03 Nov Ian Wallace’s Story
Jeff and Sally Wallace have always wanted nothing but the best for their son Ian, who is diagnosed with severe autism. According to Jeff, “He is a happy, engaging, non-verbal autistic man.” The Wallace family wanted to find a home for Ian where he would receive care and could live his best, most independent life. His parents felt that they were losing the ability to take good care of him and provide the structure he needed to thrive. As they age, they want to ensure they have a long-term plan that will provide Ian with the best possible support.
The search for the perfect home, however, proved more difficult than they imagined. “We spent a year looking at homes and not finding one that seemed appropriate,” Sally explained. She said none of the homes they explored provided the level of care they felt Ian needed. After a conversation with a colleague, Sally was made aware of New Hope of Indiana. They were told that New Hope offers many engagement opportunities for the individuals they serve and provides a high level of care.
Sally decided to call New Hope of Indiana to find out what opportunities they could offer Ian. After touring New Hope’s day programs and meeting the dedicated group home staff, they decided it would be a great fit. Ian moved into New Hope of Indiana’s Justin Group Home in September 2021 and has thrived. We are so grateful to have Jeff, Sally and Ian as a part of our New Hope of Indiana family!