Frequently Asked Questions

What are the goals of Craine House?
The goals of Craine House are to break the cycles of abuse, poverty and crime — and to reduce the odds that children of offenders, or those who live in homes with domestic violence, will become perpetrators or victims of domestic violence. Studies show that these children are more likely to commit violent crimes. Children of mothers in prison are five times more likely than their peers to end up in prison.  Craine House aims to:

  • Provide a secure and structured environment in which women serve their sentences for non-violent felonies.
  • Provide a unique and positive environment in which preschool children live with their mothers, increasing the strength of the mother-child bond while mothers develop enhanced parenting skills and children develop learning and social skills.
  • Offer educational opportunities, such as on-site HSE (formerly GED) classes and encourage job readiness skills.
  • Address and provide help for substance abuse and anger management issues.
  • Provide emotional and counseling support, including life skills and awareness of available community services and/or resources.
  • Provide on-going support and services for both mothers and children after leaving Craine House.

What’s ahead for Craine House?
In September 2015, Craine House will celebrate our second year at our new home on Michigan Road.  With the help of community partners, our organization continues to expand residential and culinary programming for those residing at Craine House.   New residential programming includes Ala-non and AA meetings as well as our new Inside Out class offered in conjunction with IUPUI’s Women, Poverty, and Other Social Issues class.  In June, Craine House will offer our first ServSafe Certification course as a part of our Culinary Vocational Program.  Moving forward, Craine House looks to explore new child development programming and resources for the children we serve.

Additionally, we also look forward to more community support and more volunteers. There are many ways in which your skills, interest, time, and financial support can help us. Please visit our Donate page for more information and a volunteer application. 

How can I help?
Craine House is always in need of personal item donations, financial support and volunteers.  Please visit our donation and volunteer pages for more information on how you can help Craine House.

What does Craine House need?
Please visit our wish list for more information.


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