New Residential Handbooks

The New Residential Handbooks came out fantastic.The Residential Handbook provides the policies, rules, and regulations required for living safely and productively in the Fresh Start Housing residential community. The guidelines are designed to ensure a pleasant, safe, and equitable residential living experience. #fsh #transitionalhousing #housing #community #experience

Mental Health and Addiction Symposium & Heros for Recovery Luncheon

Attending the Mental Health and Addiction Symposium & Heros for Recovery Luncheon was an extraordinary experience for advancing knowledge, networking, and gaining greater insight into the struggles of the disenfranchised. My attendance concentration aligned with “How our brain handles challenges, and how that leaves us vulnerable to addiction and anxiety.” presented by Dr. Fredrick (Woody) Hopf of Indiana University School […]

5-month Resident Survey

The 5-month Resident Survey is an opportunity for seasoned residents to share insight into their experiences. This resident was inspired to add response #6. 4. Trust the program. It works. You save money. You gain confidence. Don’t skip out just because you got some money in the bank. 5. Deal with a little bit of hardships like housemates. It builds […]

Why Money Management?

One of the courses taught at Fresh Start Housing is Money Management. Why Money Management? Often overlooked in resolving homelessness associated with recovery is the topic of money. When a person has been working towards sobriety through a rehabilitation service, they are often penniless and initially heavily supervised to ensure sobriety. Once the person is released and attains employment, the […]

Missing work?

Missing work during the cold and flu season affects impoverished people with increased stressors, anxiety, and depression. Missed days mean missed pay and the additional cost of emergency care. Missed work often includes caring for a minor child when school is on break. In other words no time for rest and healing. The missed day from work often becomes a […]

Meet Gimpy!

He is a stray cat that kept hanging around the office. Apparently, he, too, needs a Fresh Start and is being fed and housed. I feel he will be around long-term and not a mere 15 months learning to get back on his feet. #fsh #learning #straycat #kitty #stray #mascot

A family in Transition

How does a single parent rebuild normalcy with a rambunctious 5-year-old? The proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child,” best explains the need for wraparound services and a community willing to help in times of struggle. Building Success from Struggle™ requires waking half an hour earlier to ensure a warm and fresh breakfast is made and eaten before […]