21 Oct A Note from Allison: October 2022
I cannot believe it is almost Halloween! I hope you all had a chance to get out and enjoy last weekend. Wasn’t it beautiful!
October continues to be a very busy month because we have so many good things going on! We started the month off with our annual Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Inc. (INARF) conference. At this conference, our associates were able to interact with others in the disability services world to share and hear ideas so that all providers can continuously innovate and provide the best possible level of care to the individuals we serve. This event is a great way to stay up to date with industry advancements and network with other industry leaders.
While at the INARF conference, one of New Hope’s associates, Teyana Lockett, received the Costa N. Miller Scholarship Award. This award is given to human service professionals whose duties include direct contact with persons served. Teyana has been an associate at New Hope since 2016 and has served most of those years as a Direct Support Professional (DSP). Recently, she was promoted to a Team Leader position in our Supported Living Program. Therefore, all of Teyana’s time at New Hope has involved working directly with individuals served. Congrats, Teyana, and we are so grateful that you are a part of #TeamNewHope.
This past week, we hosted our annual Fall Festival for individuals served, and it was a blast! There were around 200 attendees at this year’s celebration. We had arts and crafts, bingo, a DJ, pizza, and desserts! Many individuals dressed up and competed in our annual costume contest. There were a lot of great costumes, so it was pretty tough competition this year! Our Aktion Club held a Pie-in-the-Face fundraiser and was able to donate $230 to UNICEF. Overall, the Fall Festival was a huge success! Thank you so much to all of our associates, volunteers and friends from the Kiwanis Club of Northwest Indiana for making this event so great!
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. At New Hope, we take pride in our Vocational Services program and the over 60 individuals it serves each year. Our Vocational Services team is expanding with the hire of an additional Supported Employment Consultant which will allow us to increase the number of individuals we will support next year. We are thrilled to be able to grow this important program!
As cold and flu season approaches, our nursing team is busy ensuring the individuals we serve are up to date on their vaccines and flu shots. Additionally, we are holding two flu shot clinics for our associates to help ensure we are as prepared as possible.
Finally, we are hosting a job fair on November 10th from 9:00-5:00 in the Rendu Room, if you know anyone that would make a great DSP, send them our way! Thank you!
I hope you all stay healthy and enjoy the fall!