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Alternative House



Program Established:



Trevaughn Davis-Neal

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 age 18 (emergency shelter).  Eligibility differs for open residential shelter, 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. Boys and girls, ages 10 up to age 18, 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.

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

Program Coordinator Spotlight-

Trevaughn Davis-Neal leads a staff of residential care workers and counselors. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

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
PS2 games
Xbox games
Wii games
Hair curlers
Clothes girls/boys
Gift cards
Comforter and sheet sets
Chicago Bulls hat
Flat irons
Drum set
Watches (boys and girls)
Teams sports apparel
Soccer balls
Volley ball and Net
Nail polish set
Gym shoes boys and girls
Boy’s boxer shorts S M L
White T-Shirts S M L XL
Coats M/F
Board games
Card games
DVD movies, rated pg-13 and under


Call the shelter coordinator, Trevaughn Davis-Neal at 938-7070 ext. 2755, 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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