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 Jun - Mission Minute: Small Miracles

by Kathe Rae, Manager of Mission Integration and Volunteers “Never stop believing in hope because miracles happen every day.” Benny Hin Hope is one of the most important guiding forces in our lives, providing strength, optimism, passion, motivation, courage and so much more. Hope is essential during those stressful and challenging times. Yet, as this quote illustrates, it can be experienced in our daily lives if we are open to it. Miracles are not always spectacular and earth shattering, rather inspirational, memorable, touching and feel-good moments. As New Hope of Indiana is celebrating being named an...

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14 Jun - Service Spotlight: Kim Hendrix

Many people believe things happen for a reason in their lives, although they may not understand that until much later. Kim Hendrix, who is a DSP at the Louise group home, worked at a factory for 24 years. When that factory closed, she and the other employees were offered educational assistance through Ivy Tech. Kim decided to pursue CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) training, as she had a family member with a disability and wanted to “give back” in appreciation of what that person had received from others. Kim attended an Ivy Tech job fair where she talked with Angie Reed,...

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28 May - A Note from Allison: Cheese and Thank You is Official!

Happy Summer! Are you ready for some mac and cheese? I know I am! Two very exciting things happened last week in the life of Cheese and Thank You, New Hope’s food truck: 1) the food truck and the kitchen where we will be preparing the food passed inspection by the Marion County Health Department, and 2) New Hope hired the food truck coordinator who will be responsible for all things food truck! A special thanks to Kathy Ballard, Director of Community Outreach Department, who has been working to get the food truck up and running. There have been more steps...

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28 May - Interns Bring New Talent to New Hope

Throughout the years, New Hope of Indiana has provided opportunities for college students to complete practicums as a part of their specific degree curriculum, most of which have been clinically-based programs such as social work, recreational therapy, nursing, etc. While the clinical placements will still occur, New Hope has initiated a new program to attract interns for business operations such as marketing, fund development, human resources, accounting and information technology. The new internship program was designed in collaboration with the Butler Business Consulting Group and the objectives are as follows: 1. Attract future leaders to New Hope of Indiana,...

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28 May - Another Great May in Indy

We are so glad to be a part of the Indianapolis community, especially this time of the year. For over twenty years, New Hope clients have been able to take part in the Indy 500 festivities through another initiative, Friends of the Fox. Started by Indy car driver Stan Fox and race car driver Jack Kerwin after sustaining traumatic brain injuries while racing, Friends of the Fox seeks to give individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the traditions of May in Indy. Today, New Hope volunteers, Bill Ray and Ron Kucer, continue the legacy of Stan Fox and...

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28 May - New Charitable Giving Experience

It is our commitment to our donors, volunteers and other stakeholders to continually improve your experience with New Hope and to make your impact more meaningful to you. With this in mind and in an effort to improve our online donation process, we've begun using Network for Good's online giving platform. Network for Good is a reputable company which you've probably used before without even realizing it. Even Facebook's charitable giving is filtered through Network for Good. As for your experience as a New Hope donor, it really shouldn't change much. You can still donate in all the same ways...

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28 May - Inclusive Living

Jason Chang is an all-around talented guy. He has spent over a decade taking classes at the Broad Ripple Art Center, and his hard work shows. Jason is a painter and works primarily out of his home studio in his basement apartment. He enjoys working with lots of color (his favorite is yellow), and many of his paintings fill New Hope's administrative offices. He generously donated dozens of paintings to this year's Silver Cup Celebration in hopes of helping New Hope raise money for the Art Therapy program. He's even working on a commission for one of New Hope's vendors...

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28 May - Finding Opportunities for Growth

By Denise Caudill Irons  I knew it would happen, but I did not expect it to happen so quickly.  Since my public declaration last month of being a control freak, I have been provided with “opportunities for growth.”  In other words, situations presented themselves where I was encouraged to release the white-knuckled grip that I attempt to have over my daughter’s life. The first revelation occurred at my daughter’s check-up with Dr. Escobar.  I alerted him prior to the appointment about concerns I had with her behavior.  My list of observations and worries were documented and ready to be discussed.  I was...

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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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15 Apr - Service Spotlight: Lashawnda Wright

Associate Lashawnda Wright's New Hope journey to her current position in the AIM Program started about three years ago. At that time, Lashawnda was working for another agency when an associate encouraged her to apply at New Hope. New Hope is so thankful for that referral because we have gained a terrific associate in Lashawnda. At the time Lashawnda started working at New Hope, no residential shifts were available, so a position Day Services at Payne Road was suggested. Conducive to her family obligations, Lashawnda accepted the Day Services position. It was a perfect fit...

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