15 Feb 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 the spotlight. I also think about how hard my ancestors fought for all of us to be treated equally. Being black has made me realize that I can overcome any obstacle that comes my way. It has also motivated me to work hard and be the best that I can be.
New Hope has supported me on all levels! I personally feel that everyone I have encountered feels like family. On a professional level, I have been given the chance to grow, learn, bring, and share some of my ideas to the table as well as continue my education. I love my job because I enjoy helping people. I get joy out of seeing people with disabilities continue to strive and live their best life regardless of the obstacles they face daily. There have been many days I have come to work not in a great mood or sad about something and my clients will say or do something that will put a smile on my face and make me forget about why I was upset.