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 Mar - Service Spotlight: Nancy Stamm

It was just after the infamous blizzard of 1978 that Nancy Stamm accepted a position at a soon-to-open state of the art residential facility for persons with developmental disabilities: New Hope of Indiana. She recalls there were constant meetings and changes in the last minute mad rush to get the facility ready for the March 13th opening. That first day was very exciting for the individuals moving in, their families and the staff. Nancy worked in the Recreational Therapy Department, initially with 3 team members, but in later years, 16. Even then, there was a...

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15 Mar - Mission Minute: 40 Years of Hope

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration March 13th was our highly anticipated 40th Anniversary and what a fabulous party we had! So many people attended with both longtime and more recent connections to New Hope. Be sure to check out the highlights. While the celebrations will continue throughout the year, this month is especially fitting for reflecting on HOPE, which is so much more than just a part of our name.[caption id="attachment_19615" align="alignright" width="300"] Daffodils are the spring flower of HOPE[/caption] From the very beginning, New Hope has offered HOPE to families of persons with developmental disabilities. Some families, concerned...

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09 Mar - What Makes New Hope Different?

by Amanda Boyd, Manager of Day Services Next month will be my 10th anniversary working for New Hope of Indiana. When I first applied and interviewed at New Hope, I knew something felt different about this place. At the time, I don’t know that I could have put my finger on what exactly that was. Over time I have grown to learn and understand that New Hope is different because of the way we treat each other. At New Hope we have the tradition of celebrating each other’s milestones and strengths, both clients and staff alike. We show it daily by...

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23 Feb - Kroger Contributes to New Hope’s Food Truck

A big THANK YOU to Kroger for their generous support of the New Hope Food Truck and the Thankful Thursdays program! With a gift of $10,000, Kroger will be one of the founding sponsors for the project and will have their logo featured prominently on the side of the vehicle. “We are so happy to have the opportunity to work with Kroger on the New Hope Food Truck,” said Dr. Kathy Ballard, Director of Community Outreach. “Kroger is a great community partner providing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and teaching communities healthy eating habits.” This program...

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23 Feb - Remembering our Friends

Ron Hart-Hults Ron served New Hope and the individuals for twenty-five years in various positions, most recently as a direct support professional in FCS (Family and Community Services program). He had a heart for those he served and enriched their lives in many ways, but mostly through community inclusion and helping them shine by using their talents and finding their passions. He was a musician and shared his love of music with several of the individuals, forming a music group with them, which performed at New Hope and in the community. Ron truly embodied the New Hope philosophy...

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23 Feb - Client Spotlight: Geraldine Keeling

The New Hope residential facility opened its doors on March 13, 1978. The first person to move in that day was Geraldine Keeling, who is still being served by New Hope today! Before coming to New Hope, she had been living with her parents, who were interested in finding a place she could live which would provide activities and where she could have friends. She moved in and resided on D Pod/Delta Hall. Geraldine later moved to Seton Group Home in 1992, where she continues to reside. Geraldine enjoys coming to the Payne Road Day Services program and...

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23 Feb - A Note from Allison

I ❤ New Hope! During this Valentine’s month, you may have seen these signs all around New Hope and on our social media. Amanda and I are posing here with the sign and you can see more pictures on our Facebook page. Please feel free to print your own sign and tell us why You ❤ New Hope! Why do I ❤ New Hope? ♥The big smiles on the faces of the individuals we serve each day. ♥The loving and compassionate care provided by our DSPs. ...

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23 Feb - The Unexpected Benefits of New Hope

by Denise Caudill, NHI Parent When considering what therapies you want your child to receive, you also need to think about where he or she will receive the services. Some providers offer in-home sessions in addition to on-site therapy. Understandably, not everyone has the option of going outside the home environment for treatment. Only you as the parent and/or caregiver can decide what option is best suited for your child and family. For us, receiving music therapy and recreational therapy at New Hope of Indiana offered what we needed and a few unexpected benefits. In previous years, three...

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14 Feb - Service Spotlight: Scott Boleman

I have enjoyed working at New Hope of Indiana for several decades. I began working at New Hope in early 1979 which means I have shared about 62% of my life with New Hope and with the people here. In my younger years, I was more interested in social concerns and social equity. Working in typical business jobs did not seem appealing then and it still does not today. Currently, I am one of thirteen New Hope Behavior Consultants. This entails a lot! Just a few of the many essential skills are being a good teacher and a listener. In...

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14 Feb - Mission Minute

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration “Where there is love, there is life.” This simple quote by Mahatma Ghandi shows how love is truly the essence of life. Everyone knows February is the month of love, not just in a romantic sense, but for our families, friends, coworkers/jobs and certainly, in the big picture, our fellow human beings. There is no question that love is abound at New Hope. We are in the second month of our yearlong 40th Anniversary celebration, and so far, it has been a lot of fun and there is much more to come including the Birthday...

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