New Hope of Indiana | Our Stories
For over forty years, New Hope of Indiana has been committed to supporting individuals and families, encouraging them to live their most independent, fulfilling lives. Through services for individuals with disabilities, counseling for families in the child welfare system and advocacy efforts, New Hope of Indiana is making an impact in our communities every day.
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Our Stories

28 Jul - Volunteers Needed

While COVID-19 has changed the way New Hope is able to utilize our generous and dedicated volunteers, we are still in need of your help! Volunteer opportunities are available for both individuals and groups and can be either virtual from the comfort of your own home or in-person at our Payne Road offices. Volunteering at New Hope can be especially rewarding as volunteers bring their own interests, passions and talents to the individuals we serve. The list of opportunities below is by no means exhaustive - we want you to bring your ideas to us as well! Special thanks to...

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28 Jul - A Note from Allison: An Unexpected Year

Summer greetings to our New Hope family! July is the beginning of New Hope’s fiscal year when we take time to reflect on our progress toward our strategic goals and our plans for the new year. And while this reflection has often brought me pride, this year I am especially in awe of the amazing accomplishments of our #TeamNewHope! In the first half of our fiscal year, we were so excited to launch Cheese and Thank You, the unique food truck program which provides vocational training to young adults with disabilities. We also welcomed several new young people to our family...

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28 Jul - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings Friends, I hope you are doing well and enjoying the sunshine. I know I am loving laying in the grass and soaking up some rays! I am pleased to report the AIM groups are up and running. They are doing lots of outdoor activities and having fun. I heard they went to the haunted bridge in Avon, Garfield Park, played basketball and enjoyed some inside games and fun. It is nice to see everyone and they are happy to be here and out of the house. Richie reports, “The people in our group are fun and cool to hang out with”. Another...

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28 Jul - New Hope’s DEI Advisory Committee

While this year has brought many unexpected challenges, New Hope is excited to take this opportunity to learn from our mistakes, to listen to the many different voices of our own associates, and to be a leader for inclusion in our community. In light of the many recent events which have brought our conversations to the topic of systemic racism, New Hope has created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee made up of associates of different backgrounds, who serve at different levels in our organization. The committee met for the first time this month to discuss issues related to...

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28 Jul - Walking for Dreams is August 16th

Each year, our friends at the Sycamore Foundation organize Walking for Dreams, an annual walk to support dozens of local nonprofit organizations like New Hope. Due to COVID-19, May's Walking for Dreams has been rescheduled for August 16th and several changes have been made to make sure the event is safe and meaningful for everyone involved. New Hope will be participating virtually rather than gathering downtown as usual in hopes that our walkers will stay safe and healthy. This means that you can walk in your own neighborhood on your own schedule at your own convenience! Just find time the week...

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28 Jul - Remembering Our Friends

Joy Martin 2/24/1951 - 7/6/2020 Joy lived at New Hope for over 30 years and the associates and residents became her family. She was the proud mother to her fur baby (cat), Ebony. Joy was a light to all those who knew her. She never met a stranger and enjoyed meeting other people while going out in the community. Joy loved shopping, coloring, and everything that glittered and sparkled. As you can imagine, Christmas was Joy’s favorite holiday. During Christmas, Joy was the happiest decorating the tree, receiving gifts, and eating homemade dinner. But of all these things, Joy loved her...

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28 Jul - Excited to Be Back

Denni is one of New Hope's most bubbly and friendly clients, almost always smiling and saying hello to everyone she meets! She lives at home with her Mom and Dad and Gabby the cat. She meows real loud! She also has two older brothers that don’t live at home anymore. Denni graduated from Brownsburg High School and transitioned to the AIM program when the second group started last year. She makes a great addition to the group as she speaks her mind and is very fashionable! While she enjoys her time at New Hope, she also has a long-time staff...

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15 Jul - Service Spotlight: Andrea Paille

For several months, New Hope thought about how best to transform our training programs to both meet the State’s requirements and grow our associates to meet their potential. We created a new position to facilitate a meaningful learning program for all associates with the title of Learning and Development Specialist, and earlier this year, we welcomed Andrea Paille to our team to fill this new role. Andrea comes to New Hope with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters degree and license in Clinical and Humanistic Psychology. She is passionate about serving others and helping them grow through personal and...

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15 Jul - Mission Minute: Dedication Takes on an Unexpected Meaning

Throughout the last several, trying months at New Hope of Indiana, our amazing associates have demonstrated each of our Core Values in their work in unexpected ways. The most incredible example of this is our Core Value of Dedication. Part of our commitment to Dedication states that we "encourage others to go above and beyond to persevere and give from the heart." We never expected to have to ask so much of our associates as we have throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They have truly gone above and beyond, serving our most vulnerable clients and sacrificing so much of their personal...

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30 Jun - Virtual Silver Cup Celebration a Success

Despite cancelling our largest fundraiser of the year, we are so excited to say THANK YOU to all of our sponsors and donors for making our Silver Cup Celebration a success! While we weren't able to gather as planned for our Third Annual Silver Cup Celebration, several of our usual sponsors contributed more than ever to support our new needs during the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to Ascension St. Vincent, PNC Bank, Gregory & Appel, Conner Insurance and Bradley Associates for their continued sponsorship! In addition to their generous support, our friends at Pearson Ford matched the campaign's donations with a...

