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

21 Dec - Thank You for Your Support

What a great year this has been at New Hope of Indiana! It has been full of celebration and commemoration of our 40th Anniversary! In March, we celebrated the actual day of our 40th Anniversary with a huge party where over 300 friends, family and those we serve came to celebrate with us. The Mayor even declared March 13th as New Hope of Indiana Day. In May, we had our first annual Silver Cup Celebration where our supporters donated over $60,000 to help support our newest community-based program. In September, we welcomed our volunteers, donors and community partners to the big...

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21 Dec - Zeller, Speak!

Happy Holidays, everyone! This seems to be such a busy time of year. Remember to take time to enjoy the holiday spirit too! I wanted to give you a quick update on Cheese and Thank You Food Truck. We are very close to being up and running! There are just a few more steps. We have a couple pieces of equipment to be installed on the truck, the Board of Health inspection and then we will be on our way to serving you delicious Mac and Cheese with various toppings like meatballs, barbecue, hot chicken, roasted veggies. I am hungry just thinking...

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21 Dec - Client Profile: Pam Gavin, Terri Hopson and Peggy Bland

This month we are highlighting our final three individuals New Hope of Indiana has served for 40 years. We are so privileged to have been a part of their families throughout the years. Pam Gavin In 1978, Pam Gavin was living in a Kansas private school, far away from her family in Indiana. Pam’s father heard about New Hope and wanted her to be closer to home and family, so she moved into the residential facility. Initially, she was in a four-person room on Alpha Hall/A-Pod, but later was able to move into one of the single bedrooms. Her favorite...

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21 Dec - A Note from Allison: Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays! New Hope is very jolly this time of year! We have had a Hanukkah party and a TON of Christmas parties. You can find pictures of many of these holiday celebrations on our Facebook page. We have also celebrated the end of our 40th year of Hope! Check out our recap of all the fun celebrations and events we enjoyed in 2018. Thank you to everyone who has been part of New Hope for the past 40 years. Whether you are an individual we serve, an associate, a family member, a board member, a provider,...

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21 Dec - Peace and Joy

by Denise Caudill Irons, NHI Parent and Board Member As I started to design this year’s holiday card, which was later than usual, I was already feeling overwhelmed and anxious. As I scrolled through the possible card templates, I audibly sighed when I saw the designs that said “Peace and Joy.” I may as well have said “Bah hum bug!” as the sentiment was the same. When I have an unusual reaction to something so mundane, I know to pause and reflect on what caused that emotion to bubble up. It is always deeper than the superficial...

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17 Dec - Community Partnership: A Holiday Tradition

As a nonprofit organization, there are two things that are truly important to us: our mission and those who help us fulfill it. We rely on our friends and community partners for support in serving individuals and families in the Indianapolis community. We are grateful for our partnership with St. Vincent and Ascension for providing support in so many ways over the years including an annual holiday party sponsored by Ascension's I.S. Department at our Payne Road Day Services each year. After raising money through snack sales and other office collections, Ascension employees purchase gifts, snacks and crafts and even...

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17 Dec - Mission Minute: Hope for the Holidays

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Over twenty years ago, New Hope of Indiana was St. Vincent New Hope, a ministry of St. Vincent which served individuals with disabilities. At that time, St. Vincent decided to serve New Hope clients through their Hope for the Holidays program, a program in which St. Vincent staff or departments sponsor patients, former patients or other individuals served through St. Vincent's ministries who might be in need of some extra hope during the holidays. Throughout the last twenty years, the generosity of St. Vincent and Ascension Health associates has truly been a...

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17 Dec - Service Spotlight: Kristy Abernathy-Davis

A little over twenty years ago, Kristy Abernathy-Davis was working full time at a public school with children with disabilities. At the time she also had a part time job at an agency similar to New Hope, but the hours were not conducive to her schedule. A friend mentioned New Hope, and when she came for her interview, she was really impressed. She began part time as a Direct Support Professional (DSP) and later became full time as she learned that she preferred working with adults. Kristy has worked in numerous programs and sites throughout the...

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27 Nov - Remembering Our Friends

Gina Covington February 10, 1957 - November 3, 2018 Gina loved life, and there was no doubt about it! She was a power shopper and really liked to look for bargain purses, jewelry and games. She was quite the “queen of bling” wearing anything and everything sparkly and shiny. She loved bingo and attended the monthly Kiwanis bingo as well as weekly bingo at the Payne Road Day Services. Gina also worked at Noble Industries for many years. She loved comfort food, so her favorite restaurants were MCL, Golden Corral and Cracker Barrel. She resided at the Coopersmith...

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27 Nov - Client Profile: Bonnie Hasemeyer and Alan Vinson

This month we are highlighting two of the individuals New Hope of Indiana has served for 40 years. Bonnie Hasemeyer Bonnie has always been her own person with very distinct ideas, preferences and desires. She moved into the residential facility in 1978 and resided on Alpha Hall. She was one of the lucky ones to have her own bedroom. In 1996, Bonnie moved to the Brendon Park supported living home where she continues to reside. Bonnie was likely one of the first people served by NHI to get a computer. To this day, working on her PC...

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