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Hope House Inc

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Causes: Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment

Mission: Since 1981, Hope House has provided homeless, chemically dependent women with supportive services in a transitional residential setting to help them find employment and maintain recovery so they can become self-sufficient.

Programs: Hope house, inc. Provided 72 homeless, chemically dependent women with supportive services to help them maintain recovery and become self-sufficient. Those supportive services include case management, counseling, peer recovery support, employment training and job placement assistance, financial management, parenting, housing placement and many others. During the most recent fiscal year, 85% of the women who remained in the program at least 60 days discharged with employment in place and 80% moved into permanent housing. The beads of hope employment training program has helped women prepare for jobs as well as earn some income through the sales of their jewelry products.

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Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 1

We always try and donate what we don't want for others in need. One day hope house came to pick up like 3 bags of clothing we left outside with a note saying "hope house" they felt the need to look for more bags around my house and take that to which was NOT okay . My father travels a lot for work and left a bag of his clothes near the back door,not the same kind of bag the donation clothes were in, and hope house took all of his work clothes and even took his LUNCH BAG. If we leave clothes for you guys specifically with a sign on it saying hope house why take anything near by? After noticing his stuff was gone I tried calling day after day after day with no luck reaching a human being. Never donating to them again stay out of our property we will donate to a more professional donation.

cgumbiner

Donor

Rating: 5

Another year of supporting Hope House has been the best thing my husband and I have done these are some very amazing people what they do cannot be easy at all. Hope House was our family's savior and helping my family get back on the right track and heal many wounds. It has been over a year and half ago since my 2 daughters were there and they are still living a clean life both have graduated from college this year something I thought we would never see, they have become very successful in there jobs as well. This organization has taught them how to live normal lives and clean one as well I know I cannot even come close to expressing my words for this organization. Thank you Hope House for giving back the girls I raised love all of you guys!

Carrie Gumbiner

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hope House has saved my families life they helped two of my daughters learn how to get off of drugs they were addicted for five years and made me and my husbands life miserable and broken hearted. We came to the point that we knew we needed to kick them out of our house cause we were doing them no good just enabling. Thank god for Hope House cause no parent wants there girls on the streets especially in the condition they were in at that time but Hope House did take them in and taught them how to live again and that life is much better than being addicted to something you need to have everyday. They taught them how to become responsible adults and how to take care of themselves but best of all they taught them that they have self worth and that they are good people. But most of all they also helped me as a parent to start saying NO to my girls and that it would get easier to say the NO word to them. Also the support they gave me and my husband I could call about anytime and they would talk with me and counsel me as well with what I should be doing to make my girls recovery more successful. I love there staff so much this place is AWSOME to me!! Thanks Hope House for giving me Hope as well. Ken & Carrie Gumbiner

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is well run with a strong leader who has a strong sense of vision. She does an excellent job identifying resources needed to accomplish the vision and then follows through extremely well. We feel like our grants to this organization achieve what was promised in the proposal.

Angelique N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

The Hope House has changed the lives of many women.

Anthony30

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization that helps women get back on their feet and remove themselves from poor environments.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope House is one of those rare gems that far exceeds expectations both for the clients it serves as well as our community. During a recent tour, one of the residents described in enthusiastic detail how Hope House has impacted her life for the better. I was also honored to attend the graduation ceremony and to hear the personal stories of courageous women who have overcome the odds to succeed in this important phase of their life. The counselors' encouragement and the programs offered to the women at Hope House provide valuable resources with life-changing results. Thank you Hope House!

Volunteer

Rating: 5


The staff members of Hope House are dedicated and qualified volunteers who consistently serve the clients with respect and care. Mary Etheart, Executive director is amazing and she has surrounded herself with strong staff, informed and active board members and numerous individual and organization volunteers. Our University sends service learning students to serve at Hope house and the students learn so much while assisting staff. It is an education for all!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I review grant applications and monitor subrecipients of grants in the area of homelessness. Also I collaborate and meet with local agencies to develop and be part of programs that offer solutions to reduce homelessness.

