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

15 Oct - Service Spotlight: Adebanke Faleke

Adebanke Faleke has a unique perspective of New Hope of Indiana and our mission. She has served as both a Direct Support Professional (DSP) in Day Service and AIM and, as of September, as a Behavior Consultant. We wanted to learn more about how Adebanke made such a drastic transition and why she chose to stick with New Hope in this new phase of her career. Adebanke is originally from Nigeria, West Africa where she earned her Bachelors in Theatre from the University of Lagos. She later moved to the US where she is now a citizen. She earned a...

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15 Oct - Mission Minute: Connections of Hope

Many of the individuals served by New Hope have strong spiritual and religious beliefs, but in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, they were no longer able to go to church or spend time with their friends from their congregations. This disconnect between them and their church took a toll on their mental health. Thankfully, New Hope has many friends including some dedicated volunteers from College Park Church. With their partnership, New Hope has been able to offer online Bible study each week during which the individuals we serve can find connection and share their faith with friends. Thanks...

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29 Sep - A Note from Allison: Welcoming Change

Happy Autumn! As we welcome the first days of the fall season, I can't believe how quickly the summer has gone by. The changing of a season always reminds me that change is often something to be celebrated. This year we have changed the ways we communicate, offer services, hire and train associates, and stay connected to our community. Believe it or not, New Hope has embraced new technology and is even hosting an online event this week! (Camp Raffle is Thursday, October 1st at 6pm!) These changes have sometimes been difficult to adjust to and have placed additional burdens on...

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29 Sep - Training Remains at the Forefront of Great Service

While 2020 has been a strange year for all of us, a couple of things have remained constant at New Hope of Indiana. First, we have always put the safety and well-being of our clients and associates first; and second, we have continued to offer important training to our associates to support their efforts. To offer the highest quality care to the individuals we serve, our associates need to be equipped with the right tools and knowledge to do so. This year alone, New Hope has provided vital training to our teams including individual specific training on individual risk plans...

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28 Sep - Virtual Volunteering

Volunteers have always been an integral part of New Hope's mission. From leading classes and activities in the original residential facility to helping coordinate fundraising events, to serving our clients in the Day Services program, volunteers have always helped move our mission forward and helped to provide a really enriching social experience for the individuals we serve. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our usual volunteer opportunities have changed in significant ways. Thankfully, everyone at New Hope is well-versed in flexibility. We quickly learned that virtual and online opportunities were going to be the new way to do things, including engaging...

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28 Sep - New Hope Community Thanks DSPs

Every September, New Hope and other disability providers across the country recognize Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and the amazing care they provide to our most vulnerable friends and neighbors. We had a great time celebrating DSP Week, and thanks to our New Hope community, we were able to share so many messages of gratitude and support to our caregivers. They are truly more than essential. They're EXCEPTIONAL! Thanks to our friends for sharing these messages. For all our New Hope DSPs - Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thank you for your patient time and caring. Thank you for your...

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28 Sep - Remembering Our Friends

Barbara Donaldson 7/30/1946 - 9/16/2020 Barbara moved into her home at New Hope in 2015 and her housemate and caregivers quickly became her family. She loved the color purple, any music she could dance to, a big smile, looking at magazines where she would pick out clothes she liked or food she wanted to eat. She was sassy and wanted to be the center of attention. She would call her staff "Mommy" as a term of endearment. She enjoyed coloring and doing other arts and crafts with her housemates. She will be missed dearly by all of her housemates and caregivers at...

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28 Sep - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings friends, Fall is here and the leaves are beginning to change color and crunch under our feet and paws! I love fall weather, and there are so many things to do. My favorite is a long walk through the woods. Although my age makes those long walks short ones now! Fall brings us pumpkins and apples and trips to the orchard. It is a good time to go to the zoo since the animals are more active in the cooler weather. New Hope is active too with virtual events like pumpkin decorating with Aktion Club, an online version of our annual Fall Festival and...

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28 Sep - A Career Full of Smiles

New Hope client Peggy Sales spent the last two decades helping others at her job at Walgreens where she cleaned, stocked shelves and helped out wherever she was needed. The most rewarding part of her job, though, was sharing a smile with someone else. Anyone who knows Peggy knows that she is full of joy! She enjoys sharing that joy with others in her everyday life and especially enjoyed doing so at her job. Recently, Peggy retired after 25 years on the job at Walgreens. While she'll miss her coworkers (and the extra money!), she is looking forward to spending more...

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15 Sep - Service Spotlight: DSP Week 2020

New Hope celebrated DSP Recognition Week September 14th-20th, and continues to celebrate our amazing Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) each and every day. The caregivers featured here are outstanding examples of New Hope's Core Values of Service and Dedication. Thank you to each of them and the hundreds of other caregivers who make New Hope the organization it is today. Denise Winbush I chose to become a DSP, because I was searching for a job that was truly centered around helping others. Retail and customer service were okay, but it just felt like I was there to do my shift and make my...

