Progress House, one of Indiana’s oldest continually operating men’s recovery residences, is excited to announce a significant expansion of services to combat addiction and strengthen families by establishing the Progress House Next Step (PHNS) and Progress House Permanent Housing (PHPH) programs on a recovery campus located at 2456 N. Bolton Avenue in Indianapolis.
These new services will significantly extend the continuum of care provided to residents by allowing them to transition into a more independent recovery-focused living environment through involvement in the Progress House Next Step program, and will offer families the opportunity to build a more solid foundation for their new lives through participation in the Progress House Permanent Housing program.
“It is extremely exciting to see such an expansion of needed services to help empower men to win the fight against addiction and to witness the rebirth and strengthening of families,” said Jason Tolliver, a member of the Board of Directors. “One of the greatest gifts a man can receive is the gift of fatherhood, and one of the most important things he will ever do is be a good husband. Addiction steals both of these. So to watch men becoming good fathers and responsible husbands is humbling to say the least.”
Progress House Next Step will offer those who have successfully completed the initial Progress House program the option of transitioning into a more independent living environment while remaining in a highly accountable, safe, recovery-oriented residence. Participants will receive recovery coaching, employment counseling, substance abuse education, and involvement in 12-Step recovery meetings throughout their stay. Meanwhile, we are also seeking to help men and their families build a more solid foundation for their lives through the new Progress House Permanent Housing initiative. This housing initiative will offer families the choice of reuniting in a safe, sober residence on the same recovery campus within a separate freestanding apartment building.
“Addiction impacts the entire family, and those of us who work in this field understand how critically important it is to keep a recovering individual engaged in a continuum of care for as long as possible,” said Bill Kuster, a licensed addiction counselor and program director at the Progress House. “The expansion of our services through these new programs will help us save lives and strengthen families. It’s a win-win.”
Our Inaugural Fight Night poster (designed by a PH resident)
Over the past few years, Progress House staff have looked for various strategies to help meet the growing need for services for those lacking financial resources or insurance that will reimburse those services.
In an effort to expand fundraising efforts, staff hoped to create an event that would not only bring awareness to the mission of the PH, but would also provide an atmosphere that community supporters would enjoy.
Our first annual Fight Night Nov. 5 at the Indianapolis Colts Complex emerged as that effort.
Progress House staff met with the president of the Indiana Golden Gloves, Keith Boggs, and decided to establish a partnership with the help of the Colts.
Set for Tuesday, Nov. 5th from 7-9pm, the event will feature 10 Golden Gloves bouts and will be held at the Indianapolis Colts Complex located at 7001 West 56th Street in Indianapolis. Tickets purchases can be made for $50 at http://bit.ly/PHFightNight and will include the cost of the event, along with food catered by Jonathan Byrds.
Chapman Heating and Air Conditioning has pledged support of the Progress House by being a Diamond Sponsor for 2013 Inaugral Fight Night. The Progress House would like to thank Jeff Chapman and Chapman Heating and Air Conditioning for helping to support the mission of our organization.
The Progress House has been awarded over 15 thousand dollars in tax credits from the Neighborhood Assistance Program. The Neighborhood Assistance Program helps fund projects including affordable housing, counseling, child-care, educational assistance, emergency assistance, job training, medical care, recreational facilities, downtown rehabilitation, and neighborhood commercial revitalization. All projects must benefit economically disadvantaged areas and/or persons. The Neighborhood Assistance Program is sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Association.
Tax credits are a great way for individuals to maximize their donations. For every 100 dollars donated to the Progress House under this program, the donor will receive $50 in tax credits that they can use towards their 2012 taxes. The money donated will go towards the Progress House ‘Sponsor Hope’ Program, which is a scholarship program structured to help those that are financially unable to afford services. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Tadd Whallon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting Saturday March, 2, 2013 at 2:00pm there will be an AL-Anon meeting every Saturday at the Progress House. Call us at 637.9816 for more information.
The Progress House is proud to partner with the Golden Gloves Association to bring you Fight Night. The event, which will be held at the Indianapolis Colts Complex promises to offer both a unique and exciting opportunity to help those in need.
