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National Nurses Week 2022

It is often said that nursing is a work of heart. At New Hope Community, our residents are at the heart of everything we do. Our dedicated team of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Nursing Assistants specialize in providing quality medical care to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

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Terence Duncan

Age: 44
Education: Master’s Degree in Social Work from Delhi College, Licensed Master Social Worker
Place of employment: New Hope Community, Inc.
Current title and duties: Assistant Vice President of Operations- Oversee all Residential,
Day, and Supportive Employment Services. Years of experience: 26
Why did you choose this career: I found being a frontline Direct Care worker 26 years ago
to be the most rewarding experience I ever had, so I made it a point to make this my career

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Greenhouse – Spectrum News Sowing Seeds of Health at Hope Farm

Paige LaPolt-Peloso Selected As Young Professionals Honoree

Paige LaPolt – Peloso has always loved the outdoors and horses, and is fortunate enough to have a career that encompasses both her passions. LaPolt – Peloso is the Barn Manager for New Hope Community. She was born and raised in Sullivan County and recently married her husband, Chris.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day with Hope Farm’s Head Farmer

In recognition of International Women’s Day (IWD), the Democrat sat down with the Head Farmer at New Hope Community’s Hope Farm, Megan Greene, who shared her experiences in the agricultural field as a woman striving to plot out a positive difference in her community, as well as her appreciation for IWD and all that it represents in the progress of women everywhere.

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New Hope Community Names New Board Leadership and Announces Three Board Members

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NYNew Hope Community is proud to announce the appointment of Robert Dinerstein as Board Chair and Jonathan Schiller, Jay Quaintance and Terry Grafmuller as new Board Members.  New Hope Community is a not-for-profit organization providing person-centered services and supports for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

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New Hope Community Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement,
Support Needed to Offer Holistic Services to People with Disabilities

(LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – November 11, 2021): New Hope Community, in Loch Sheldrake, has announced it will launch its #GivingTuesday campaign to support programs and experiences that dynamically fuel meaningful life experiences for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and also support workforce recruitment efforts and specialized training opportunities.

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New Hope Community Expands Partnership with StationMD To Offer Enhanced Medical Care in All of Its Homes

(LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – October 19, 2021) New Hope Community, a leading provider of supports and services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), introduced telehealth services provided by StationMD to more than half of its residences late last year, streamlining health services and avoiding unnecessary exposure to COVID-19. Effective this month, the agency announced the expansion of this partnership to offer telehealth services for all of its 42 homes. Now when any of the nearly 240 people supported by New Hope Community need urgent medical care, they can receive it remotely, 24/7, from board certified physicians who specialize in treating people with I/DD..

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Hope Farm Gets Harvesting Help from the Knights Order LEMC and the Knights of Columbus

(LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – September 23, 2021) The roar of motorcycles approaching marked the arrival of over a dozen energetic volunteers at Hope Farm, located on the grounds of SUNY Sullivan.  Ready to help with the annual fall harvest, on September 19, bikers from the Knights Order Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club (LEMC), a group made up of law enforcement, first responders, military/veterans, and civilians, and the Knights of Columbus from the Church of Saint Peter in Monticello, assisted with the busy harvesting season.  Everyone spent their afternoon picking vegetables at the 3-acre organic farm, which is operated by New Hope Community, of Lock Sheldrake, NY. Working alongside people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, the volunteers unearthed 211 lbs. of farm fresh potatoes and picked 70 lbs. of peppers.

