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

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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15 Jul - Service Spotlight: Christa Robinson

[caption id="attachment_24311" align="alignleft" width="226"] Christa with her daughter.[/caption]Christa has a passion for families, especially children. Her degree is in human ecology with a minor in child development. At the recommendation of a New Hope associate, Christa was initially hired as a team leader in the Family and Community Services (FCS) program. After eight months she transferred to the Home Based Counseling Program as Case Manager, as it was her goal to work with families. Christa loves her position so much that it does not feel like work to her, even with the challenges and frustrations. ...

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15 Jul - Mission Minute: Volunteering is Always a Win-Win

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers Thinking back to my childhood, we struggled financially like many families. However, the importance of giving back and helping persons in need was instilled in me by my parents, and volunteering was not a choice. It was expected of me. One of my favorite volunteer memories was when we hosted a neighborhood fun frolic with silly games and donated trinket prizes in our little backyard. Such fun we had and for a good cause as the proceeds went to Riley Children’s Hospital where a young neighbor had...

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01 Jul - Cheese and Thank You is Rolling Forward

After what seems like a VERY long time, it's finally time to welcome our first Food Truck Specialist, Tim Dunkel! Tim comes to New Hope with a background in elementary school special education and applied behavior analysis (ABA). He has experience working with children and young adults with disabilities as well as restaurant experience, making him a great fit for Cheese and Thank You! Tim is originally from Fort Branch, Indiana near Evansville, and he graduated from Wabash College in 2015. His professional experience and passion for serving youth with disabilities drove Tim to apply for a Supported Employment position with...

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25 Jun - Remembering Our Friends

Paul Tomastic September 2, 1957 – June 14, 2019 Paul maintained one of the most positive and faith-filled outlooks even though he faced many challenges through his life. He moved into the residential facility in 1983 and resided on Alpha Hall. He moved out into the Supported Living home on 60th St. in 1996 and later moved to the 62nd St. home. He resided there until he was transferred to a healthcare facility in 2017. Paul’s gentle, fun loving spirit, sense of humor, bright eyes and beautiful smile were truly an inspiration. He was devoted to his...

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25 Jun - Client Spotlight: Bryan Ballard

Bryan Ballard is one busy man and that is the way he likes it. Bryan has lived in his own apartment in downtown Indianapolis for over six years and is served by New Hope’s FCS (Family and Community Services) program. He loves living alone for the privacy, being able to do what he wants to do and for the storage, especially his costumes. Bryan’s passion is attending Gen Con, Pop Con and Comic Con every year and participating in cosplay or wearing costumes. Throughout the year, he works on his costumes and props, eagerly awaiting the annual conventions. Bryan’s busy life...

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21 Jun - A Doctor’s Service

New Hope clients, associates, volunteers and Board members would like to thank Dr. Ken Krueger for his faithful service as a New Hope Board member for nine years and would like to wish him well in his future endeavors. Dr. Krueger has been instrumental in ensuring organizational integrity and governance continuity before, during and following New Hope’s transition from the St. Vincent New Hope era to the New Hope of Indiana era. Moreover, he has also consistently advocated for the best interests our clients and has always displayed the utmost care and concern for New Hope associates. ...

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21 Jun - A Note from Allison: New Hope is a Top Workplace!

Have you heard the news? New Hope was honored by being named an Indy Star Top Workplace! This distinction was earned thanks to our associates recognizing that we were top in eight areas related to workplace culture: alignment, connection, effectiveness, my manager, engagement, leadership and the basics including pay, benefits and flexibility. We thank our associates who work hard every day to provide a better life to all those we serve. We thank our supervisors/managers for their awesome leadership each day. We thank our board who are mission driven and provide thoughtful direction. And last but certainly not...

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21 Jun - Zeller, Speak!

Greetings my friends, New Hope of Indiana is very proud to have been named one of Indy’s top workplaces! What makes New Hope of Indiana a top workplace? Let me tell you the top 10 reasons from my perspective: 1. The love I feel from those we serve and from staff 2. All the visits I get to do and the petting that results from visiting 3. Watching staff and individuals work together to make every day a great day 4. Playing fetch 5. Hearing people laugh 6. Meeting new people who want to be part of our programs 7. Comforting people 8. Sneaking in a kiss (technically I am not supposed to lick) 9. Napping on my couch 10. Knowing I...

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21 Jun - Volunteering on New Hope’s Board of Directors is Inspiring

by Loraine Brown, NHI Board Member There is something special about New Hope of Indiana. Serving on the Board of Directors, every time I participate in our board meetings, assist in planning or attend a celebratory event like the Silver Cup Celebration, I am inspired! The leadership and staff exemplify a spirit of truly caring for those who receive services, their families and one another. To be inspired is to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Creativity is what New Hope does best, tapping in to the creative part of...

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17 Jun - Taking on a Challenge – Together

It is our vision to serve "people of all ages to build a more inclusive community where all are welcomed, valued and living their best life." We are proud to be able to demonstrate that type of service through our AIM program. Seeking to achieve inclusion and meaning in the lives of program participants, AIM offers opportunities for clients to volunteer in their community, spend time learning how to navigate the social norms of our society, develop relationships with their peers and with others in the community and enjoy everything that the Indianapolis community has to offer them. AIM Manager, Amanda...

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17 Jun - The Best Team Makes New Hope a Top Workplace

by Claire Bozzano, Director of Human Resources I am so excited to share that The Indianapolis Star has named New Hope of Indiana one of their Top Workplaces 2019.  This is especially exciting because the list is based solely on our associate’s input. They were truly the judges for this award! Being named a Top Workplace is very rewarding to me personally as I approach retirement from New Hope of Indiana in July 2019.  It demonstrates that our strategic plans to recruit the best and brightest, to provide those associates with every opportunity to learn and grow and to recognize them for...

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