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Alternative House



Program Established:


 Interim Director:

Brenda Comer, LCSW

Above - A view of the east wing of the Alternative House.  Click on the photo to view the entire gallery

Program Eligibility: Males, Females ages 10 up to their 18th birthday
Call us 24-hours a day for more information (219) 938-7070.

Program Description: Alternative House is a place where children and youth can receive temporary shelter and safely work through family problems that have separated them. Males, Females ages 10 up to their 18th birthday who may have endured abuse or neglect, or may have been homeless, a runaway, or have been pushed out of their home. Whatever the cause, they are in crisis. They may be scared and lonely, have serious problems and limited resources to deal with them.  While at the emergency shelter, youth receive individual, group and family counseling; transportation to and from their home school every day of the school year; and recreation. Efforts are made to resolve the situation that brought them to Alternative House.

“Promises” is the open residential, long term care program at Alternative House that offers youth a caring, structured therapeutic environment, transportation to and from school, skills training, case management and support to prepare them for their next steps in life. Youth referred by the Department of Child Services may be between the ages of 10 to 20, males and females. Young people may be referred from throughout Indiana.

Above - Residents volunteer at local flood relief headquarters

Follow-up calls have been made since 1992 to determine the outcomes for kids after they leave. In 2005, 99% were reported as doing well or moderately well 51% were back home 97% were in school 48% were in counseling. Outcome measures done from 1998-2004 by an outside consultant indicated that Alternative House achieved the highest satisfaction and concluded that "The Crisis Center (Alternative House) provides a safe and therapeutic place for children to be placed temporarily."

Click here to read a service example (pdf).

Alternative House provides time and space to think, find alternatives and make choices. Supportive staff, professional counseling, and problem-solving help can make the difference in a young life. Our goal is to set youth on a path to a happier future.  After all, you only get to be a child...once.


Above - A residential staff member supervises an arts & crafts lesson with residents

Employment Opportunities: Yes, click here to view.

Volunteers Needed: Contact the coordinator for specific volunteer requests.

                             (click here for volunteer opportunities from our other programs)

Donations Needed: Yes, see our wish list on the right column.

Photo Gallery: Click here to view.

For More Information or a Site Visit: E-mail

Contact Info. for Alternative House: Call 219-938-7070, option 1 - (24 hrs).

Fax: 219-938-7503  Referrals (only) email address:

Program Coordinator Spotlight-


Giving to "A-House"

Your Donations of items our children need while at the Alternative House help us make this vulnerable time for kids a bit easier. 

or make a 100%, tax-deductible contribution online...

Our current wish-list:

Remote Control cars
Coloring Books (Ages 14-18)
Nerf Basketball and hoop
Puzzles-cartoon & animal subjects (Ages 14-18)
Alarm Clock Radio
Sweat shirts
Sweat Pants
Heavy Jackets

Connect 4
Catch Phrase
Uno Stacko
Neutrogena Face lotion
Face wash
Neutrogena Face wash
Shower gel (for sensitive skin)
Clean & Clear
Nivea Lotion
Nivea face wash
L’Oreal face wash
L’Oreal hydra energetic gel cleanser
Flip-flop shower slippers
Photo frames (no glass)
Photo Albums – Large and Pocket size
Personal Organizer
Plush / Stuffed Animals
Fleece or Sherpa Throws
Duffle Bags

Call the shelter staff at 938-7070 Option 1 or 0 -or- email

to donate an item(s) from this list.

On behalf of our employees and all the children at our shelter, Thank You!

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