Hope House is a top achiever in my field. I am constantly reminded of their professionalism when I receive documentation that is complete and accurate. The management is leading the conversation in the community and sharing expertise to eliminate barriers to employment not just for their clients, but with all the community in mind.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with the staff of the Hope House for many years. They are committed to working with the women that they serve and extremely knowlegable about their needs a well. I have seen many innovations over the years, one of which it the Beads that help women develop skills that they can use when they have learned to live a drug free lifestyle and no longer require the intensive support of the Hope House.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope House's director has been a key partner for the greater Fort Wayne community as the non-profit sector, United Way, City of Fort Wayne and others have worked diligently to establish and maintain and effective system of care for our area. Hope House's programs are effective and show great promise for setting the standard for how to promote independence among those populations who need the hand up.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as an intern for 7 months. I grew and changed along with the women that Hope House Services. I watched the broken hearten and hopeless women come back to life. I watch the emptiness in their eyes change; into hope and happiness. As I watched the women confront their issues it also taught me to confront mine. To see the face of a woman when she can hold her baby again and be clean when she does is amazing. The staff was wonderful and willing to embrace anyone that that walked through the door. You truly feel like you belong. Words alone can not describe what the Hope House gives to women everyday. It truly is a House of Hope. I will be forever grateful that I was permitted to experience life through the eyes of the Hope House.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to meet staff and learn about Hope House through my best friend due to their personal family struggles with addiction. If not for Hope House my BFF would not be able to enjoy her children who have been through the program and have become successful young adults. I have had the opportunity to participate in several functions that help to fund this program with great support. Hope House is a top notch organization with a staff that have hearts of GOLD. Thank you for saving my friend and her family from addiction.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place saved my best friends family! Her mother struggled with addiction for many years...and Hope House brought her out of the darkness. She is now 7 years clean...and is an amazing mother and grandmother! She has also been able to give back to Hope House by working there and volunteering her time. Great place!

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HopeHouse 10/09/2012

Thank you so much for your positive review!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Hope House in 2005 from fulton co. jail. I did not know what i was getting myself into. I had been doing Meth for 15 years. Once i was there i learned so much about myself that i had lost trough my addiction. I had stucture back into my life they make you be accountable, responsible, and start you on your new life of recovery. If it wasnt for hope house i know i'd be dead or in prison. Today i have over 7yrs. clean i still attend12 step mtgs on a regular, i sponsor women and i also work there as direct care staff. I have my family back that was estranged for alot of years. I'm the mother, daughter and grandmother that God wanted me to be. I volunteer we needed for hope house when asked to do things with the new residents coming into Hope House. There is not anything i wont doing for this life saveing program and it's staff!!!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mary and her staff have a great impact on helping the women who need their services. We at, Community Transportation Network, enjoy working with Hope House.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Hope House is a great place to get help if you struggle with substance abuse. It takes a holistic approach and caters each treatment plan to meet individual needs. Hope House prepares their clients for life in the outside world. I volunteered at Hope House for an internship for school. I learned so much while volunteering at Hope House and I really enjoyed getting to know the women that lived and worked there. The enviornment is warm and welcoming. I would highly reccomend Hope House to anyone woman struggling with substance abuse.

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HopeHouse 10/09/2012

Thank you so much! We miss you!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was a counseling intern at Hope House for about 15 weeks, providing group and individual counseling to the residents. I was amazed by the dedication of the staff to the clients, providing resources, a listening ear, and "tough love" when necessary. The clients told me often how much they appreciated the staff. As a student, I was so thankful for the supervision and advice given to me by the staff. I felt free to grow and try new things while interning there. Most importantly, I saw first-hand how the lives of the women are dramatically changed by going through this program. The program has so much to offer their clients, including groups, volunteer hours, and daily plans to help organize. The women are not only supported by staff, but also by each other. I often left from interning extremely excited to be a part of this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope House is the most amazing recovery program that there is. When I came to Hope House 15 years ago I had no hope of staying clean and I had no desire to continue drinking and living the way my life was. I found myself making a choice: choose to live or choose to die. Those were the only options I had at that point. Though I had had completed several drug and alcohol programs in the past, I just couldn't "get it" , long term. I had no doubt that I had the right information. In fact I could have probably easily facilitated the actual drug and alcohol group sessions. I just could not "take it out of the book" and put it into action. Hope House taught me how to do that. At Hope House I learned what had been missing all of the other times I had tried to get clean and sober. Upon arriving at Hope House the one major difference between this program and so many others is, "I actually felt that I belonged and the people really did care about me. This made all the dirrerence to me. I learned how to apply the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous to my every day life, not just my drinking but to all areas. I was able to learn why I drank. I discovered I had a "thinking problem" not just a "drinking problem". Hope House gave me true Hope. I gained the will and desire to "Live", not just exist. I was able to get and keep a job and become self-sufficient. This enabled me to take care of my financial and legal obligations and eventually to re-gain custody of my oldest daughter. That eventually led me to re-unite with my ex-husband and youngest daughter. Because of Hope House I was able to become the wife, mother, daughter, sister and mentor that I was always meant to be. since my journey began 15 years ago I have been able to maintain my sobriety and have a positive influence on my children and my immediate family. My children have successfully completed college and are now following their hearts in doing what they truly love to do. It's is ironic that they both work in the field of social work and or with adults and children with mental and physical disabilities. I must say that I have worked for Hope House now fsince 1999 and through the help of Hope House and "the grace of GOD", my biggest "curse" has become my greatest blessing and I have been able to positively affect the lives of not only my family but also play a small part in the daily miracles of the lives of so many others. There is no doubt why Hope House should receive 2012 Top Rated Awards.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

With never enough housing for the ever growing homeless population in fort Wayne, Indiana, Hope House provides a safe haven for chemically dependent homeless women in recovery as they work to empower them as they transition toward self sufficiency. Always done with dignity and respect. Well done!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am the Lead Case Manager at Hope House, Inc., and feel extremely lucky to work with the people i work with everyday. That goes for both co-workers and my residents! Everyday great things are happening in the lives of women who are in recovery and it is so special to be a part of it. To watch each of these individuals grow as women, as mother's, as a productive member of society is truly a humbling experience. If it weren't for Hope House and the services we offer, these women would continue to struggle down the path(s) of desctruction and inevitably death.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started my helping career at Hope House. The Hope House staff taught me many case management and counseling skills. Hope House is a great place for women to take their life back and get back on track! ~Heidi S.

Nykki C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hope House has my heart 125%. The abundance of clarity, skill, knowledge, guidance, reassurance, support, sense of achievement, love, community, opportunity, etc., etc. cannot be matched! The staff, lead by the Executive Director, Mary Etheart, is like no other! The way they believe in the women living there, the compassion and personal experience they bring in to every encounter, the structure they instill, the encouragement and navigation towards new beginnings, self worth, and HOPE each resident receives is nothing less than magical! Hope House is a blessing to so many in and outside of the community. They CERTAINLY deserve this award!!!

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HopeHouse 10/03/2012

Thanks so much, Nykki! You and your heart and wonderful groups are part of what makes Hope House the warm & caring place it is!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In 2008, I had the opportunity to serve as a summer intern for Hope House, Inc. The staff provided excellent care to the women they serve. I saw life changing moments that helped solidify my desire to become a counselor. These life altering moments can be seen during their annual Celebration of Success where women share their stories of hope through the services provided at Hope House. This organization allowed me to see the importance of creating a caring environment conducive for recovery.

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HopeHouse 10/03/2012

Thank you! We miss you and appreciate your ongoing support!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I didn't know anything about Hope House until a few years ago. My friends mother was dealing with addiction and it was costing her her family. They first time I saw her after Hope House had helped her get clean I barley recognized her! She was like a new person! My friend has her mother back and her grand kids have their grandma back. Hope House is an amazing place and a great asset to the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My best friend's life was forever changed because of the treatment her mother received. Heather has a mother and her kids have an amazing grandmother. I am impressed by her determination and will power. She is wonderful and she has always been a second mom to me and I am proud of her sucess. Thanks to all they assistance she received from Hope House!

Megan31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff is amazing at their jobs. They are so willing to help you to help the residents. They know what the residents need are willing to help them get there. They are loving enough to push when the residents need to be pushed and supportive enough to support them when they need it as well. They have such a well balanced approach to addiction. They give just the right amount of healthy support and corrective direction in order for the most effective change to happen. Staff is welcoming to anyone who volunteers there. They make you feel right at home which in turn helps you connect with the residents. The executive director is outstanding at what she does. She is very adapt at explaining the actions and behaviors of the residents and the overall addiction process.

