December 21, 2018

Thank You for Your Support

What a great year this has been at New Hope of Indiana! It has been full of celebration and commemoration of our 40th Anniversary! In March, we celebrated the actual day of our 40th Anniversary with a huge party where over 300 friends, family and those we serve came to celebrate with us. The Mayor even declared March 13th as New Hope of Indiana Day. In May, we had our first annual Silver Cup Celebration where our supporters donated over $60,000 to help support our newest community-based program. In September, we welcomed our volunteers, donors and community partners to the big...

December 21, 2018

Zeller, Speak!

Happy Holidays, everyone! This seems to be such a busy time of year. Remember to take time to enjoy the holiday spirit too! I wanted to give you a quick update on Cheese and Thank You Food Truck. We are very close to being up and running! There are just a few more steps. We have a couple pieces of equipment to be installed on the truck, the Board of Health inspection and then we will be on our way to serving you delicious Mac and Cheese with various toppings like meatballs, barbecue, hot chicken, roasted veggies. I am hungry just thinking...

December 21, 2018

Client Profile: Terri Hopson and Peggy Bland

This month we are highlighting our final individuals New Hope of Indiana has served for 40 years. We are so privileged to have been a part of their families throughout the years. Terri Hopson Some things never change, and Terri Hopson’s love of all things red was obvious soon after she moved into the residential facility on D-Pod/Delta Hall. While Terri enjoyed socializing, especially with staff, she was happy to move to the Demarillac Group Home in 1995. After sharing a bedroom with others for so many years, having her own room was special and, not surprisingly, it was painted red and...

December 21, 2018

A Note from Allison: Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays! New Hope is very jolly this time of year! We have had a Hanukkah party and a TON of Christmas parties. You can find pictures of many of these holiday celebrations on our Facebook page. We have also celebrated the end of our 40th year of Hope! Check out our recap of all the fun celebrations and events we enjoyed in 2018. Thank you to everyone who has been part of New Hope for the past 40 years. Whether you are an individual we serve, an associate, a family member, a board member, a provider,...

December 21, 2018

Peace and Joy

by Denise Caudill Irons, NHI Parent and Board Member As I started to design this year’s holiday card, which was later than usual, I was already feeling overwhelmed and anxious. As I scrolled through the possible card templates, I audibly sighed when I saw the designs that said “Peace and Joy.” I may as well have said “Bah hum bug!” as the sentiment was the same. When I have an unusual reaction to something so mundane, I know to pause and reflect on what caused that emotion to bubble up. It is always deeper than the superficial...

December 17, 2018

Community Partnership: A Holiday Tradition

As a nonprofit organization, there are two things that are truly important to us: our mission and those who help us fulfill it. We rely on our friends and community partners for support in serving individuals and families in the Indianapolis community. We are grateful for our partnership with St. Vincent and Ascension for providing support in so many ways over the years including an annual holiday party sponsored by Ascension's I.S. Department at our Payne Road Day Services each year. After raising money through snack sales and other office collections, Ascension employees purchase gifts, snacks and crafts and even...

December 17, 2018

Mission Minute: Hope for the Holidays

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Over twenty years ago, New Hope of Indiana was St. Vincent New Hope, a ministry of St. Vincent which served individuals with disabilities. At that time, St. Vincent decided to serve New Hope clients through their Hope for the Holidays program, a program in which St. Vincent staff or departments sponsor patients, former patients or other individuals served through St. Vincent's ministries who might be in need of some extra hope during the holidays. Throughout the last twenty years, the generosity of St. Vincent and Ascension Health associates has truly been a...

December 17, 2018

Service Spotlight: Kristy Abernathy-Davis

A little over twenty years ago, Kristy Abernathy-Davis was working full time at a public school with children with disabilities. At the time she also had a part time job at an agency similar to New Hope, but the hours were not conducive to her schedule. A friend mentioned New Hope, and when she came for her interview, she was really impressed. She began part time as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) and later became full time as she learned that she preferred working with adults. Kristy has worked in numerous programs and sites throughout the...

November 27, 2018

Remembering Our Friends

Gina Covington February 10, 1957 - November 3, 2018 Gina loved life, and there was no doubt about it! She was a power shopper and really liked to look for bargain purses, jewelry and games. She was quite the “queen of bling” wearing anything and everything sparkly and shiny. She loved bingo and attended the monthly Kiwanis bingo as well as weekly bingo at the Payne Road Day Services. Gina also worked at Noble Industries for many years. She loved comfort food, so her favorite restaurants were MCL, Golden Corral and Cracker Barrel. She resided at the Coopersmith...

November 27, 2018

Client Profile: Bonnie Hasemeyer and Alan Vinson

This month we are highlighting two of the individuals New Hope of Indiana has served for 40 years. Bonnie Hasemeyer Bonnie has always been her own person with very distinct ideas, preferences and desires. She moved into the residential facility in 1978 and resided on Alpha Hall. She was one of the lucky ones to have her own bedroom. In 1996, Bonnie moved to the Brendon Park supported living home where she continues to reside. Bonnie was likely one of the first people served by NHI to get a computer. To this day, working on her PC...

November 27, 2018

Zeller, Speak!

Greetings Friends, I’m back from a brief medical leave, and I thank you all for the prayers, love and well wishes sent my way. It is, indeed, good to be loved. While I was away, something very special happened…another CCI dog joined us at our Castleton Day Services location!! Her name is Oreo and her handler, Dorine Saladin (commonly known as DG), is a Team Leader at the Castleton location. The Regional Headquarters for Canine Companions for Independence is in Dublin, Ohio. That is where DG went to be matched with Oreo and learn all about how to work with her. They were in...

November 27, 2018

A Note from Allison: Grateful for Those We Serve

We who work at New Hope of Indiana are very lucky! "Why?" you may ask. We have many things for which to be grateful. First, we are so very grateful for the people that we serve. We are grateful for their love, joy and presence. Serving them and being part of their lives is an honor we do not take for granted. We are grateful for their families and loved ones as well. Without their trust and support we would not be able to be of service. We are also grateful for the people that give...

November 26, 2018

Disney World Dreams

We are always excited to help the individuals and families we serve realize their dreams and achieve their goals, even when their circumstances make that difficult. This month, we heard a story that demonstrates just that. Gina was in New Hope's care for 16 years and was most recently supported through the Supported Living Program. After developing some symptoms, Gina saw a doctor and was diagnosed with terminal cancer which would likely leave her with only three months to live. Her family wanted to make some of her dreams come true in that short amount of time, and within just...

November 23, 2018

Give Back this #GivingTuesday!

Did you know that New Hope receives the majority of our funding through Medicaid reimbursement? This means that many of the services we provide to our clients are paid for by the government. However, this funding often leaves a gap between what is paid for by Medicaid and the quality of care that we are committed to providing to our clients. For example, New Hope offers art therapy which is led by a trained, masters-level art therapist in which clients are able to express themselves through many different art mediums like painting, sculpting, tile mosaic and more. Because Medicaid does...

November 23, 2018

Thankful for 40 Years of Hope

Over the last four decades, New Hope of Indiana has been honored to serve thousands of people throughout Indianapolis and surrounding communities. What began as the dream of a group of mothers to find a safe and nurturing place for their children with cerebral palsy to live and thrive has now grown into a multifaceted organization serving people of all kinds. We are proud to maintain the level of care that those parents went searching for all those years ago across all of our programs and services, and if this year of celebration has made anything clear, it's that this...

November 14, 2018

Mission Minute: Embracing Gratitude is Healthy!

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers This 40th Anniversary year has been so special for New Hope with all of the events and activities providing opportunities to reflect on our rich history, celebrate our vibrant present and look towards our very exciting future. As our memorable year is about to end, this Thanksgiving season is a perfect and timely reminder to consciously embrace gratitude, not just at work, but also in our personal lives. “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward Did you...

November 14, 2018

Service Spotlight: Chris Schwarz

Chris Schwarz answered an ad in the paper for a grounds worker twenty years ago this month. At the time he had no idea how many yards the he would be maintaining, which was certainly a lot between the group homes and supported living sites. More importantly he had no way of knowing the impact of working at New Hope would have on his life. After a few years of grounds work, Chris was asked by Sr. Francine Brown, who was overseeing Maintenance at the time, to help with site work orders and the rest is history. As...

November 14, 2018

New Hope’s Social Life is Better than Mine

Last week we welcomed three surveyors from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and were pleased to hear that they found all of the great things that we see in our work every day. Here's just a little of what they learned. In our music therapy program, clients like Stephanie work toward personal goals such as getting a job or a driver's license. Sometimes, these goals are daunting and they may seem out of reach or overwhelming. To better cope with that frustration and to express the emotions that come along with it, people like Stephanie are choosing popular...

November 12, 2018

Delving Deep into Thankfulness

by Denise Caudill Irons, NHI Parent and Board Member As I reflect on the things for which I am grateful, I tend to focus on the superficiality when it comes to my daughter. For instance, I am thankful that she is happy and healthy. I am grateful that she loves going to school, has a good sense of humor, and is friendly and kind. I realize that although I find it difficult to see her developmentally behind her peers, I am thankful that we don’t have to participate in the high-achieving, college bound track. If she were...

October 30, 2018

Client Profile: William Webster

William Webster has always liked to dress up and it is surprising he has not been featured in GQ (Gentleman’s Quarterly) as he is best described as “dapper.” William was one of the individuals recognized for being served for 40 years at NHI. He resided in the residential facility on Delta/D pod. His desire to look sharp, dates back many years as he would dress up in a suit when his family planned to visit him at the facility. He would patiently await their arrival, hoping his Aunt Blue would bake him a sweet potato pie. ...