June 26, 2018

A Note from Allison: Sharing Our Gifts

Happy June! Lately, I have been thinking about gifts, especially the gifts of the wonderful people surrounding New Hope. Some gifts are obvious like Lynn Feldman’s artistic and quilting ability that is demonstrated by the beautiful quilt she recently made. Some of them not so obvious like the gift of an individual we serve to make us smile; the gift of presence from one staff member to another; the gift that our maintenance people give the individuals we serve by letting them help and feel like “one of the guys”. The gift of love, care and devotion that...

June 25, 2018

A New Hope Photo Contest

Calling all New Hope photographers! As part of our 40th Anniversary celebration, we will be hosting a photo contest throughout the month of August. We have so many wonderful photos, old and new, and would love to see yours! We are having a contest with three categories: -Best vintage/old NHI photo; from the residential facility, when group homes and supported living homes were first started, Special Olympics, group shots, Halloween party, lip sync, or whatever other throwbacks you may have -Best photo which reflects the Core Values: Reverence, Service, Dedication, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity -Best current or more recent photo of NHI fun...

June 25, 2018

Zeller, Speak!

Greetings, my friends!   Ah summer…when the days are long and the nights are stuffy. I hope you are enjoying the weather as much as I am! Don’t forget to use your sunscreen and drink lots of water during the summer and be sure you do not leave pets or children in the car alone please. There are many exciting things going on this summer! Individuals in Day Services are doing a lot of gardening and have even harvested some of the results already. Some are participating in the Helpings of Hope Gardens and others in Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. We have also developed a...

June 22, 2018

New Programs Beginning Soon

Many young adults with disabilities have a difficult time transitioning from high school into adulthood. Unfortunately, services for these individuals are often limited and resources can be difficult to find. New Hope is committed to creating innovative programming that will meet the needs of these young adults. Our new Transition Services Program will consist of two programs: AIM: Achieving Inclusion and Meaning and the Food Truck program. Both of these new programs will be community-based and will offer skills-training in several areas to better prepare participants for living independently in adulthood. AIM is designed for young adults with disabilities who are...

June 22, 2018

“40 Years of Hope” Quilt Revealed

On Monday, June 25th, we enjoyed a good old fashioned ice cream social at our main offices on Payne Road as part of our 40th Anniversary celebration. It has been tradition over the years for staff and clients to make a decorative quilt to commemorate certain points in New Hope's history. This year, New Hope associates from each program contributed quilt squares featuring our six core values: Service, Dedication, Wisdom, Integrity, Creativity and Reverence. Lynn Feldman, Director of Supported Living and 40-year New Hope associate, is a talented seamstress and quilter. She quilted each square together beautifully in honor of...

June 22, 2018

Thank You to Our Dedicated Board Members

June 30th marks the end of service for three long-time New Hope Board Members, Dr. John Bloom, Tami Mantsch and Donna Cameron. We are so grateful for their contributions to New Hope over the last several years! John came to New Hope after his neighbor, Susan Robinson, introduced him to the mission and invited him to learn more about what NHI is all about. He most recently served as Vice Chair of the Board. Tami is the mother of former New Hope client, Holly. As a strong advocate for her daughter and individuals with disabilities, Tami brought a unique and...

June 22, 2018

Volunteer Highlight: Bill Ray

One of the most popular and memorable annual events at NHI for the past twenty years has been the Friends of the Fox trips to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in May. Friends of the Fox was started by race driver, Stan Fox, who sustained a traumatic brain injury in the Indianapolis 500. Following his recovery, he wanted persons with disabilities to experience the Speedway “up close and personal” and started, the Friends of the Fox Foundation. After Stan passed away, Bill Ray and another friend, Ron Kucer, were determined to continue the Friends of the Fox legacy. The IMS provides...

June 22, 2018

Client Profile: Marcia Carithers

This month we are highlighting another individual NHI has served for 40 years: Marcia Carithers. Marcia also has the honorable distinction of being the oldest individual we serve at 86 years! When she lived in the residential facility, Marcia was on A Pod, later called Alpha Hall. She was one of the lucky few to have her own bedroom. When the group home program was started, Marcia moved to the Laboure home and resided there for several years. She was able to move into her own apartment, which she really loved. In recent years, she has lived in a couple...

June 13, 2018

Service Spotlight: Godfrey Onuchukwu

Ten years ago, Godfrey Onuchukwu was looking for a new employment opportunity and was referred to New Hope by a friend; he has never looked back. Godfrey is a Direct Support Professional (DSP) in the Supported Living Program and his primary site is McCollough. Throughout the years, Godfrey has worked in multiple programs and sites and is devoted to the individuals he serves. He really enjoys accompanying individuals out in the community to parks, ball games, out to eat, and to special activities. At Christmas time, Godfrey took a client to multiple stores so the individual could purchase just the right...

June 13, 2018

Mission Minute: Associate Financial Assistance (AFA) Program Launch

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration We are very pleased to announce the highly anticipated Associate Financial Assistance (AFA) Program will begin on July 1, 2018! Thanks to you, our compassionate New Hope associates, board members, St. Vincent Health, the Daughters of Charity and New Hope, the funds needed to begin the AFA Program were raised. Some of you may remember the $34.77 Program that existed when New Hope was a part of St. Vincent. Named in honor of the Daughters of Charity who started St. Vincent Hospital in 1881 with only $34.77, that program provided interest-free loans to St....