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15 Sep - Mission Minute: The Heart of New Hope

Every year in September, New Hope celebrates Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week, a few days set aside to celebrate the selfless caregivers who support the individuals we serve in so many ways. DSPs empower individuals with disabilities to live, learn and be a part of the workforce. DSPs assist the individuals they serve with daily living activities, transportation, general behavior support, and help create a feeling of home while building friendships with those they serve. DSPs also enable family members of those with disabilities to take a break, go to work or school, or care for their other...

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25 Aug - A Smile that Lights Up the Room

One of Vicky Cross’s favorite things to do in August is visit the Indiana State Fair with her friends and staff from New Hope. This year, she was disappointed to miss it, but she’s finding lots of other fun things to do this summer. Vicky has been served by New Hope since 2015 when she moved into one of our Supported Living homes with one of her childhood friends, Jeannette. As someone who enjoys talking to other people, Vicky has enjoyed New Hope’s Day Services program as well, making lots of good friends there. She has a great memory and always...

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25 Aug - Camp Bingo Returns!

We can't say how thankful we are for the patience and support that our donors have shown us this year! In March, we were excited to invite you to Camp Bingo, a fun event to support a fun new program, Camp Catalyst. However, we all know how March turned out. Just days after postponing the event, New Hope and most of the State shut down in favor of social distancing, remote work and masks. Since then, New Hope has shifted our focus to maintain the health and safety of the vulnerable individuals we serve and our dedicated associates. Now that...

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25 Aug - A Note from Allison: Celebrate DSPs

Happy Hot August! As a parent, others will tell you that the days are long, but the months are quick. That has certainly been true at New Hope this year. Each day has brought new challenges and opportunities for us to grow in our mission, but the busy pace of the day-to-day has made the months go by so quickly. I can hardly believe that August is coming to an end! While this summer wasn’t quite normal, we’ve been happy to find the small pleasures of life still make us smile. The individuals we serve have enjoyed afternoons in the garden, connecting...

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25 Aug - New Hope Celebrates DSP Week

Direct Support Professionals, or DSPs, are a truly under-appreciated group of dedicated caregivers. Not only do they provide necessary healthcare, they are often the biggest source of support for our most vulnerable neighbors. Individuals with disabilities often rely on DSPs for their daily needs such as personal care, meal preparation, medication administration and more. These caregivers are often the much needed support that allows individuals with disabilities to live as independently as possible. It is because of them that organizations like New Hope are able to provide high quality care. Each year in September, we recognize DSP Week, and this year,...

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25 Aug - Remembering Our Friends

Barry Clark 10/27/1955 - 8/9/2020 Barry was served by New Hope for many years. He even worked in the workshop at New Hope back in the facility days and spoke fondly of his experiences. He was an avid storyteller and history buff and loved discussing the inner workings of WWI planes. He loved model cars, trains and planes and especially enjoyed visits to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with friends and family. On any given day, you could find Barry quietly working on his various crafts that he would gift to friends and family. Barry loved fishing and always had a goal to...

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25 Aug - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings friends, I hope you are well and that you have been enjoying some of our beautiful weather, I know I have. The AIM groups have been busy visiting lots of parks, taking advantage of hiking trails and enjoying lunch outside. They even visited a park in Hamilton County that boasts a haunted bridge. Next week they will be visiting a llama farm. Day Services has been enjoying the weather too. They took some pictures with the beautiful sunflowers at Payne Road that our friend Kathe Rae helped plant. Castleton has enjoyed their outside space as well. It is disappointing that things are still the...

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17 Aug - Service Spotlight: Kelsie Winters

This month, Kelsie Winters is celebrating her 2-year service anniversary at New Hope of Indiana as Executive Assistant to the CEO, but it's really the rest of New Hope that's celebrating, because we are lucky to have Kelsie! In her role as Executive Assistant, Kelsie is responsible for supporting the work of the CEO, the Board of Directors and the leadership team all while acting as an ambassador for New Hope's mission. Her job description might seem vague to some, but that's because every day is different and requires flexibility to support a large team with a variety of projects. While...

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17 Aug - Mission Minute: Connections of Hope

Kindness and Consideration Are the Only Skills Necessary By Lauren Palmer I didn’t know much about my friend and neighbor Amanda Boyd’s job, but I knew she worked with individuals who have special needs. I also knew she was extremely passionate about it. So when Amanda invited me to a community engagement event at New Hope a few years ago, I gladly accepted. I’m ashamed to admit I have not spent much time interacting with people who have special needs, and that I have sometimes felt like I didn’t know quite what to say or how to engage with someone whose abilities and...

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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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