24 Sep Exploring Indy!
Jacob Nydam first joined New Hope’s AIM program as a high school student at the beginning of 2019, attending only a couple of days a week. After graduating from Hamilton South Eastern this spring, Jacob began coming more often. His favorite part of the AIM program is spending time with his friends. He enjoys their trips to the park where he can explore the woods and to the library where he can read and learn new things on the computer. He also enjoys their volunteer activities with Meals on Wheels and other local nonprofits.
“Jacob is constantly experiencing new adventures each day he attends: bowling, golfing, visiting museums, movies, Colts training camp or the Indy500 to name a few as well as helping give back to the community through volunteering,” says Jacob’s mom, Susie Nydam.
“New Hope’s AIM program has given him a place to go every day where he has a purpose and is able to enjoy these experiences with his friends. I think it gives him independence away from us, his parents, which is so important. We are blessed to have found this program and the people that run the program are amazing! They are kind, patient, full of energy and always working on new goals with Jacob.”
If you ask Jacob, he’ll tell it to you plainly. “I like it here at New Hope!”
Outside of New Hope, Jacob lives at home with his parents and his dog, Pepper, who Jacob says is a “furball.” He enjoys his job at Hoolihans where he works three days a week. He loves to read and to watch Dreamworks movies, many of which he can quote. His friends in AIM describe him as hard-working, persistent, funny and interesting. They think he’d make a good trivia game host since he likes to write obscure and fun trivia questions.
At New Hope, we are all enjoying getting to know Jacob and his family, and we are so glad to be a part of their lives. Thanks for letting us serve you!