21 Nov New Louise Group Home Opens
After many months of planning, New Hope is excited to announce the opening of a new residential home – The Louise group home! This new home, located near 71st and Zionsville Road, replaces one that was formerly located in northern Hamilton County. Due to its location, the original home became difficult for New Hope to sustain due to its distance and staffing challenges. New Hope made the decision to close that residence and purchase one that would better meet the needs of those we support. As a result, the women moved to different New Hope homes that better suited their needs. Fortunately, the ladies who had lived together the longest were able to stay together as roommates in their new homes, and those who wanted to stay in Hamilton County were able to do so.
After New Hope sold the home in February of 2021, we began searching for a new one that would accommodate even more individuals. New Hope found a home in Pike Township that was perfect for our next group home. We had several individuals interested in a residential home, but before the Louise home became available, there wasn’t an option that was the right fit for them. The new Louise group home ended up being the perfect fit for several young men in the community. Two individuals have moved in so far, and we are excited for a few more to make the move in early December!
James relaxing in his new living room.
John settling into his room at the Louise group home.
Not only did New Hope open the new Louise group home this month, we are also happy to announce that the outside of the home is going to be kept beautiful as well. The Sages Garden Club of Pike Township has decided to maintain the landscaping of the Louise group home as an ongoing project.
The Sages Garden Club hosts a plant sale every year to raise money for their club. This year, they were able to raise enough money to take on a new community project and New Hope is the beneficiary. Beth Frailey, a member of the club and a master gardener, had heard stories about New Hope’s new group home from her friend Kathe Rae (a retired New Hope associate and current volunteer). When it came time to pitch ideas for a new club project, Beth shared the opportunity to do landscaping work for New Hope’s new group home. Everyone in the club immediately rallied behind this idea! So far, they have planted several bulbs as well as perennials around the mailbox. They are also starting to plan the layout for the landscaping so that they are ready to start planting in the spring. Once things are planted, they plan to include the residents of the Louise home in helping maintain the garden designs. We appreciate them choosing New Hope for their new project and can’t wait to see the landscape once everything is planted. To learn more about Sages Garden Club, visit their Facebook page.