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 Jul - Service Spotlight: Christa Robinson

[caption id="attachment_24311" align="alignleft" width="226"] Christa with her daughter.[/caption]Christa has a passion for families, especially children. Her degree is in human ecology with a minor in child development. At the recommendation of a New Hope associate, Christa was initially hired as a team leader in the Family and Community Services (FCS) program. After eight months she transferred to the Home Based Counseling Program as Case Manager, as it was her goal to work with families. Christa loves her position so much that it does not feel like work to her, even with the challenges and frustrations. ...

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15 Jul - Mission Minute: Volunteering is Always a Win-Win

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Thinking back to my childhood, we struggled financially like many families. However, the importance of giving back and helping persons in need was instilled in me by my parents, and volunteering was not a choice. It was expected of me. One of my favorite volunteer memories was when we hosted a neighborhood fun frolic with silly games and donated trinket prizes in our little backyard. Such fun we had and for a good cause as the proceeds went to Riley Children’s Hospital where a young neighbor had...

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01 Jul - Cheese and Thank You is Rolling Forward

After what seems like a VERY long time, it's finally time to welcome our first Food Truck Specialist, Tim Dunkel! Tim comes to New Hope with a background in elementary school special education and applied behavior analysis (ABA). He has experience working with children and young adults with disabilities as well as restaurant experience, making him a great fit for Cheese and Thank You! Tim is originally from Fort Branch, Indiana near Evansville, and he graduated from Wabash College in 2015. His professional experience and passion for serving youth with disabilities drove Tim to apply for a Supported Employment position with...

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25 Jun - Remembering Our Friends

Paul Tomastic September 2, 1957 – June 14, 2019 Paul maintained one of the most positive and faith-filled outlooks even though he faced many challenges through his life. He moved into the residential facility in 1983 and resided on Alpha Hall. He moved out into the Supported Living home on 60th St. in 1996 and later moved to the 62nd St. home. He resided there until he was transferred to a healthcare facility in 2017. Paul’s gentle, fun loving spirit, sense of humor, bright eyes and beautiful smile were truly an inspiration. He was devoted to his...

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25 Jun - Client Spotlight: Bryan Ballard

Bryan Ballard is one busy man and that is the way he likes it. Bryan has lived in his own apartment in downtown Indianapolis for over six years and is served by New Hope’s FCS (Family and Community Services) program. He loves living alone for the privacy, being able to do what he wants to do and for the storage, especially his costumes. Bryan’s passion is attending Gen Con, Pop Con and Comic Con every year and participating in cosplay or wearing costumes. Throughout the year, he works on his costumes and props, eagerly awaiting the annual conventions. Bryan’s busy life...

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21 Jun - A Doctor’s Service

New Hope clients, associates, volunteers and Board members would like to thank Dr. Ken Krueger for his faithful service as a New Hope Board member for nine years and would like to wish him well in his future endeavors. Dr. Krueger has been instrumental in ensuring organizational integrity and governance continuity before, during and following New Hope’s transition from the St. Vincent New Hope era to the New Hope of Indiana era. Moreover, he has also consistently advocated for the best interests our clients and has always displayed the utmost care and concern for New Hope associates. ...

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21 Jun - A Note from Allison: New Hope is a Top Workplace!

Have you heard the news? New Hope was honored by being named an Indy Star Top Workplace! This distinction was earned thanks to our associates recognizing that we were top in eight areas related to workplace culture: alignment, connection, effectiveness, my manager, engagement, leadership and the basics including pay, benefits and flexibility. We thank our associates who work hard every day to provide a better life to all those we serve. We thank our supervisors/managers for their awesome leadership each day. We thank our board who are mission driven and provide thoughtful direction. And last but certainly not...

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21 Jun - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings my friends, New Hope of Indiana is very proud to have been named one of Indy’s top workplaces! What makes New Hope of Indiana a top workplace? Let me tell you the top 10 reasons from my perspective: 1. The love I feel from those we serve and from staff 2. All the visits I get to do and the petting that results from visiting 3. Watching staff and individuals work together to make every day a great day 4. Playing fetch 5. Hearing people laugh 6. Meeting new people who want to be part of our programs 7. Comforting people 8. Sneaking in a kiss (technically I am not supposed to lick) 9. Napping on my couch 10. Knowing I...

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21 Jun - Volunteering on New Hope’s Board of Directors is Inspiring

by Loraine Brown, NHI Board Member There is something special about New Hope of Indiana. Serving on the Board of Directors, every time I participate in our board meetings, assist in planning or attend a celebratory event like the Silver Cup Celebration, I am inspired! The leadership and staff exemplify a spirit of truly caring for those who receive services, their families and one another. To be inspired is to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Creativity is what New Hope does best, tapping in to the creative part of...

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17 Jun - Taking on a Challenge – Together

It is our vision to serve "people of all ages to build a more inclusive community where all are welcomed, valued and living their best life." We are proud to be able to demonstrate that type of service through our AIM program. Seeking to achieve inclusion and meaning in the lives of program participants, AIM offers opportunities for clients to volunteer in their community, spend time learning how to navigate the social norms of our society, develop relationships with their peers and with others in the community and enjoy everything that the Indianapolis community has to offer them. AIM Manager, Amanda...

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