Not-for-profit to build women’s recovery housing on west side

Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana has announced plans to build and operate a certified community-based recovery housing facility for women with young children on the west side of Indianapolis.

The non-for-profit says it’s currently working to identify a site and plans to break ground by spring 2023. The facility is expected to provide recovery housing and support for up to 11 women who will live with their children.

Last December, the nonprofit was awarded $1.4 million from the Indiana University Health Community Impact Investment Fund to support the project.

“IU Health’s commitment and investment in this project are great demonstrations of our long-standing and trusted relationship,” said John von Arx, chief executive officer of Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana. “Both organizations take a whole-person approach to services, treatment, and recovery. While there are other centers in the state of Indiana serving women in recovery, this is the first facility of its kind that will focus on mothers and children by keeping the family together.”

The recovery residence will be state certified as Level III housing for women who have completed residential substance use disorder treatment at a Fresh Start Recovery Center in Indiana and reside in either western Marion or Hendricks counties.

The facility is expected to open in winter 2023.

Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America is a faith-based not-for-profit with programs in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It serves more than 1.5 million people a year.

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