New Hope's History
New Hope Services has a rich history of meeting the human services needs of those within our community. We began in 1958 when a group of Clark County parents began meeting to help support and incorporate their children with developmental disabilities in local society. This group quickly began to grow, opening New Hope School in 1966 in Jeffersonville. Expansion continued and soon included satellite classrooms; eventually relocating the program to the former Indiana University Southeast Library as the New Hope Center in 1974.
By 1980, the corporation name officially changed to New Hope Services, Inc. to better encompass the many offerings we had come to include within our programming. Over the next 20 years, New Hope continued to morph and find ways to fill the needs of those around the area; becoming the Scott County WIC program provider; opening Futures UnLTD in Austin, Indiana; and creating an affordable housing program.
We celebrated 50 years in 2008 and achieved our first capital campaign goal by raising over $1.3 million. Additionally receiving a $500,000 loan from FHLBI for Park Place Children’s Home, which officially opened the following year.
Today, we work to meet the needs of the individuals, families, and seniors that depend on us. Though we started as a grassroots group of parents, our mission has now expanded to bring hope and a quality life for all in our community. To see what we're currently working on, click here.