Fall 2012 was a great semester to be a part of New Hope Family Shelter's mission! We were fortunate to have the support of a number of individuals and groups within the community, allowing us to begin new programs, strengthen old ones, and work together towards a brighter future for families in Monroe County. A few of the highlights from this Fall:
- Former volunteer and IU senior Kellie Miles joined the New Hope Team as the Community Outreach and Development Intern, organizing the first annual Run for Hope 5K Run/Walk, and helping to raise both funds and awareness for our shelter.
- IU School of Social Work seniors Abby Doyle and Lytina Andrews joined the New Hope Team as Social Work Interns for the 2012–2013 academic year, dedicating 16 hours of their time each week to working at the shelter.
- IU senior Lauren Eickhoff joined the New Hope Team as a social media intern for the 2012–2013 academic year, strengthening New Hope's outreach efforts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and adding a New Hope Pinterest account.
- Michelle Ort joined the New Hope Team as our new AmeriCorps service member for the 2012–2013 year, working to improve and expand healthy families programming at the shelter.
- New Hope began holding evening classes for residents on the following topics: financial literacy, time management, interpersonal communication, parenting techniques, computer skills, meal planning & cooking, and employment opportunities. While adults participated in classes, volunteers tutored and played with children, allowing parents to focus on their class and giving children some individualized attention from a volunteer dedicated to meeting their specific needs. We would like to thank Bobby Overman, Cassidhe Hart, Kortney Davis, Brooke Edwards, Megan Jula, Lytina Andrews, Abby Doyle, Carrie Cummiskey, and the IU Campus Kitchens Project for their dedication to this facet of New Hope's programming. We couldn't have done it without you!
- Several community groups volunteered their time, talents, and energy to help us prepare our new shelter house at 301 W. 2nd St. In particular, we would like to thank the Hutton Philanthropic Initiative, Sherwood Oaks Community Church, and the New Hope Board for making this possible.