In Indiana alone, over 2,000 female offenders are in the prison system on any given day. More than 400 are staying in the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis.
Research shows that over 80 percent of inmates are mothers, and the number of children impacted by a parent’s incarceration is skyrocketing.
Due to the great need for a facility like Craine House, we are often faced with a wait-list, and turning away applicants due to space issues.
Serving all Indiana residents Craine House works extensively with the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) and we accept qualified moms and children from counties all over the state. Craine House opens its doors to all Indiana residents – all of Indiana benefits from our programs and outreach.
Ban the Box: Employment Applications and the "Conviction Box"
Our recovering economy added a robust 288,000 jobs in April. For many this is a good sign, but for those with a criminal background, no matter whether they have redeemed themselves, a “no” from a prospective employer is an almost certainty when asked, “do you have any kind of criminal record?”
What can a person do once they have served their sentence, fulfilled their obligation to society for their mistake and want to re-enter their community honestly and work once more? Click here to learn about how our cities and states are “moving to ban the conviction box.”
On the 3rd Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. to learn more about volunteering with Craine House. Register for the next meeting at 317.925.2833
A Letter from the Board President
Over the past several years, I have had the pleasure of watching Craine House evolve into an organization of which many can be proud. During this time, we moved to a larger facility that allows us to serve four times as many women and their children, continually add programs, and expand our staff and service providers. Through hard work and dedication from the Executive Director, staff, and Board of Directors, the bar has been raised. Craine House has faced our share of challenges, but because of this dedication we experienced many successes.
Craine House has witnessed many women successfully complete the program through the years. These women left with gainful employment, stable housing, addictive behaviors under control, and most importantly, the ability to parent their children in a healthy manner. A major component to effectively completing the program is our on-site learning opportunities for the women and children. While we offer many valuable programs for the women and children, our child development and culinary vocation programs are two that stand out. These are skills that will stay with these women for a lifetime.
With success also comes challenges. Just like many other non-profit organizations, we rely on different funding sources to maintain and grow our organization. While we demonstrated a level of success at raising money for the organization, the cost of maintaining a high level of standards for the women, children, and a large facility continues to rise. With the dedication of the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and staff, we are confident that our efforts will continue to raise awareness for Craine House and its valuable services in our community. We are dedicated to raising our donor engagement and grant awards to its highest level.
As we move forward, I am proud of what Craine House has accomplished during the past year. We are a strong and vibrant organization, and we will continue our efforts to provide a culture of self-sufficiency and self-confidence that will allow our residents to leave with the tools needed to create brighter futures for themselves and their children.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Craine House, thank you!
Michael Burley, President
Chair, Finance/Audit Committee
Vice President, Meridian Investment Advisors
Josh Moudy, Vice President
Chair, Governance Committee
Attorney, Kammen & Moudy
Matt Gray, Treasuer
Senior Associate, CBRE
Michael Cook, Secretary
Senior Vice President, CBRE - Occupier Services
Lisa Gaus, At Large Officer
Director of Human Resources, The Indianapolis Zoo
Bill Schlies, At Large Officer
Chair, Facilities Committee
Vice President, Jani-King of Indianapolis
CEO, Oncology Reimbursement Management
Chair, Communications Committee
Attorney, Faegre Baker Daniels
Bishop Catherine Waynick
Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis