February 19, 2021

Zeller, Speak: Remembering Our Friend

Zeller 2/17/2009 - 2/15/2021 This beautiful boy left us to get his angel wings Monday morning, February 15th, just two days shy of his 12th birthday. He was diagnosed two weeks before with cancer and then he rallied and had a very good week and a half, including a good Valentine’s Day, which he richly deserved. He had the biggest heart and loved so many; he had a way of seeing into the hearts of others. Zeller served as a CCI Facility dog to New Hope of Indiana for 10 years. The work he did impacted many lives. His first day of work...

February 15, 2021

New Hope’s Black Leaders: Chasatie Finley

As we celebrate Black History Month at New Hope of Indiana, it’s important to us to highlight a few of our amazing black leaders. by Chasatie Finley, NHI Team Leader, SLP I was born in Peoria, Ilinois, and raised here in Indianapolis. I attended school in Warren Township and graduated from Warren Central. My family on my mother's side is originally from Lake, Mississippi and my Dad's side is from Arkansas. To me, Black History Month is a time to celebrate and reflect on how far black people have come. I think about all the accomplishments that have not always been in...

February 15, 2021

New Hope’s Black Leaders: Lonya Thompson

As we celebrate Black History Month at New Hope of Indiana, it’s important to us to highlight a few of our amazing black leaders. by Lonya Thompson, NHI Manager, Behavior I have been with New Hope for 21 years. I first started as a DSP at New hope while going to school to complete my Masters degree. Once I completed my Masters degree I took a job in Community Outreach as a Homebased Therapist. I advanced to become a supervisor in Community Outreach, and really enjoyed my work there. My passion really lead me back to working with individuals with disabilities so...

February 15, 2021

New Hope’s Black Leaders: Robert Hoey

As we celebrate Black History Month at New Hope of Indiana, it’s important to us to highlight a few of our amazing black leaders. by Robert Hoey, Served by NHI I am from Shelby, North Carolina. Mom was a school teacher. Dad worked in a textile mill called JP Stevens in the 1960’s and 70’s. He was also an artist and photographer. The both have passed away. I am an only child, but I am close with my cousins. I have 7 uncles and all are living today except one. My creativity comes from my family. It has been very formative...

February 15, 2021

New Hope’s Black Leaders: Trust Paunganwa

As we celebrate Black History Month at New Hope of Indiana, it’s important to us to highlight a few of our amazing black leaders. by Trust Paunganwa, NHI Manager, Family & Community Services Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, I was born in the middle of seven children and was first one to go to College. I grew up in the countryside walking 5 miles to school from 1st grade until 7th grade, without shoes, before going to boarding school. Most of what we ate was home grown. I can survive in different environments whether its rural or city life. To...

February 15, 2021

New Hope’s Black Leaders: Nicole Powell

As we celebrate Black History Month at New Hope of Indiana, it’s important to us to highlight a few of our amazing black leaders. by Nicole Powell, RN, NHI Clinical Nurse Coordinator I was born and raised here - a native Hoosier! My father was born here and is a direct descendant of the Potawatomi Indian tribe and African American and my mother was born in Itabena, Mississippi. Both of her parents were African American. My mom grew up on a farm that was given to my Grandfather where his father was once a slave. I have 5 siblings including 4...

February 15, 2021

New Hope’s Black Leaders: Paula Guynn

As we celebrate Black History Month at New Hope of Indiana, it's important to us to highlight a few of our amazing black leaders. by Paula Guynn, NHI Manager, Group Homes Born and raised in Indianapolis, I am part of a very large, close-knit family, where aunts and uncles are like mom and dad, and cousins are like sisters and brothers. For me, black history Month is very important. It gives us a time to reflect and remember those that paved the way for us, from  W.E.B. Du Bois to Rosa Parks, to Maya Angelou to Shirley Chisholm, Dorothy Height and Kamala...

February 1, 2021

Vaccination of Frontline Workers Critical to Stopping COVID-19

New Hope of Indiana is so excited that our frontline workers can get the COVID-19 vaccine right now, leading the charge for our community’s health and safety. It’s incredibly important for all of our caregivers to be vaccinated to help protect their health and the vulnerable population that we serve from this virus. The stakes are high. Coronavirus has already killed more than 9,500 Hoosiers and sickened about 620,000 Indiana residents. Why Healthcare Workers Should be Vaccinated The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended that frontline health care workers be among the first people in the country vaccinated for several reasons. The...

January 26, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines at New Hope

On New Years Eve, New Hope received the notification that we had been waiting for - New Hope's essential caregivers were officially eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccines! We quickly got the word out to those associates deemed eligible to receive the vaccine and they began scheduling their appointments as soon as January 1st. New Hope of Indiana believes that the best and quickest way to end the pandemic is for the majority of people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. To help our associates make an informed decision, New Hope has provided a number of resources including a conversation with...

January 26, 2021

NEWS: New Hope of Indiana Looks to Hire 50 in 2021

New Hope of Indiana is looking to hire 50 additional associates in the New Year. New Hope provides community-based residential, day services and other supports to Hoosiers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The majority of the positions are located in group homes on the Northwest and East side of Indianapolis and in Hamilton County. The organization has an immediate need to fill a growing demand for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who support New Hope clients. DSPs help the individuals they serve live their best life and assist them with fun activities and daily tasks such as bathing, dressing and...

January 26, 2021

A Note from Allison: Be Brave

Winter greetings friends, I hope your new year is off to a happy and healthy start! I doubt that 2021 has been exactly what any of us expected so far. But after the violence at the Capitol on January 6th, I was encouraged by the words of Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem last week: “We will rebuild, reconcile and recover and every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful will emerge, battered and beautiful. When day comes we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we...

January 26, 2021

Zeller, Speak!

Greetings friends, I hope this finds you and yours well and happy as we move into February. February is a very special month to me. Valentine’s Day marks my 10th year as a part of New Hope. And on February 17th, I will turn 12, which in dog years is 84 years old! I guess that explains why I move a little slower. I have felt so much love here and shared it with everyone. I have made so many friends at New Hope and I look forward to when I will get to see them all again. It has been a...

January 26, 2021

New Hope Supports Associates in Need

While many of our friends and followers know just how significantly the pandemic has affected New Hope's operations and the individuals we serve, there is another part of our New Hope community who has suffered just as significantly - our associates. Just as many of our neighbors have faced additional hardship over the last several months, members of #TeamNewHope watched as their spouses, partners and other family members lost their jobs or saw reduced wages. Many of them lost reliable childcare or, at the least, faced major changes to their children's education. Many of our caregivers have worried about the...

January 26, 2021

Voices of New Hope

After a year of feeling disconnected from one another, New Hope is celebrating its diverse and unique individuals, each with their own perspective, experiences, dreams and goals. This month, we're hearing from Sam Massaley. Sam and his family migrated from Liberia in 2000 and Sam joined New Hope in 2002 first as a Skills Trainer, then a DSP and now Team Leader for Demarillac Group Home. Sam has a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Indiana University and a Masters degree in Strategic Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He and his family are members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Indianapolis. Sam is...

January 26, 2021

Remembering Our Friends

Karron “Luddie” Kendrick 6/25/1961 - 1/15/2021 Luddie resided at New Hope's Demarillac Group Home for many years. She attended Day Service Program. Though nonverbal, Luddie had several ways of communicating her feelings and her staff was always able to understand her needs. She loved the warm weather and would enjoy sitting on the back patio in the swing. When she was in a good mood she would extend her hand to you to let you know that she wanted to take a walk outside or wanted to take a nap in her bedroom. Her roommates and staff are deeply saddened by her...

December 29, 2020

Holidays at Home

If we learned only one thing this year, it was how to cope with change. Most people don't like change or but 2020 left us no choice. In the weeks leading up to the holiday season, New Hope's leaders had countless discussions about the safety concerns related to COVID-19 spread in our community and the additional risk that family visits would carry this year. New Hope made the difficult decision to limit these visits including family visiting New Hope homes or New Hope individuals visiting their family home. Without these visits, most New Hope clients spent the holidays at their...

December 29, 2020

Getting to Know Gary

New Hope is lucky to serve some interesting individuals and this month, we met one of the most interesting. Gary Marshall has been served in New Hope's Supported Living Program for many years and was excited to share a little more about himself this holiday season. Q: What has New Hope meant to you over the years? A: New Hope has given me a little love and they have shown great help. I've been a consumer for a long time. The many staff have been kind and have made some great food throughout the years. Q: Did you celebrate the holidays...

December 29, 2020

A Note from Allison: Onward

Happy New Year! If you’re feeling at all like I am, you are probably counting down the days to the new year with anticipation for better times to come. This year has been tremendously challenging and has brought with it much stress, uncertainty and sorrow. I am so relieved that 2020 is finally coming to an end and that we can begin to look forward to 2021 with wishes of hope, healing and unity. Even though 2020 has been tough - very tough - there have been many bright lights. The first was, and still is, New Hope’s hundreds of frontline caregivers:...

December 28, 2020

Remembering our Friends

Bonita "Bonnie" Hasemeyer 8/11/1956 – 12/8/2020 Bonnie was one of New Hope's first individuals served, joining us back in 1978. She was fiercely independent! She loved working at Walmart as a greeter and in the electronics department for over 20 years. She could talk your ear off about life and loved to paint. She was involved in Noble’s art program and even sold some of her paintings over the years. One currently hangs proudly in the office of New Hope's CEO, Allison Wharry. Bonnie had a huge smile and loved to share stories with others. She will be dearly missed by her...

December 28, 2020

Mission Minute: Service & Dedication

In a year where celebrations are virtual and teams are working remotely, it has been challenging to recognize the dedicated associates with milestone service anniversaries this year. These associates have given years, some even decades, to fulfill New Hope's mission of providing holistic services and resources to persons with disabilities and their families while advocating to advance the opportunities for those in need of support. Most of them are Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) whose daily job duties include supporting individuals with disabilities with everyday tasks such as showering, grocery shopping, taking medication and more. You'll also find a number of...