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

19 Apr - It’s the little things!

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration Having had the honor to serve at New Hope of Indiana (NHI) for over 36 years, I have seen and experienced first-hand our evolution. From the early struggles as a stand-alone institution, to being “rescued” by St. Vincent and the Daughters of Charity, NHI has emerged a vibrant, compassionate organization with a bright and exciting future. What has remained a constant throughout New Hope’s 39 year history, has been the mission of serving persons in need. While we have cause to celebrate our major accomplishments, particularly in the last three years...

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24 Mar - March is Disability Awareness Month!

by Kathy Ballard PhD, Director of Community Outreach March is Disabilities Awareness Month. The intention being to make all of us, supposedly without disabilities, more aware of people who do have labels of disabilities. Once again, while well-intentioned it is a mechanism for separating people. Our oldest son, Bryan, lives downtown on Mass Ave., a very hip part of Indianapolis. He doesn’t own a car, so like many of the downtown crowd, he uses his bike and the public bus. He has his favorite coffee shop, favorite bike routes, favorite neighbors and favorite things to do. He volunteers with his church, he...

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16 Mar - Increase pay for agency workers who help Hoosiers with disabilities

Recently, New Hope CEO Allison Wharry along with two other area CEOs wrote a Letter to the Editor in the Indianapolis Star to highlight efforts to increase wages for Direct Support Professionals (DSP), who are the backbone of our agencies. Below is the letter that was printed in the March 12th issue. We represent three agencies that provide services to hundreds of individuals with disabilities throughout Central Indiana. Agencies like ours provide services to help Hoosiers with disabilities become more independent, reducing the ultimate cost of those supports and advancing people's opportunities to contribute positively to our community. Central to our missions...

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15 Feb - New Hope Celebrates Three Years

Welcome to our new blog! Through this regular feature, we hope to share with you news and updates, helpful tidbits of information and an overall glimpse of life at New Hope of Indiana! Last month, New Hope celebrated our third anniversary as a stand-alone nonprofit organization on January 1, 2017. This marks another era in New Hope’s nearly 40-year history. The transition from a ministry of St. Vincent to our independent status made everyone a little nervous, even though we believed down deep that New Hope would emerge strong and healthy. However, I think we have well-surpassed what...

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