On November 5, the Progress House will be having it’s inaugural Fight Night fundraiser. This event will feature 10-12 Golden Glove bouts at the Indianapolis Colts Complex. Tickets to Fight Night are limited, so get yours today at http://progresshouse.ticketleap.com/fight-night/
Tickets are $50, which covers the cost of the event and food catered by Jonathan Byrds. Food will include the following:
BBQ Pulled Pork Slider
Buffalo Chicken Slider
Slider Buns, BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayo, Hot Sauce
Tortilla Chips, Warm Cheese Sauce, Salsa, Sliced Jalapenos
Mini Deep Dish Pizza Appetizer Station
Assortment of Cheese Pizza & Pepperoni Pizza (per 40 mini pizzas)
Fried Food Station
Mozzerella Cheese Sticks with marinara dipping sauce
Mini Corn Dogs with honey mustard dipping sauce
Fried Green Beans with ranch dipping sauce
Assorted Cookies, Brownies, and Cupcakes (Vanilla and Chocolate)
I was privileged today to sit down for a wonderful meal with friends, prepared in part by three Progress House residents who are enrolled in Second Helpings Culinary Arts Training Program, 70th Line Cooking Class Demonstration. For years Second Helpings and Progress House have worked together in a truly symbiotic relationship by helping to eliminate hunger and empowering people to live productive lives free from addiction.
Second Helpings transforms lives through the power of food. They rescue prepared and perishable food by working with partners in the food service industry—distributors, caterers, restaurants, grocers, and others—to safely and efficiently collect surplus and perishable food that was headed for the landfill. Second Helpings then prepares it into nutritious meals and distribute those meals to more than 60 social services organizations that feed hungry people. They also use rescued food to train disadvantaged adults for careers in the culinary field, helping to eliminate hunger at its source.
The Second Helpings “campus” is located within walking distance from Progress House. For many years now, men living at Progress House who are unemployed will volunteer their time and energy working several hours each morning by helping to pick up or distribute food, or they perform other chores such as helping to sweep and mop the floors of their facility. In return, Second Helpings supplies Progress House with some of its food surpluses for use in our own kitchen.
Many Progress House residents are unemployed when they come to us for help with their recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. Once they gain a foothold in their recovery, they begin to realize that there is hope for them; that their lives have meaning, and they can accomplish just about anything that they really want–like anyone else–through dedication, hard work, and a little help along the way. Three current Progress House residents are finding hope, and realizing a dream after being accepted into Second Helpings Culinary Arts Training Program.
As a result of grants from the Indianapolis Community Crime Prevention Program, the Indianapolis Housing Trust Fund, and from private donations to Progress House, we can house, feed and and otherwise support these men as they attend classes at Second Helpings 5 days a week from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. All of the men will graduate later this month, with credits that are transferable to IVY Tech, and some who have demonstrated enough skill and desire to be offered employment with some of the Indianapolis area’s finest restaurants. For more information about Second Helpings, visit www.secondhelpings.org.–Paul Bryan
Progress House was recently awarded grants to support our operations from two Marion County based organizations.
The REALTOR Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board Of Realtors (MIBOR), ”exists to to serve the philanthropic needs of those interested in solving homelessness in central Indiana.” The REALTOR Foundation presented Progress House with a $5,000 check on January 9, 2013. The money from this grant will be used to provide critical supportive housing services at Progress House for homeless adult males seeking help with their recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. This funding is crucial for Progress House to continue to offer housing and addiction recovery services for a particularly vulnerable population.
Drug Free Marion County, Inc. which is a not for profit organization, plans, promotes, implements and coordinates community efforts to prevent and reduce the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among youth and adults. Progress House was notified in January, 2013 that we will receive funding for a pilot demonstration project known as “Next Step”. This grant will be used to partially cover housing costs and support a “Recovery Coach” to assist Progress House residents who successfully exit our program and are ready to transition back into the community as responsible, financially self-sufficient individuals.
Progress House is eternally grateful for the support that we have received from these two organizations!
“…Twelve years ago next month my son, Gabriel M. walked through the doors of Progress House and began a new life in recovery at the age of 22. Outwardly, Progress House then was nothing like its large and lovely present facility, but at its inner core it was the same: a special place where residents could be helped to turn their lives around. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for the friendship, guidance, and support that Gabriel received at Progress House…” Jill M. South Glastonbury, CT
Progress House, Inc. was recently notified of two grant awards designed to help us in 2013. Drug Free Marion County and the REALTOR Foundation announced awards of $15,000 and $5,000 respectively.
The Drug Free Community Fund award will be used to partially fund a Recovery Coach to work with participants in Progress House’s “Next Step Project” for up to 1 year following their exit from our program. This project is designed to help Progress House residents transition smoothly back into their communities after successfully living at Progress House for at least 6 months.
The REALTOR Foundation award will cover the cost of housing homeless men seeking recovery assistance for up to 4 weeks as they learn to live in sobriety and seek employment or employment training through Progress House and some of our partners.
On behalf of all of the staff, residents, and Board of Directors, Progress House is forever grateful for the support for these programs from Drug Free Marion County, and the REALTOR Foundation. We look forward to working with both organizations in 2013!