Hope House, Inc. // hopehouseinc.us HOPE FOR WOMEN IN RECOVERY. | TRANSITIONAL HOUSING, SUPPORTIVE SERVICES, SKILLS TRAINING A NOTE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR We think of spring as a time of hope and renewal; I certainly feel uplifted when I see the beautiful yellows of the daffodils and forsythia. In our West Central neighborhood, the gardens are blooming beautifully. Please join us for the Walking Home 5K walk on Sunday, April 26th. It’s a lovely way to stroll through downtown and the West Central neighborhood to see all the gorgeous spring flowers. More information is available in this newsletter. Our team is called the Hopeful Walkers if you’d like to join online. Another opportunity to get outside and enjoy yourself is to join us on May 21st for our golf outing. We are planning a great time and hope you will join us at Coyote Creek. Information is included in this newsletter. Although spring is considered the season of hope, here at Hope House we experience it daily all year round. Women are admitted to our program feeling discouraged and hopeless. They have experienced trauma, made mistakes for which they feel shame, and often don’t see a happy, healthy future for themselves. Our staff show them unconditional positive regard and help them see that they are worthwhile, beautiful women who have the power to make different choices and change their lives. The structure of the Hope House program provides them with opportunities to practice making better choices and our partners like Headwaters Counseling and Park Center provide additional counseling to help them learn to care for and respect themselves. Hope is renewed and we are very proud of the women who work so hard to complete Hope House! Mary Etheart, PhD, LCAC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OUR MISSION Hope House, Inc. provides homeless, chemically-dependent women with opportunities to pursue recovery and selfsufficiency in a healthy supportive living environment. Be sure to visit our Beads of Hope website! b e a d sof h o p e i n d i a n a .co m 1129 Garden St • Fort Wayne, IN 46802 • Office (260) 424-3711 & (260) 424-2471 • Fax (260) 424-3783 & (260) 422-2971 hopehouseinc.us HOPE HOUSE GARDENS Thanks to Ricky Kemery, Purdue Horticulture Extension Educator, and Denise Jackson, Master Gardener, our 6 raised bed gardens have gotten started this season! Ricky started with a very interesting talk about gardening and how it can improve mental health, decrease stress, and lengthen life span. That made everyone excited about working our gardens. We planted spinach, lettuce, carrots, radishes, and broccoli. We also are grateful to have Lisa Thatcher from the Family Nutrition Program provide classes twice a month so we have creative ideas to cook our harvests! THANKS TO OUR DONORS! Grant Reinoehl Thomas Fean Brent Byrd Joel Usina Carol Hupp Carolyn Botts Northeast Mothers of Twins & More Lisa Thatcher Marty Kocks-Hamrick Christa Miller Kim Bridgewater & Corporate Housing Systems Susan Laughlin Trina Herber Pete Zisis Bruggemans Enterprises Malloy Law City of Fort Wayne: Community Development Quarterly Newsletter | Spring 2015 northeast indiana Hope House participated in a rally at the YWCA on April 14th to raise awareness of the pay inequity between men and women. Currently, women earn $0.77 for every dollar earned by a man. David Nicole, CEO of the United Way, spoke at the rally and encouraged business owners to recognize this as a community problem and review their numbers. Hope House does a great job preparing women for employment and we hope they get jobs which can help them support their families. Page | 2 hopehouseinc.us MARK YOUR CALENDARS! There is still time to sign up for the Walking Home event that’s coming up this weekend. Hope House has partnered in this walk for a number of years with hopes to bring more awareness to the community about the plight of the homeless in our area and to raise support in order to continue doing what we’re doing. Please visit walking-home.com to learn more about what Walking Home is all about, and to register for the event—sign up with the “Hopeful Walkers” team! HOPE HOUSE 6TH ANNUAL GOLF OUTING Who loves golf?! Who loves being outside and maybe taking an afternoon off work? Quarterly Newsletter | Spring 2015 Well, if that’s you, you should consider joining us at Coyote Creek Golf Club on May 21 for our annual golf outing. Start Time: 1:00 p.m. (shotgun start) If you’re interested in playing, use the form below to send in your info and money. If you have questions, contact Mary Etheart by email ([email protected] frontier.com) or phone (260-424-3711). Page | 3 hopehouseinc.us RECOVERY: A BEAUTIFUL LIFE My journey into recovery began when I entered into the Hope House as a resident 5 years ago in 2010. The road ahead of me seemed dark, painful and nearly impossible. I had little knowledge of the disease of alcohol and addiction at the time but it had taken a firm grasp on my life and who I had become as a young woman at 22. Although this was a painful discovery to bear, I had no idea was the key that would unlock the door to a freedom I didn’t even know existed. My time spent at the Hope House was such a necessary process in honoring who I really was and who I wanted to be. I learned about alcoholism and addiction as a disease that centers in the mind, body and spirit. Alcoholism and addiction is a disease NOT a choice, it does NOT define who I am, and it is a part of me of me that I cannot change. It is not reflective of intelligence, willpower or an intense desire to live a better life. Once I recognized this and realized there was something much bigger than me, a disease, driving me toward substances and self-destructive behavior I was able to harness all that recovery had to offer me. The Hope House provided me with access to all that I needed to build a foundation in recovery as well as guiding me through the process. My recovery is holistic and it includes everything that affects mind, body and soul, much like the disease, but reverse. In the last 5 years my life has changed dramatically, externally and most importantly inwardly. I have learned that it is vital to nurture and cultivate who I am at the core of my being, essentially my spirit, and the most amazing external experiences follow that. I am currently a full time student at IPFW working on my undergraduate degree for Speech Language Pathology, working part time, interning at a Crossfit gym to get certified as a coach, as well as helping other women in their recovery process. I know who I am today and I know what I value, this allows me to make choices and actions that align with that, ultimately resulting in living in harmony with myself and others. I have learned there are no mistakes, there are only opportunities in life, and this concept allows me to experience life for the lessons not the outcomes. My recovery has been an ongoing, innovative and an absolutely beautiful journey! This testimony is from Jessi who was our guest speaker at our last Celebration of Success. BEADS OF HOPE UPCOMING EVENTS b e a d so f h o p e in d ia n a .co m Main Street Farmer’s Market 1st Friday of every month starting May 8: 3-8p Hope House Golf Outing May 21: 12-1p Barr Street Farmer’s Market May 16 & June 13 & July 25 Northrop Spring Craft Fair May 30 Three Rivers Festival July 15-18 Quarterly Newsletter | Spring 2015 Page | 4 VISIT US ONLINE h op e h o u s e i n c. u s NEEDS LIST Vacuum cleaners Microwaves Cleaning supplies Office supplies File cabinets Journals Incentive gifts for residents: cosmetics; bath products; purses; gift cards hopehouseinc.us We appreciate all the support we receive. Bath towels Dish towels/rags DVD player CD player Spades Watering cans Lawnmower Hope House, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization making all donations tax-deductible. 1129 Garden Street Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802 Hope House, Inc. provides homeless,chemically-dependent women with opportunities to pursue recovery and selfsufficiency in a healthy supportive living environment. Hope House, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization making all donations tax-deductible.
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