May 29, 2018

A Note from Allison: Summer Changes

Happy summer, friends! The month of May is always exciting in Indianapolis, but this one has been especially exciting for New Hope of Indiana! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! To everyone who sponsored, attended, planned, donated to, created for and bought at New Hope’s first annual Silver Cup Celebration on May 3rd! What a great celebration it was! Starting with the New Hope choir singing Lean on Me, to our wonderful new video and prescient remarks by Dr. Rick Gunderman, all being emcee’d by WTHR 13’s Anne Marie Tiernon, our community really got to see and feel what...

May 29, 2018

Remembering Our Friends

Jerilyn “Jeri” Hogan July 20, 1962 - April 23, 2018 Jerilyn or Jeri was a very happy person, who smiled and enjoyed being with people. Prior to moving to Laboure group home in 2006, she lived at the Frederic Group Home. Despite ongoing health issues, Jeri was a trooper and did not let her health bring her down. In recent years she attended Castleton Days services and really enjoyed having her nails done, listening to country music, dressing up for parties and special occasions, and of course, socializing. She also liked to go bowling, attend the monthly Kiwanis...

May 29, 2018

Client Profile: Rick Borkowski

Rick was recently honored as one of the Class of ’78, having moved into the NHI residential facility when it first opened in 1978. He resided on D Pod/Delta Hall and moved to the Riley Rd. Supported Living Home in 1996. Just last month, in April, Rick moved to the 74th Place SLP home. Rick is very social; he loves to flirt with the ladies and also tease others, especially D.G. Saladin, Team Leader at the Castleton Day Services. D.G.’s brother, Jeff Konrady, is Rick’s best friend, with whom he resided both in the residential facility...

May 29, 2018

First Annual Silver Cup Celebration a Success!

Thank you so much to all of our friends and donors who contributed to make New Hope's first annual Silver Cup Celebration such a success and helping us raise over $72,000 in sponsorships and donations. With Pearson Ford's generous $10,000 matching contribution, $20,000 will go directly to the purchase of a van for the new Transition Services Program. The remainder of the funds raised will help us make an impact in the lives of those we serve. Thank you to St. Vincent for presenting this event as our Platinum Sponsor and to all the other sponsors: PNC, Pearson Ford, Insperity,...

May 23, 2018

Becoming a Part of Something Bigger

John Pearson's Number One Reason for Investing in New Hope [caption id="attachment_19931" align="alignleft" width="300"] John Pearson of Pearson Ford and his son, John.[/caption]New Hope of Indiana is a place that makes its way into the hearts of its visitors. Whether they come for a special event or for a quick visit, it's the people that make a difference. For John Pearson, the people served through New Hope's diverse services are the reason he continues to invest in programs like the new Transition Services Program coming this fall. "It's an emotional feeling rather than a sense of responsibility," Pearson says. It isn't...

May 23, 2018

Zeller, Speak!

Greetings, my fine friends! I have GREAT news! Our food truck has arrived and we will be open for business before you know it! We're still working on naming the truck so watch your email for a chance to vote on your favorite name! We will be serving mac-n-cheese with all kinds of toppings like barbecue, hot chicken, veggies, bacon, etc. It's making my mouth water, just thinking about it! This will be the first food truck in the nation to have individuals with disabilities both prepare and sell the food. We will be teaching basic culinary skills in food preparation, customer service...

May 11, 2018

Mission Minute: A Life Lesson

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration Recently, Mai Cooper-Nolen, DSP in Supported Living, shared a story of an interaction she had with Rick Borkowski which she referred to as a life lesson. I believe her inspirational story bears repeating with some additional thoughts. Mai wrote: Please allow me to share one of the many lessons I have learned over the years from our clients. I would say this one is one of the most profound teachings, I have had at New Hope of Indiana. I was working at Riley Road assisting Rick with a shower early in the morning. We were...

May 11, 2018

Service Spotlight: Pam Givens-Horne

Pam Givens-Horne has worked at New Hope of Indiana since June of 1988 when she began work as a skills trainer in Beta Unit, serving people with traumatic brain injuries. Pam has stayed at New Hope for 30 years because she genuinely enjoys what she does every day, especially getting to serve those with disabilities. Over the years, she has found ways to help those she serves live their best lives by taking them to the race track, going to see shows at Beef and Boards, and even visiting Disney World! Pam now serves New Hope's clients as a Team...

April 24, 2018

A Note from Allison: New Hope Stories

Spring Greetings from New Hope of Indiana! I am thankful for every day that we have sunshine and no rain or snow! I am also thankful for the sunshine we see in the faces of the people that we serve and our associates every day. New Hope is such a joyful place. It is hard to understand unless you experience it, so please come for a visit! You are also invited to come to our first Silver Cup Celebration on May 3 from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Willows on Westfield. Tickets are on sale until Friday, April 26th, so there is...

April 24, 2018

Zeller, Speak!

Greetings, my friends. Remember when you left high school and you had to figure out what was next? There were lots of options to think about: work, attend college or trade school, move out of state, join the Peace Corps or VISTA. There were lots of choices. Too often for students with disabilities who are exiting high school, there aren’t a lot of choices. That’s why I am excited to tell you about a NEW program New Hope of Indiana is starting in August 2018! Our new program is specifically designed to offer those students exiting high school, another choice in the...