In 2018, Transitions, a program of the Women's Bureau, and Hope House, a program of YWCA, came together to form Hope & Harriet. 

Historically, these programs have helped women rebuild their identities and reunify with their families and children since 1976. Continuing this powerful legacy, Hope & Harriet upholds a high level of recovery support for women in the pursuit of self-sufficiency and whole person empowerment.  

About Hope & Harriet:

Hope & Harriet is an intensive residential treatment program in a sub-acute medical facility for women 18 years and older that specializes in the pursuit of recovery from chemical dependency. 

Certified by the Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addiction, the Indiana Association of Recovery Residences (Level IV) and the Commission for Accreditation of Residential Facilities (CARF), Hope & Harriet provides a high-level of support and structured wrap-around services for its residents. Using an individualized approach, each resident is provided a team of addiction professionals to partner with during her journey to recovery. 

Hope & Harriet accepts residents from all Indiana counties, is a contracted service provider with the Indiana Department of Child Services and is an approved Recovery Works provider. We accept those receiving Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT).

Click here to download our brochure with more information on Hope & Harriet.

Client Criteria:

In order to enter the Hope & Harriet program, you must fulfill the following application requirements:

  • Female, 18 years of age or older with an identifiable drug / alcohol dependency
  • Willing to explore learning how to live in recovery

We offer priority bed placement to clients who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Pregnant 
  • IV drug users
  • Homeless living status
  • Have rights to their dependent children

For those with a DCS referral, family recovery options are available.

Services Provided:

Through a holistic approach that addresses mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness, the following services are available:

  • Art therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Contingency Management
  • Daily meditation and mindfulness
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Music therapy
  • Nutrition coaching and cooking skills
  • One-on-one case management
  • Parental coaching
  • Personalized counseling services with a Licensed Mental Health Counselor
  • Seeking Safety
  • Skills group
  • Twelve Step Facilitation Therapy
  • Yoga and exercise
Program Details:

Our clients work through a tiered recovery program with the end goal of achieving self-sufficiency and reunifying with their children, family and friends. Upon arrival, clients are assigned a Case Manager & Counselor who work with them to create an action plan and set goals. As clients complete curriculum and meet plan criteria, they advance through program levels until they achieve successful graduation.

What to Expect:

Phase 1:  Building a foundation for recovery

Phase 1 is an intensive skills-building phase to help women begin the recovery process.  In Phase 1, women in our program begin to live in recovery, working through symptomology and learning new skills to cope with negative feelings that often result from past trauma. Women will participate in Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), an evidence-based type of cognitive behavioral therapy which tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes. DBT may be used to treat suicidal and other self-destructive behaviors, such as drug and/or alcohol use.

YWCA Northeast Indiana therapists assist the women in our addictions program with emotional regulation, past trauma, and prepare them to handle triggers throughout their lives. Women will also learn parenting skills through evidenced-based programming like 1-2-3 Magic

Phase 2: Healing from the hurts and hang-ups

Cognitive behavioral therapy continues into Phase 2 as the women in our program explore family dynamics, new ways of thinking, and reframing perspectives and narrative. Women transition from victim to victor as they start feeling more empowered to overcome addiction.  

YWCA Northeast Indiana therapists provide the tools to patch the holes, and every woman receives an individualized recovery plan depending on what has happened in her life. We help her to develop new supports and to overcome feelings of shame and guilt that can keep a person feeling stuck, especially because relapse usually begins with feelings of shame and guilt.  

Phase 3: Self-sufficiency for sustained recovery

In Phase 3, YWCA Northeast Indiana staff assist the women in our addictions recovery program with developing self-sufficiency. Women now have the skill sets and emotional regulation to begin adding in other responsibilities in a controlled and supportive environment, such as employment, transportation, insurance, etc. Women in this phase often report having a greater sense of self-efficacy and an increased sense of confidence in their ability to exert control over their own motivation, behavior, and social environment.  

Since addiction is a brain disease and not a matter of willpower, we help to activate a different sequence in women’s brains during this phase. Individualized care plans present a new way to live that help the women in our program recognize triggers so they can protect their minds. Women are taught to look at their disease differently.

The length of time a woman will spend in our program varies and depends on many factors. But, at the very least, if they left after 90 days of service, they will have learned some skills, planted some seeds, and have learned better coping techniques.



For more information on Hope & Harriet, please contact Ariel Appel, Intake & Outreach Coordinator, at aappel@ywcaerew.org, or 260-424-4908 ext. 109. or fill out Admission Application: View and Download

Completed applications can be mailed to 5920 Decatur Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46816 or scanned and emailed to aappel@ywcaerew.org.


This program is partially supported by grants from The Lutheran Foundation and the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation.

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