Accommodations and Amenities
HH has two two-story Victorian-style homes in a residential neighborhood of Fort Wayne; Hope House has beds for 12 women in six bedrooms, and down the street is Martha’s Place which houses nine in four bedrooms. Both houses combined accommodate a total of 20 women in double-occupancy bedrooms.
HH homes have comfortable living rooms, stocked kitchens and dining areas. Bedrooms are furnished with twin beds, shared dressers and closets. While HH homes do not have wifi or cable, there are TVs with basic channels and on-site laundry facilities. Detergent and all cleaning items are provided.
Food is provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and residents are responsible for meal preparation. As clients are typically receiving public assistance, case managers assist with registering for food stamps to pay for the groceries. On the weekends, the women are responsible for purchasing as well as preparing their own meals.
Rules and Regulations
Curfew is at 9 pm for the first 30 days (including weekends) and 10 pm thereafter. Drug tests are conducted twice a week, facilitated by the house manager. Violence and substance abuse are strictly prohibited. Residents are assigned weekly house chores and are responsible for cleaning up after themselves.
Clients must attend daily 12-step meetings for the first 30 days. After one month, the clients must be employed and have a sponsor, at which time required meeting attendance is reduced to four per week. Residents must utilize the “sign-out board,” indicating the time they leave the house, their destination and time of return.
While HH is not a treatment center, it does offer educational seminars and on-site support meetings including Celebrate Recovery, Journeys, Women in Recovery, Family Group and Bible study classes.
HH also liaises with “Beads of Hope“—a group that teaches women how to make jewelry and coaches them on how to market and sell their wares. This group holds on-site jewelry-making and marketing classes on Monday and Wednesdays. Half of all jewelry sales return to Beads of Hope in order to purchase more supplies, while the remainder is divided among the women.
On Friday mornings from 9 am until noon volunteers facilitate a career education class which includes computer training, interview skills and follow up procedures.
HH provides support and education for homeless women, an often overlooked population of substance abusers. With employment resources and structured 12-step oriented sober support, HH is an affordable choice for individuals who have few—if any—options left.
Hope House Inc.
1115 Garden St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Hope House cost: 30% of income, $25 admission fee plus a $10 monthly phone fee. Reach Hope House by phone at (260) 424-3711. Find Hope House Inc. on Facebook
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