Remembering Our Friends

Remembering Our Friends

Joy Martin
2/24/1951 – 7/6/2020

Joy lived at New Hope for over 30 years and the associates and residents became her family. She was the proud mother to her fur baby (cat), Ebony. Joy was a light to all those who knew her. She never met a stranger and enjoyed meeting other people while going out in the community. Joy loved shopping, coloring, and everything that glittered and sparkled. As you can imagine, Christmas was Joy’s favorite holiday. During Christmas, Joy was the happiest decorating the tree, receiving gifts, and eating homemade dinner. But of all these things, Joy loved her family at New Hope most of all. Joy will be missed by many at New Hope.

Kristin Knoblauch
6/25/1961 – 7/6/2020

Kristin touched many lives with her big smile and bigger heart. She graduated from Brownell School in Grosse Pointe Michigan in 1987. She enjoyed many recreational activities including bowling, softball, swimming and was active in the Neighborhood Club of Grosse Pointe along with many of her friends from school. She participated in the Special Olympics. She also enjoyed word search puzzle books, painting her fingernails and shopping. Every summer she looked forward to attending summer camp at Camp Fowler in Michigan.

She was one of the first residents of the Lakepointe group home in Grosse Pointe Park Michigan. This was established by the hard work of many advocates for adults with developmental disabilities including her parents Richard and Virginia. She thrived with this transition and was supported by many wonderful people at this home. She was an honorary board member for the ARC of Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods from 2012-2015. She enjoyed attending the Judson Center for adults with developmental disabilities. She also worked at Arby’s for many years. She enjoyed traveling to visit her family at holiday times.

She moved to New Hope’s DeMarillac Group Home in 2017 to be closer to her family, and enjoyed attending Payne Road Day Services. She was also a member of Central Christian Church in Indianapolis. We were proud to serve Kristin and will miss her dearly.

Deborah Hoffman
06/19/1957 – 6/28/2020

Debbie was an avid Colt’s fan who nearly always had a smile on her face. She loved her sister and lost her brother in 2019. She liked to color and draw, and enjoyed spending her days at Payne Road Day Services with friends. She loved to go shopping and out to eat also. Debbie really enjoyed dressing up for Halloween and would dance at the annual Fall Festival with friends. She also liked going to the Zoo and the Children’s Museum.

Debbie will be missed by all of her friends and caregivers at New Hope.

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  1. Mary V Wagner Shields August 3, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    I am saddened to hear of Joy’s passing. She always gave a warm and welcoming greeting whenever I would see her. She brought much joy to everyone she met.

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