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26 Jun - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings friends, Guess what? I'M FINALLY BACK AT WORK! After several dog years, New Hope has finally decided to reopen Day Services at Payne Road where I work and at Castleton where my friend Oreo works. Don't get me wrong - I love a lazy day full of naps, pets and snacks at home. But boy, was I getting tired of the view from my window. At New Hope, I can visit with my friends who I missed so much! I can enjoy a walk in the courtyard and a sniff in the garden. I can even enjoy a dance party! While...

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26 Jun - A Note from Allison: Finally Some Good News

Hello New Hope friends, June has brought us some much-needed good news! All of the clients in our homes are negative for COVID-19! What else? No associates have tested newly positive since May 13th! We are finally feeling some of the weight of this spring’s work being lifted from our shoulders, and it is all thanks to the hard work of our frontline caregivers. They have worked tirelessly to provide loving service and at the same time wear PPE, keep our homes clean, the individuals we serve happy and their workplaces safe. We acknowledge that this may not be the...

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26 Jun - A Heart of Gold

While most people are tired of being stuck at home during the COVID-19 crisis, Jana Alenduff has enjoyed staying busy at home. Jana lives in New Hope's Louise Group Home with seven other women, so you can imagine how lively the house can be! Jana enjoys living in her home and gets along well with her housemates. She has been using her time at home to make paper chain decorations for family, friends and staff members. Her Team Leader, Lucinda, says, "She has always had a heart of gold!" Jana also stays active, and was a front runner in New Hope's...

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26 Jun - Cheese and Thank You is Taking a Break

We know our loyal fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of the Cheese and Thank You food truck and its mouthwatering mac-n-cheese topped with BBQ pulled pork, veggies or buffalo chicken. Unfortunately, New Hope of Indiana has made the difficult decision not to send the truck out into the community this year and to put the program on the back burner for now. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution because of the health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It would be incredibly difficult for our client staff members to socially...

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23 Jun - Remembering Our Friends

James “JR” Eaton 5/28/1956 – 6/9/2020 If New Hope ever had a “Mr. Congeniality” award, there is no question that James “JR” Eaton would have won. With his charming personality, engaging smile and delightful sense of humor it's no wonder he easily became friends with everyone around him, many of them becoming friends for life. This includes people he met at his schools, churches, Bradford Woods Camp, and his many years being served by New Hope. JR lived with his parents until he moved into the New Hope residential facility in 1985. His parents, Bob and Sara, were volunteers at New Hope facility...

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22 Jun - New Hope is a Top Workplace for 2020

New Hope of Indiana has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor by the Indianapolis Star for the second year in a row. The nonprofit also was singled out for a special award in the Training category for giving associates the formal training they want for their careers. The list from The Indianapolis Star is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name...

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15 Jun - Mission Minute: Connections of Hope

While we continue to celebrate and recognize the many Connections of Hope that bring our New Hope community together each and every day, the word "connection" has taken on a much more specific meaning. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, New Hope has continued to provide meaningful and engaging activities for the individuals we serve including telehealth services, movie screening parties, Bible Study and bingo. We are so grateful to the associates and volunteers who have made these virtual connections possible while the world has felt a bit disconnected. We have been especially thankful to our friends at College Park Church and...

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12 Jun - New Hope of Indiana Awards First Direct Support Professional of the Year Award

New Hope of Indiana has announced the first-ever winner of the Lynn Feldman and Kathe Rae Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the Year Award. Jonel Foreste has worked for nearly 20 years as a DSP for the nonprofit organization that serves Hoosiers with developmental disabilities. This announcement comes at a time when DSPs have proven to be especially vital supports. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, these caregivers continued working around the clock to serve our most vulnerable neighbors. “Jonel embodies everything we could ask a DSP to be,” said New Hope CEO Allison Wharry. “He strives every day to make the individuals he...

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26 May - Third Annual Silver Cup Celebration Cancelled

So much of our business as usual has been interrupted by COVID-19 concerns, and with these concerns in mind, we are sad to announce that we will not be hosting our Third Annual Silver Cup Celebration as originally planned for June 11, 2020. New Hope's Silver Cup Celebration is an annual event which allows us to come together to celebrate the amazing things our donors and sponsors allow us to accomplish each year. We showcase some of the talented individuals that we serve, we honor our partners and associates and we take time to say thank you to all of...

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26 May - A Note from Allison: Getting Back on Track

Dear New Hope friends, Today I am grateful to report that New Hope has seen a marked decline in COVID-19 activity among the individuals we serve and our associates. While this virus continues to affect those we serve, their caregivers and the way we run our programs every day, it feels like, for now, we are on the mend. As we begin to look forward to what is next for New Hope, I am cautiously optimistic that we can begin to move toward reopening some of our services which have been halted by this pandemic. Just as Governor Holcomb has...

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