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BOCES Superintendent Robert M. Dufour Is Elected to

Board of Directors of New Hope Community

(LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – August 13, 2021):  New Hope Community is pleased to announce that Robert M. Dufour, Ed.D., District Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer of Sullivan BOCES in Liberty, NY, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. New Hope Community is a not-for-profit organization providing person-centered services and supports for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Read More…

New Hope Community’s Erin Rion Appears on Jeopardy, Staff Member’s Knowledge and Poise Clinch Second Place

(LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – August 2, 2021): Erin Rion, of Napanoch, NY, appeared on national television recently as a contestant on the popular game show, “Jeopardy,” much to the delight of her friends, family, co-workers and the people with developmental disabilities whom she supports at New Hope Community. Read More…

New Hope Community Celebrates Disability Pride Month Making Strides in Inclusion and Independence

(LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – July 21, 2021):  July marks “Disability Pride Month” and the staff and people of New Hope Community in Loch Sheldrake, NY joined in celebrating the movement to increase awareness and normalize conversations about disabilities. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in four Americans have some form of disability, far more than you might expect. Read More…

SUNY Sullivan Nursing Students Gain Practical Insights Through On-Site Experience at New Hope Community

(LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – June 23, 2021): New Hope Community, in Loch Sheldrake, NY, is forging forward with a collaborative partnership with SUNY Sullivan to provide nursing students with an invaluable clinical rotation involving the provision of healthcare supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). CEO, Debra McGinness, whose career began as a pediatric nurse, extoled the importance of this program, saying “It is critical to equip nursing professionals with a comprehensive understanding of how best to holistically support patients with special needs. Optimal health care experiences can only be realized when all health care professionals understand the nuances and needs of patients with I/DD.” Read More…

Sun Shines on 11th Annual Wallace Berkowitz Golf Outing to Support New Hope Community’s Mission

(LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY – June 14, 2021): A total of 124 golfers teed off on May 17th in support of the organization’s major fundraiser of the year –  the Wallace Berkowitz Golf Outing. The foursomes set out on a summer-like day at the beautiful West Hills Golf Club in Middletown, NY, to raise funds for programs that support and empower the lives of men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Read More…

New Hope Community Announces Promotion of Karen Russell to Chief Operating Officer

Loch Sheldrake, NY (January 26, 2021):  New Hope Community, a leading agency supporting the needs of people who have intellectual and other developmental disabilities, announced today that Karen Russell, Senior Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Operations has been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer, effective January 3, 2021.  Read More…

New Hope Community Rolls Up Its Sleeves for Covid-19 Vaccine

Loch Sheldrake, NY (December 31, 2020): December 30th was no ordinary Wednesday for some extraordinary people in Sullivan County. They joined a small group of nurses and staff from New Hope Community and lined up at Garnet Health Medical Center Catskills to begin receiving Covid-19 vaccines. Read More…

New Hope Community Staff Sew 10,000 Masks
To Protect Co-Workers and Residents from Covid

Loch Sheldrake, NY (December 15, 2020) – When the Covid-19 virus emerged as a serious health threat earlier this year, surprisingly, medical equipment and personal protective equipment became as sought after and elusive as a Willie Wonka golden ticket. Read More…

Hope Farm Responds to Covid-19 Crisis
Providing Fresh Produce for the Community

Loch Sheldrake, NY (November 12, 2020) Countless heroes stand out for the essential help they continue to provide throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Some wear badges or scrubs, while others grow our food or work in markets or kitchens to prepare our meals.  Read More

10th Annual Wallace Berkowitz Cup
Supports New Hope Community’s Equine Programs

Loch Sheldrake, NY (October 25, 2020): For the past decade, the third Monday in May has been a day many area golfers set aside for The Wallace Berkowitz Cup golf outing. Hosted by the NHC Foundation, this popular annual event raises funds and awareness for New Hope Community (NHC), a leading human services organization in Loch Sheldrake, NY, serving men and women who have intellectual and other developmental disabilities.  Read More

Hope Farm Gets New Farmer, Megan VanGorden;
Focus Is on Growing, Learning and Community

Loch Sheldrake, NY (May 28, 2020) – New Hope Community (NHC), a leading not for profit organization providing supports and services that enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has announced that Megan VanGorden, of Chester, NY, has joined its staff as head farmer of Hope Farm. Read More…

Thomas Burnham Is Named Executive Director, NHC Foundation

Loch Sheldrake, NY (May 5, 2020) – New Hope Community, a leading not-for-profit organization providing supports and services that empower the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, announced the appointment of Thomas J. Burnham as Executive Director of the NHC Foundation, effective April 13, 2020.

