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 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, Hope & Harriet provides a high-level of support and structured wrap-around services for clients. Using an individualized approach, each client is provided a team of professionals to partner during her journey to recovery. 

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
  • Must agree to abide by all rules and regulations of Hope & Harriet, including special limitations of the probation period following admission

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
Services Provided:

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

  • One-on-one case management 
  • Skills groups
  • Parental coaching
  • Personalized counseling services
  • Daily meditation & mindfulness
  • Yoga & Exercise
  • Nutritional coaching
  • Music therapy
Program Details:

Our clients stay with us for an average of 6-9 months, working through a tiered program with the end goal of reunifying with children, family and friends, and achieving self-sufficiency.


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For more information on Hope & Harriet, please contact Carrie Irick at cirick@ywcaerew.org, or 260-424-4908 ext. 123. 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 cirick@ywcaerew.org.