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Along with the changing leaves, we’ve
had some changes at Hope House this
Fall. Our Employment Specialist, Lindsey
Cook, has moved on to join her fiancé
in Cincinnati. She will be missed after
5 years of wonderful work with the
women of Hope House. Lindsey had a
very positive impact on so many lives!
We welcome her replacement, Dana Babcock, who is fitting right
in because she was here doing an internship for a whole year last
year. Other changes have included lots of new faces as we welcome
5 interns who help the residents and staff in so many ways. Please
read more from Lindsey, Dana and our interns in this issue.
We are now preparing for Thanksgiving and counting our blessings
daily. We have so much to be grateful for! This year the women
of Hope House have been invited to Thanksgiving dinner at Baker
Street restaurant. What a generous act of kindness from Baker
Street! In October, I represented Hope House at an agency fair at
Harrison College where I met two faculty members who have been
kind enough to come to Hope House to share their expertise with
our residents. Thank you Lynda and Crista! Although the days of
golfing seem distant right now, it was less than 2 months ago when
we had our golf outing. Heartfelt thanks go to all of those who
played and/or sponsored because it was very successful!
“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also
make our blessings count.” — Neal A. Maxwell
This quote sums up our feeling here at Hope House. We are so
grateful for the blessings we receive from the community and each
donation, each act of kindness is used to support our mission of
helping the women become and remain sober and self-sufficient.
Mary Etheart, PhD, LCAC
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!
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1129 Garden St • Fort Wayne, IN 46802 • Office (260) 424-3711 & (260) 424-2471 • Fax (260) 424-3783 & (260) 422-2971
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The end of 2014 is approaching and this is a good time to purchase
tax credits to save on your tax return!
NAP (Neighborhood Assistance Program) is a program of the State
of Indiana, created by Indiana Code 6-3.1-9 and administered by
the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. Each
year, NAP offers $2.5 million in tax credits for distribution to 501
(c) 3 non-profit organizations across Indiana. These recipients, like
Hope House, use NAP tax credits as a fundraising tool to support our
program and services.
When a donor purchases credits from Hope House, they receive a tax
credit toward their Indiana state income tax liability valued at 50%
of the amount of their purchase. The donor receives this credit when
filing their Indiana state tax return. A $200 NAP purchase allows
you to receive a $100 credit towards your Indiana income tax PLUS
the federal tax deduction for charitable contributions. Hope House
has tax credits to sell and would love for you to contact us for more
information. Call Mary at 424-3711.
You can also learn more about NAP at the following link:
Huntertown UMC
Kathy Roby
Deb Cosbey
Cathi & Don Schenkel
Butler United Methodist Women
Elisa Gudsteinsdottir
Lisa Held
Charles Poignard
Tom McCrady
Corporate Housing Systems
Jane Beer
Stephen & Donna Buckner
Lassus Brothers
Pictures from our 2014 Golf Outing
Mark your calendars now!
Our next annual golf outing will be May 21, 2015.
You don’t want to miss it!
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Hope House is saying good-bye to our long-time Employment Specialist, Lindsey Cook. Lindsey has had a great impact on many of the
women who have stayed at Hope House, and we are really thankful for all the work she has done over the years. She will be missed and we
wish her nothing but the best in her next journey in life!
Here is a letter Lindsey wrote to share with you.
I wanted to take a moment to say goodbye to all the staff,
residents, and supporters of Hope House! In the 4 years I have
been involved with Hope House as the employment specialist
I’ve grown so much as a person and a professional. Taking the
employment program from it’s beginning stages and watching
it grow and become successful for our residents has been
rewarding in a way that has always kept me striving to do more
to help the women be as successful and self-sufficient as they
can. I’ve gained valuable knowledge and experience that will
stay with me always. In my time here I’ve worked with so many
wonderful women and staff and I will truly miss everyone! While
it’s bittersweet to be leaving, I’m looking forward to this new
One of our former interns, Dana Babcock, will step into Lindsey’s role and begin working as our new Employment Specialist. We welcome
Dana! Here is a note she wrote:
My name is Dana and I am anticipating helping women obtain gainful and stable employment as an important step in their recovery
program. As part of my degree in Human Services from IPFW, I spent my senior year as an intern at Hope House learning about this
population and gaining a whole new passion for women dealing with chemical dependency. While Lindsey leaves large shoes to fill, I
am confident in this program and the services it provides to help women live successful lives in recovery. I look forward to my future
with Hope House and the women we serve.
