28 Dec Voices of New Hope
Growing up I lived with my single mother, Kim, my older brother Coi, my sister Maisha, younger brother Larry and younger cousin, Ashley in the Butler- Tarkington neighborhood located on the Northside of Indianapolis. It was a close-knit community of neighbors, family, and friends where everyone looked out for one another. I loved playing Kickball games with my siblings and cousins and eating soul food – smoked pork chops, mixed greens, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese and my Mom’s extra-hot chili.
I graduated from Arsenal Technical High School, attended Ivy Tech State College. In 2021 I returned to school at Western Governors University, and I am currently working to earn a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Coordination. Outside of work, I am mother to Jasmyn and Jamel, and I am a grandma to Ahriyah. I have a rescue dog named Dapper Dan. I enjoy reading, canning, attending concerts and music festivals, family gatherings and worship service.
I first learned about New Hope’s mission many years ago, when my Mom, a New Hope DSP, invited a client to our home for Thanksgiving dinner. I was introduced to Chuck, and at first, I was a bit fearful of how he would engage with our family. Chuck was a delight! His laughter and big smile won me over by the end of the evening. I learned so much from Chuck – like me all he required was great food and fun.
Years later I made the decision to transfer from St. Vincent Hospital to New Hope where I began working in the Supported Living Department as a DSP. Now, as a Team Leader in the same program, New Hope allows me to make a positive impact in the lives of those I serve. The individuals help to remind me how blessed I am.