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

14 Aug - Mac-n-Cheese Dream Come True

by Samantha Todd, NHI Marketing Intern The ribbon cutting for New Hope’s Cheese and Thank You food truck turned one of our big dreams into a reality! Congratulations to our food truck crew: Richie, Michelle and Eli and their fearless leader, Tim Dunkel, Food Truck Specialist. A special shout out goes to Kathy Ballard, Director of Community Outreach, for keeping the dream of the food truck alive for these last several years. Thank you to the people named and all that had a piece in helping Cheese and Thank You become a reality. Thank you to our donors and sponsors: Pearson Ford,...

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08 Aug - Mission Minute: Serving Our Associates

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Recently, New Hope's Board of Directors revised our Mission and Vision Statements to better reflect who we are now as an organization and who we are striving to be in the future. The Vision Statement says that “we will recognize our associates for their unwavering commitment to service every day and we will commit to provide them with resources to be successful both personally and professionally.” One of the ways that we are already carrying out this commitment is through the Associate Financial Assistance (AFA) program. AFA began in July of 2018...

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30 Jul - A Note from Allison: New Hope is Always Celebrating

I hope everyone is having a great summer! New Hope had a wonderful day today! One of our big dreams was realized with the ribbon cutting for New Hope’s Cheese and Thank You food truck! Thank you to everyone who had a piece in helping this become a reality. It was a wonderful day with wonderful food! Congratulations to our food truck crew: Richie, Michelle and Eli and their fearless leader, Tim Dunkel, Food Truck Specialist. I want to also give a special shout out to Kathy Ballard, Director of Community Outreach, for...

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29 Jul - Zeller, Speak

Greeting friends! I am thrilled to say that the Cheese and Thank You food truck is finally open! Cheese and Thank You not only means my favorite food, CHEESE, but a new program that’s a part of New Hope’s transitional services for young adults. Team members will have the opportunity to make and serve delicious mac-n-cheese to people around the Indy area. I was able to meet the Food Truck Specialist, Tim Dunkel, and the whole Cheese and Thank You team: Michelle, Elijah, and Richie. They’ve been getting excited for the grand opening of the food truck as they’ve been practicing their...

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29 Jul - Remembering Our Friends

Ayo Adenle 1965 - 2019 In the too short time Ayo Adenle was at New Hope as the Seton group home team leader, he made a lasting impression. His first name means happiness and that truly describes who he was, as he always had a smile on his face. He was very friendly and exuded a gentle spirit. Ayo was was glad to be with New Hope of Indiana and was eager to learn his role and get to know the clients and associates at Seton. He will certainly be missed....

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29 Jul - Serving the Community

John Lorton, who is served in Supported Living and resides in the Washington Blvd. home has been appointed to the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Disabilities in Indianapolis. He was nominated to serve by current INARF President/CEO, and former New Hope Executive Director, Steve Cook. John is honored to be a council member and will provide a unique perspective as a person who sustained a brain injury in his teens and has tackled many challenges throughout his adult life with courage, strength, faith and a witty sense of humor. John has been a volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul for the...

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29 Jul - New Hope Welcomes New Board Members

New Hope would like to welcome two new members, Pam Evans and Charity Stowe, to its Board of Directors. Pam Evans comes to New Hope with nearly 30 years of experience in a variety of roles in the healthcare industry. Pam has a unique understanding of how important Healthcare Financial Management is in today’s environment and currently serves as the President of Star Benefit Associates. Having spent time as a benefits consultant, educator, and public speaker, Pam has interacted with numerous professional and business organizations providing consult and advice on healthcare topics such as Medicare. Pam learned about...

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29 Jul - Grand Opening!

We are proud to announce that Cheese and Thank You hosted it's Grand Opening for the media on July 30th! Our one of a kind food truck operation not only offers a wide range of delicious and perfectly cheesy mac-n-cheese options, but the food will be prepared by, marketed and served by young adults with disabilities. At the launch event on July 30th, the Cheese and Thank You food truck debuted their delicious mac-n-cheese for special guests following a program featuring speakers who are passionate about this program including some of our generous sponsors. Beginning Monday, August 5th, you'll be able to...

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29 Jul - Desiring Independence

Sometimes it is hard for Linda Palmer to believe that she has been served by New Hope of Indiana for over 35 years. She moved into the residential facility in 1983 and was initially in a four bedroom on Alpha Hall. It was a tough adjustment at first as she moved from home and her family was in the Chicago area. Once Linda moved to her own bedroom, she really began figuring out her life and found a desire to be as independent as possible. In 1996, as the facility was downsizing for closure, she was...

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19 Jul - A New Adventure

by Tim Dunkel, Food Truck Specialist The last several weeks have been some of the most challenging and rewarding weeks of my professional life. I've met a lot of new people and learned a lot of new things, and very few parts of my new job at New Hope of Indiana have been what I expected. Things that have surprised me about the individuals I work with: 1. Their knowledge and skills in the kitchen. 2. Their eagerness to learn about food safety and how to make good decisions while preparing food. 3. Their willingness to explore new foods. 4. Their openness to others' ideas and...

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