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HopeHouse 10/03/2012

Thanks so much Megan! You are wonderful and we appreciate your support (and fabulous photos!).

heather17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Hope House Saved My Family -- and most importantly my Mother! If she wouldn't have had the Hope House to guide her, direct her and teach her that she can OVERCOME her past obstacles. I know that my children would not have a NANNY SHELLEY! They saved her life and her family! She still has them backing her helping her along with all the others who come through the program. Many programs find it hard to see addicts succeed -- but it's not the program it's the person and I feel like the Hope House gave my MOM hope and she was finally ready to take ahold of it they set all the points to succeed and move forward in front of her. She is a MIRACLE and so is every aspect of the HOPE HOUSE, in my eyes and I'm sure in the eyes of any successful person in recovery who has and is in the continued process of RECOVERY!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Five years ago my mother was incarcerated for meth use. That left me in a very hard situation. I had a 1 year old of my own and a baby on the way! Then on top of that..I had two teenage sisters who came to live with me during my mothers struggles w/ the system and herself. It didnt' take, but a couple months to see "my mom" come back to life..with smiles and confindence in herself. The HOPE HOUSE of Ft. Wayne saved her life..and we couldn't express how much we believe that the HOPE HOUSE saved her life and our family from falling apart. She is our "Miracle Mom" and we "Luv her More and More Every Day!" We luv you Shelley Mitchell (5 years clean - August 23rd, 2010)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope House has an excellent reputation as a local service provider for women working through addictions. I have volunteered on a few projects with Hope House staff. I am continually impressed with the combination of compassion and structure that Hope House provides to women in need. Thank you for providing this great service to our community!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I think Hope House has such great results because they educate the women. Many facilities give shelter, but with out giving them the tools how to change there is little results. I was surprised with all the rules, but it help the women with dicipline and direction for when they live on their own. It is important to have the structure that they have not had for a long time in their lives. It teaches them to be responsible for their actions and how to work as a team and care for others. I was pleased to see their faith, friendship, and support of each other.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

As a Board member of Hope House, I have gotten to see first hand how they have changed the lives of many chemically dependant women. Their program has helped many women who have hit the lowest point of their lives, usually involving homelessness, jail time or even losing custody of their children. The program gives the residents structure, training, counseling, and strength to turn their lives around. These women have gone on to earn college degrees, own their own homes and most importantly given back to help women who are currently in a situation similar to theirs. They do wonderful work!

Donor

Rating: 5

There are few places for woman, homeless and coping with addiction to turn in our community. Many are willing to help for a price but few are willing to provide the care that Hope House offers to Fort Wayne, Indiana woman with no means. Hope House offers a path to a fulfilling life for those that have no place to turn. Historically, Indiana has dealt with addicts by incarcerating them but jails and prisons provide no real solutions and are widely believed to have a negative impact on the potential for recovery. Our prisons are overflowing with non-violent drug offenders at a substantial cost to the public. Imagine what Hope House could do with a fraction of the money that is wasted on such incarceration. Perhaps one day our legislators will see the light and begin to fund programs that actually make a difference. Until then, let those with loving hearts be the good Samaritans and support Hope House.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Hope House is a great organization with a high percentage of success. They assist women in recovery with developing personal skills that will help in the community and workplace. Many women in the program "graduate" with a job and an secure place to live.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I lived at Hope House INC back in 1989. They had a good program, though it was lacking in some areas. Hope House has grown in so many ways, for one it is more individualized to the clients needs. The focus originally was strictly 12 Step based. Hope House is still 12 Step based, but it treats the whole person and supports the client in becoming self-sufficient. One thing that hasn't changed, is (even though it is a transitional living facility) that is feels like a home.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

My name is Stephanie and I have been addicted to crack cocaine for 20 years. I had never been in trouble with the law before the age of 36 and by the time I was 41, I had been arrested 13 times, sent to prison twice and was facing a third trip. I wrote to the Hope House and my judge and begged for help. The only thing that was going to change would be the date and time upon another release. The Hope House staff helped get me approved to be a resident and I can never thank them enough for saving my life and giving me another chance at how to learn to live life again. It was the HARDEST thing I have ever had to do, but the BEST. I have tools today that I didn't know were out there and I know how to be honest today and talk to people about where I am at on a daily basis. I have been sober for 3 years, with one short slip up, and my life has never been better. Because of the lessons the Hope House taught me, when I slipped, I knew where to go and who to turn to. I will forever be grateful to them and my Judge for believing in me one more time. Life is getting better day by day, one day at a time!