Over the years, we have welcomed a number of interns to Hope House. We asked our most recent interns to write a short introduction so
you can know a little bit about who they are.
My name is Lisa Adams and I have been studying Human Services at Ivy Tech Community College. From personal experience
throughout my own family I have a deep awareness of the devastating effects of addiction. Rebuilding one’s life is a gradual
process which requires a strong support network. Hope House offer’s a safe and encouraging environment in order to aid
chemically dependent women in their pursuit of recovery. The disease of addiction touches all aspects of life. Those who are
afflicted with addiction are not responsible for having it, but once one is aware of their malady they have a responsibility for
their recovery. I hope to continue learning how to pair my personal experience with effective training in this process.
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My name is Linda Valdes and I am a student at Ivy Tech Community College.
I am enrolled in the Human Services program and hope to transfer to Indiana
University-Purdue University to pursue my bachelor’s degree in this field
next fall after completing my two-year degree in the spring. I am honored to
have the privilege of being able to work with Hope House staff and residents
while learning about the program. I am focused on providing support and
encouragement to the residents and learning their individual stories to
provide assistance to them during their journey at Hope House.
My name is Rachel and I’m currently an intern here at Hope House through
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. I have already received
my Associates Degree and am almost finished with my Bachelors Degree,
both in Human Services. I am also working on a double minor for Psychology
and Sociology. I haven’t had much experience working with addictions, since
my previous internships were clients with mental disorders and disabilities.
I chose disabilities initially because I have a daughter who is 7 years in
remission from Ewings Sarcoma, a bone cancer. She was later diagnosed
with mild cerebral palsy and generalized anxiety disorder. Due to being a
single mom, and experiencing the struggles with my daughter, I have a fairly
extensive knowledge of community resources. I have already learned a lot
in my short time here and I love talking to everyone, learning their stories.
During my time here I look forward to working with each resident and helping
to aid in the progress of her recovery.
My name is Allissa Peterson and I am in the Physical Therapist Assistant
program at the University of Saint Francis. For one of my classes I have to do
a service learning project and volunteer somewhere for a total of 24 hours.
They encouraged us in class to volunteer somewhere out of our comfort zone
and so I decided to volunteer at the Hope House to give myself experience in
an atmosphere that I have never experienced before. After being here every
Thursday for a few weeks, I have a better understanding about the addictions
people really go through. Since I am a certified massage therapist, a few
times I was here I put on free neck and shoulder massages for 10-15 minutes
for each lady. I feel and hope that the 10-15 minutes let the ladies relax and
feel a sense of relief from their day and struggles they may have been going
through at the time. I’m so glad I got the chance to experience the Hope
House and Martha’s Place and being able to talk to most of the ladies here; it
has really opened my eyes to a greater understanding.
This is a busy time for Beads of Hope sales (we hope!).
We are getting a lot of jewelry ready for the this
holiday season. So, as you consider a nice gift for that
special someone, remember Breads of Hope!
Please come visit our table at any or all of the craft
fairs. Also, be sure to visit our website and check out
our merchandise there. The women participating in
Beads of Hope have added the new service of jewelry
repair. If you have an item with a broken clasp, for
example, it can be repaired right here!
November 8
Bishop Dwenger Boosters Craft Bazaar
November 15
Georgetown Place Craft Fair
November 19
Pop-Up Arts Event for 2014 National Hunger &
Homelessness Awareness Week at Wunderkammer
November 22
Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar Northrop HS
December 6 Craft fair at Covenant United Methodist Church
My name is Renee Pantoja and I am a student at IWU, Indiana Wesleyan
University here in Fort Wayne. I have a degree in the Science of Business also
from IWU, and I am now working on my Bachelors in Addiction Counseling.
I would like to thank you all for this opportunity in allowing me to share not
only my education in addiction, but also in your lives as you go through
recovery here at the Hope House.
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We appreciate all the support we receive.
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Vacuum cleaners
Cleaning supplies
Office supplies
File cabinets
Incentive gifts for residents: cosmetics; bath products; purses; gift cards
Bath towels
Dish towels/rags
Snow shovels
Sidewalk salt
Snow blower
Warm socks
DVD player
CD player
Stuffed Christmas stockings for 20 women
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.
Quarterly Newsletter | Fall 2014
Hope House, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization making all donations tax-deductible.
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