Raises Over $27,000 for Art Therapy

Thanks to all of our friends and partners who attended last week's Silver Cup Celebration and helped us raise over $27,000 to expand and support our Art Therapy Program! The event was a celebration of New Hope's Year of Creativity and featured several of New Hope's most creative individuals. Starting with a performance of New Hope's choir and featuring a beautiful video with some of our artists, a poem written and presented by Robert Hoey and an impressive piano performance from Tom Murray, New Hope's creativity was evident throughout the entire event. Guests were able to shop some one-of-a-kind New...

April 30, 2019

Zeller, Speak!

Greetings Friends, I do believe Spring is here, despite some chilly days. The flowers are blooming, and almost overnight, plants have shot up out of the dirt in our bird garden. It is amazing how things change. By the way, if you are looking for a change, we have some great job opportunities here at New Hope of Indiana. The Vocational Services program is looking for an Supported Employment Consultant who assist people in finding and maintaining employment. We are also hiring a Food Truck Specialist who will be responsible for all aspects of the food truck and its...

April 30, 2019

A Note from Allison: A Successful Silver Cup Celebration

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Because of you we had a great Second Annual Silver Cup Celebration! I certainly appreciate everything everyone did to make this event a success! The event raised over $80,000 and netted more than last year! Thanks to our matching grant, donations, pledges and artwork purchases, over $27,000 will go directly to the art therapy room renovation and programming. A new door will soon be a reality! The committee led by Sarah Stone, New Hope’s Manager of Development, did an exceptional job planning the event. Thank you all! Thanks...

April 30, 2019

Spring 2019 Legislative Update

The Indiana General Assembly ended last Wednesday, April 24, 2019, without a waiver rate increase which New Hope had been strongly advocating. This is very unfortunate because the increase would have largely gone to increase DSP wages which is so important to the wonderful DSPs working at New Hope. The legislative session’s priorities were funding for Department of Child Services (DCS) and schools and that is where the bulk of the new money went. First Steps did get an increase, because it was closely tied to the opioid crisis and DCS funding. Even though there was no new...

April 30, 2019

Unbridled Creativity

by Denise Caudill Irons I am a control freak. Everyone who knows me is quite aware of my problem. I no longer go through the trouble of trying to hide it. My self-diagnosed condition worsened after learning of my daughter’s diagnosis. Part of the issue stems from the regret and guilt that I feel for not pursuing answers to her delays and seeking treatment at an earlier age. Some of the problem is the fear that if I drop the ball, she will not receive the best care possible nor achieve her potential. The rest...

April 30, 2019

Dan the Man

Dan Devries' life profoundly changed in 1978 when he was involved in an accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury, requiring a lengthy hospitalization and significant rehabilitation. However, throughout the years, Dan has not let that define his outlook on life. Prior to the accident, he was a loner, which is hard to believe for those who know him to be very social and outgoing today. In 1988, Dan moved into the residential facility and he resided on Beta Hall, which was the designated unit for persons who had experienced a traumatic brain injury. When the facility was downsizing to...

April 30, 2019

Seeking Volunteers!

The NHI Day Services Program is looking for volunteers to help with several interesting and fun activities. Do you garden or know someone who does? We have a garden club, which enjoys growing vegetables and reaping the harvest to make fresh and healthy recipes, and could use some gardening assistance. Perhaps you enjoy crafts and could share your talents with some fun, simple craft activities. The individuals who attend day services love crafts of all types, especially holiday related. Also popular is a weekly bible study and the importance of faith in every day...

April 15, 2019

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...

April 15, 2019

Mission Minute: Talent Acquisition Demands Innovative Strategies

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Thinking back to all of those years ago when I was hired at New Hope of Indiana, immediately following the interview, I was offered a position and started just two days later. While those were certainly simpler times, our employment world is now complex, dynamic and competitive. For a thriving, mission-focused future, it is essential that New Hope take advantage of innovative recruitment practices. The New Hope recruitment process, referred to as talent acquisition, involves a vast toolkit of strategies essential in addressing a competitive market while attracting a competent and...

March 26, 2019

New Hope Presents John Pearson with Partner in Service Award

At New Hope's inaugural Silver Cup Celebration, emcee Anne Marie Tiernon recognized New Hope's event sponsors and reminded the audience that these sponsors are investing in the good of their communities. A great way to decide where to shop is to learn which companies care about the things that are important to each of us. New Hope has been fortunate to have countless partners in the Indianapolis community who have offered their time, talent and treasure to support our mission, and we have been searching for a way to honor them as outstanding corporate and community partners. We are so excited...

March 26, 2019

Zeller, Speak!

Happy Spring, Everyone! Isn’t it fun to see the crocuses and daffodils pushing through the ground? Oh, it is such a great time to play outside. One of my favorite things to do is to roll in the grass on my back. Try it, you’ll like it. I'd have to say my favorite things to do in the spring are rolling in the grass, smelling the ground where all the underground critters have made their homes, chasing a stick and then shaking my head back and forth when I catch it, laying in the sun, digging in the dirt and did I...

March 26, 2019

A Note from Allison: Spring Cleaning

Greetings from New Hope of Indiana! Spring has sprung at New Hope and just like you we are looking forward to warmer days that make it easier for everyone to get around! New Hope has lots going on, but this month I want to highlight and thank New Hope’s Board of Directors who have been especially busy. Ron Mead, Hendricks Regional Health, Director of Mission Integration is the Chair of the Board; Liz Hoover CPA/AFS, Hoover Financial Advisors, Inc. is the Vice Chair; José Lusende, VP Strategy and External Relations, Indianapolis Recorder, is the Secretary and Jen Scroggins, Director,...

March 26, 2019

The Most Famous Singer at New Hope

by Caitlin Bernhart, Music Therapist In my nearly 5 years of being a Music Therapist at New Hope I’ve had the privilege of working with so many of our clients and have witnessed a wide variety of amazing passions and musical abilities. This has included some individuals quickly learning how to read and play music on the piano (something that takes most people years to master) as well as several clients who enjoy writing their own songs and then recording them. Each individual I’ve worked with has been memorable and influential in their own way, but one person in particular...

March 26, 2019

Actions Speak Louder than Words

by Denise Caudill Irons Before I had a daughter with a diagnosis, I was not familiar with the special needs community. My education had a slow beginning, but grew as I needed more information. I am fortunate to have access to knowledgeable people who helped guide me along the way. Now, by being open and transparent about our experiences, I hope that we are enlightening others who are not as directly impacted. My approach to providing awareness has evolved over time. Before I could become an advocate for my daughter and the special needs community, I...

March 26, 2019

Community Resources

In our ever-changing, sometimes instantly-changing, world, it can be hard to know where to look for reliable, current information and resources for our individuals with disabilities. A couple great ways to stay up-to-date on topics and changes in our community are to become involved in community activities, visit websites, and join mailing lists of various agencies within our community. What community activities are available? To start, New Hope is expanding our Transition Services! We are currently taking interviews for a new AIM group based at our Castleton Day Services site. Also, we are actively interviewing for...