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

29 May - Client Profile: Rick Borkowski

Rick was recently honored as one of the Class of ’78, having moved into the NHI residential facility when it first opened in 1978. He resided on D Pod/Delta Hall and moved to the Riley Rd. Supported Living Home in 1996. Just last month, in April, Rick moved to the 74th Place SLP home. Rick is very social; he loves to flirt with the ladies and also tease others, especially D.G. Saladin, Team Leader at the Castleton Day Services. D.G.’s brother, Jeff Konrady, is Rick’s best friend, with whom he resided both in the residential facility...

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29 May - First Annual Silver Cup Celebration a Success!

Thank you so much to all of our friends and donors who contributed to make New Hope's first annual Silver Cup Celebration such a success and helping us raise over $72,000 in sponsorships and donations. With Pearson Ford's generous $10,000 matching contribution, $20,000 will go directly to the purchase of a van for the new Transition Services Program. The remainder of the funds raised will help us make an impact in the lives of those we serve. Thank you to St. Vincent for presenting this event as our Platinum Sponsor and to all the other sponsors: PNC, Pearson Ford, Insperity,...

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23 May - Becoming a Part of Something Bigger

John Pearson's Number One Reason for Investing in New Hope [caption id="attachment_19931" align="alignleft" width="300"] John Pearson of Pearson Ford and his son, John.[/caption]New Hope of Indiana is a place that makes its way into the hearts of its visitors. Whether they come for a special event or for a quick visit, it's the people that make a difference. For John Pearson, the people served through New Hope's diverse services are the reason he continues to invest in programs like the new Transition Services Program coming this fall. "It's an emotional feeling rather than a sense of responsibility," Pearson says. It isn't...

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23 May - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings, my fine friends! I have GREAT news! Our food truck has arrived and we will be open for business before you know it! We're still working on naming the truck so watch your email for a chance to vote on your favorite name! We will be serving mac-n-cheese with all kinds of toppings like barbecue, hot chicken, veggies, bacon, etc. It's making my mouth water, just thinking about it! This will be the first food truck in the nation to have individuals with disabilities both prepare and sell the food. We will be teaching basic culinary skills in food preparation, customer service...

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11 May - Mission Minute: A Life Lesson

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration Recently, Mai Cooper-Nolen, DSP in Supported Living, shared a story of an interaction she had with Rick Borkowski which she referred to as a life lesson. I believe her inspirational story bears repeating with some additional thoughts. Mai wrote: Please allow me to share one of the many lessons I have learned over the years from our clients. I would say this one is one of the most profound teachings, I have had at New Hope of Indiana. I was working at Riley Road assisting Rick with a shower early in the morning. We were...

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11 May - Service Spotlight: Pam Givens-Horne

Pam Givens-Horne has worked at New Hope of Indiana since June of 1988 when she began work as a skills trainer in Beta Unit, serving people with traumatic brain injuries. Pam has stayed at New Hope for 30 years because she genuinely enjoys what she does every day, especially getting to serve those with disabilities. Over the years, she has found ways to help those she serves live their best lives by taking them to the race track, going to see shows at Beef and Boards, and even visiting Disney World! Pam now serves New Hope's clients as a Team...

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24 Apr - A Note from Allison: New Hope Stories

Spring Greetings from New Hope of Indiana! I am thankful for every day that we have sunshine and no rain or snow! I am also thankful for the sunshine we see in the faces of the people that we serve and our associates every day. New Hope is such a joyful place. It is hard to understand unless you experience it, so please come for a visit! You are also invited to come to our first Silver Cup Celebration on May 3 from 11:30 to 1:00 at the Willows on Westfield. Tickets are on sale until Friday, April 26th, so there is...

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24 Apr - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings, my friends. Remember when you left high school and you had to figure out what was next? There were lots of options to think about: work, attend college or trade school, move out of state, join the Peace Corps or VISTA. There were lots of choices. Too often for students with disabilities who are exiting high school, there aren’t a lot of choices. That’s why I am excited to tell you about a NEW program New Hope of Indiana is starting in August 2018! Our new program is specifically designed to offer those students exiting high school, another choice in the...

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24 Apr - Remembering Our Friends

Thom Green 11/30/1966 - 3/25/2018 Thom moved into the NHI residential facility in 1987 and resided on Beta Hall, which served individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Thom was valedictorian at his high school in New Albany, but was in a car accident soon after which resulted in the brain injury and other health issues. When the residential facility was being downsized for closure, Thom moved to the Dunlap Supported Living home and later to the 74th Place home, where he resided for many years in his bright red bedroom. Thom’s sense of humor was very apparent as he loved to tell jokes and...

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24 Apr - Volunteer Highlights: Angela Heitman

At the New Hope of Indiana Open House in September 2017, Angela Heitman came with several of her co-workers from Numotion, a durable medical equipment supplier and NHI partner, to see the all of the changes from the remodel at the NHI main office. While taking a tour at the open house, something just clicked for Angela and she knew she wanted to volunteer at New Hope. She has volunteered throughout her life and New Hope is a good fit given her connection through Numotion. Since November of 2017, Angela has been involved in a lot of activities and is...

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