About Redemption House
Redemption House is a transition home for women who want to redeem their lives from past destructive behavior. How do they accomplish that? By developing a faith-based lifestyle, and by gaining the skills needed to live successfully on their own.
Those skills can include such things as:
- Financial skills—managing money, become self-sufficient and economically stable.
- Job training.
- Dealing with addictions.
- Developing accountability systems.
- Family and parenting skills.
- Job preparation—resume building, interviewing techniques.
- Formal education.
Redemption House currently has beds for 13 women. All of the women are assigned by the courts. The court-imposed conditions vary in strictness from person to person. The women have ranged in age from 20 to 50, and they stay for an average of six months. The court system would like to send us more women, but we only have room for 13.
Most women come through the Allen County Correctional system, but we also receive women from outlying areas. We’ve even received requests from Ohio. Some of the women have been incarcerated for a while; others come to us straight from sentencing. Redemption House screens all of the women and chooses whether or not to take them.
The home is staffed 24 hours a day by trained supervisors, some of whom are “graduates” of Redemption House. They currently include 8 part-time paid staff, five volunteers, and four interns from local colleges.
“I feel very blessed that God chose me to be in this program. ‘Program’ sounds too formal, though, as I see this place as my home, surrounded by people who love and care about me.”