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New Hope Community sews handmade face masks 

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New Hope makes over 500 masks

Going the extra mile for the ones they support

LOCH SHELDRAKE — Spread across Conference Room 605 inside New Hope Community’s main building in Loch Sheldrake are sewing machines and other materials brought in by the staff from home for one purpose... Read More…

New Hope Community and Select Human Services Announce Merger

Loch Sheldrake, NY (January 17, 2020) – The Board of Directors of New Hope Community, Inc. has announced the merger of New Hope Community, Inc. with Select Humans Services, Inc., effective January 1, 2020. Read More…

New Hope Community Opens Its Doors and Hearts To Spread Holiday Joy to Hundreds of Neighbors

Loch Sheldrake, NY, January 9, 2020 — Holiday lights and giving hearts shined brightly at New Hope Community in Loch Sheldrake, NY this past holiday season.

New Hope Community (NHC), a leading agency offering holistic supportive services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, hosted their 2nd Annual Holiday Family Dinner on December 10th and once again, partnered with Officer Edwards for the annual Fallsburg PBA Toy Drive Giveaway. This year, NHC volunteers dished up 541 hot meals, prepared by the NHC Community Bistro and served with a smile to Sullivan County families. Read More…

Catholic Charities Receives Donations of Fresh, Organic Produce  From New Hope Community’s Hope Farm

MONTICELLO – Already this harvest season, Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster has been the recipient of more than 300 pounds of fresh, organic produce cultivated at New Hope Community’s Hope Farm. The produce, harvested at the farm located on the SUNY Sullivan campus in Loch Sheldrake, is used to supplement and enhance the menu provided at Catholic Charities residential programs in Monticello. As part of the program, Catholic Charities clients have even helped with harvesting some of the vegetables that later ended up on their plates. Read More…

My Brother’s Keeper program meets with the Fallsburg Community

FALLSBURG — Fallsburg Central School District’s Family and Community Liaison, Dr. Aleta Lymon coordinated four back-to-school events this summer at some of the larger resident community housing areas in the Town of Fallsburg. The events were to share information with parents on what’s new, graduation requirements, the importance of parent involvement, and to conduct a parent needs survey. Read More…

New Hope Community Partners with Local Builder to Enhance Independent Living

LOCH SHELDRAKE, NEW YORK, JULY 25, 2019 —New Hope Community, a leading organization providing supports and services to hundreds of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), and local builder, Saumik (Sonny) Patel are on a mission to change lives from the ground floor up. Read More…

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9th Annual Wallace Berkowitz Cup. The NHC Foundation’s Golf Outing Drives Major Support for Sensory Garden. LOCH SHELDRAKE (June 3, 2019)– The NHC Foundation’s popular Wallace Berkowitz Cup Golf Tournament returned to picturesque West Hills Country Club, in Middletown, NY on May 20th for an exceptional day of golf and fellowship. Now in its 9th year, the event raised more than $50,000, to benefit the creation of an innovative Sensory Garden at New Hope Community’s Loch Sheldrake location. Read More…


9th Annual Wallace Berkowitz Cup to be held at West Hills Country Club. Loch Sheldrake, New York, April 10,2019 – New Hope Community Foundation is excited to announce the 9th Annual Wallace Berkowitz Cup which will take place on May 20, 2019. The golf outing will benefit the.. Read More

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LIVE AT NEW HOPE COMMUNITY The People who live at New Hope Community in Loch Sheldrake spend their days working outside on a farm, hanging out with other residents, participating in daily activities and going  to board meetings. They are people living with intellectual and developmental dis- abilities; many of them require a wheelchair or other physical aids. Read More…