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 May - Mission Minute: A New Direction

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Six years ago, New Hope was in the process of transitioning from the St. Vincent system and one of the most important tasks at that time was the creation of mission and vision statements for New Hope of Indiana. Given New Hope’s long-term affiliation, the revised statements still encompassed the St. Vincent philosophy and a medically-based model of care. While those statements have served us well the last five years, recently the New Hope Board of Directors recommended both the mission and vision statements be revised and updated to better...

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15 May - Service Spotlight: Betsy Gorman

Ten Years ago, Betsy was interested in looking for a new job and found New Hope in a roundabout way. Her mother had surgery at St. Vincent, and Betsy was very impressed with the care and how compassionate the staff were throughout her mom’s hospitalization. Betsy had experience as a DSP and while searching potential agencies serving persons with developmental disabilities, she saw St. Vincent New Hope. She thought New Hope must be a good organization since it was a part of the St. Vincent system. She was hired as team leader in SILP (now FCS)...

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08 May - Why do you like art?

by Adria Schrack, AIM Participant Art - we each have a passion for it. We all love it and have some different ways to show it. Drawing is a great way to show it. Art is amazing in different ways. It's a good thing to express yourself. Creativity is cool since you don't know what you're going to make. Drawing you can make anything that is in your mind like animals, plants, self portraits. Creativity is in your hands. You can sculpt anything you put your mind into it. Music is another piece of art. You use your hands and voice...

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30 Apr - New Hope Raises Over $27,000 for Art Therapy

Thanks to all of our friends and partners who attended last week's Silver Cup Celebration and helped us raise over $27,000 to expand and support our Art Therapy Program! The event was a celebration of New Hope's Year of Creativity and featured several of New Hope's most creative individuals. Starting with a performance of New Hope's choir and featuring a beautiful video with some of our artists, a poem written and presented by Robert Hoey and an impressive piano performance from Tom Murray, New Hope's creativity was evident throughout the entire event. Guests were able to shop some one-of-a-kind New...

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30 Apr - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings Friends, I do believe Spring is here, despite some chilly days. The flowers are blooming, and almost overnight, plants have shot up out of the dirt in our bird garden. It is amazing how things change. By the way, if you are looking for a change, we have some great job opportunities here at New Hope of Indiana. The Vocational Services program is looking for an Supported Employment Consultant who assist people in finding and maintaining employment. We are also hiring a Food Truck Specialist who will be responsible for all aspects of the food truck and its...

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30 Apr - A Note from Allison: A Successful Silver Cup Celebration

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Because of you we had a great Second Annual Silver Cup Celebration! I certainly appreciate everything everyone did to make this event a success! The event raised over $80,000 and netted more than last year! Thanks to our matching grant, donations, pledges and artwork purchases, over $27,000 will go directly to the art therapy room renovation and programming. A new door will soon be a reality! The committee led by Sarah Stone, New Hope’s Manager of Development, did an exceptional job planning the event. Thank you all! Thanks...

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30 Apr - Spring 2019 Legislative Update

The Indiana General Assembly ended last Wednesday, April 24, 2019, without a waiver rate increase which New Hope had been strongly advocating. This is very unfortunate because the increase would have largely gone to increase DSP wages which is so important to the wonderful DSPs working at New Hope. The legislative session’s priorities were funding for Department of Child Services (DCS) and schools and that is where the bulk of the new money went. First Steps did get an increase, because it was closely tied to the opioid crisis and DCS funding. Even though there was no new...

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30 Apr - Unbridled Creativity

by Denise Caudill Irons I am a control freak. Everyone who knows me is quite aware of my problem. I no longer go through the trouble of trying to hide it. My self-diagnosed condition worsened after learning of my daughter’s diagnosis. Part of the issue stems from the regret and guilt that I feel for not pursuing answers to her delays and seeking treatment at an earlier age. Some of the problem is the fear that if I drop the ball, she will not receive the best care possible nor achieve her potential. The rest...

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30 Apr - Dan the Man

Dan Devries' life profoundly changed in 1978 when he was involved in an accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury, requiring a lengthy hospitalization and significant rehabilitation. However, throughout the years, Dan has not let that define his outlook on life. Prior to the accident, he was a loner, which is hard to believe for those who know him to be very social and outgoing today. In 1988, Dan moved into the residential facility and he resided on Beta Hall, which was the designated unit for persons who had experienced a traumatic brain injury. When the facility was downsizing to...

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30 Apr - Seeking Volunteers!

The NHI Day Services Program is looking for volunteers to help with several interesting and fun activities. Do you garden or know someone who does? We have a garden club, which enjoys growing vegetables and reaping the harvest to make fresh and healthy recipes, and could use some gardening assistance. Perhaps you enjoy crafts and could share your talents with some fun, simple craft activities. The individuals who attend day services love crafts of all types, especially holiday related. Also popular is a weekly bible study and the importance of faith in every day...

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