Redemption House seeking second location approval

December 5, 2018

Redemption House, a residential program for women recovering from addiction, may double its capacity if a second Fort Wayne location is approved next week.

The nonprofit organization that works with the Allen County court system to provide an alternative to incarceration is seeking a special use from the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals for a three-story Victorian-style transitional living home at 426 E. Wayne St. Redemption House’s current location is at 2720 Fairfield Ave.

Documents with an application filed with the Department of Planning Services say the new location would house 16 residents, the same number as the current residence.

No new construction or exterior changes to the house and a three-car garage/storage building are contemplated for the new site, which is zoned downtown core. Downtown core zoning allows for various mixed residential and commercial uses.

The new use “will put the existing historic home to productive use, while ensuring that it is properly maintained and preserved,” application documents state.

Tomi Cardin, Redemption House’s executive director, said local courts are “very happy” with the record of the program and need more beds, in part to cope with the fallout of the opioid epidemic.

For the first time, the 12-year-old program this year will have 70 percent of its residents graduate, Cardin said.

Women in the program are screened, not only by the courts but also by Redemption House staff, she said. All are nonviolent offenders who have addiction as a component of their crimes, which can include charges not related to drugs, Cardin said. 

Women are sentenced to six months of living at the house and may opt for an additional six months. While in the program, participants can receive training in financial, parenting, job training and readiness skills as well as as  skills, job training and readiness skills as well as addiction-related help.


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