RICHMOND, Ind. — Hope House is trying to raise more than a half-million dollars for its new downtown location.
The homeless shelter and addiction treatment facility for men announced the public phase of its $550,000 capital campaign in a news release. The program in 2018 purchased the former Girls, Inc., building at 121 N. 10th St. Girls, Inc., had outgrown the space, and it moved to a new location at 1407 S. Eighth St. The money will remodel the building to fit Hope House’s needs.
“The board has been working hard since the building was purchased in 2018 and is fully committed to this project,” said Gene Webb, the co-chair of Hope House’s board. “Even with the setback of the pandemic, progress has been made, and work on the site is underway. We look forward to moving into our new home.”
Hope House has been located at 275 Grove Road in a building supplied by Richmond State Hospital since Hope House began during 2001. The new location is more suitably located for its services, the release said, than the current northwest-side location.
Hope House offers programs that include the homeless shelter, its addiction recovery program, a mentoring program, a halfway house and alumni services. It hosts an average of about 25 men each night and averages about 15 men enrolled in the addiction recovery program.
“Hope House is an important part of our community,” said Matt Strittmatter, a former Wayne County sheriff who is the fundraising campaign chairperson. “Substance abuse is an epidemic here, and the relocation of Hope House will enhance its mission to help men to overcome their addiction.”
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Richmond’s Board of Zoning Appeals approved during May 2018 Hope House’s planned uses for the new location. Hope House began in 2016 to search for a new location, and the purchase of the Girls, Inc., building was completed after Hope House received BZA approval.
“We are excited to begin the effort to move into our new building on North 10th Street,” said Hope House Director Whitney Mays. “We want to be a beacon of light and hope in our new neighborhood. We are grateful for the support we have received from our community over the years and look forward to continuing this new journey of hope together.”