Mother and children

Success Stories

2014.04.24 jpch sign 8830psThis is Craine House and it’s a very special place. The women who live there know that and feel very lucky.

Success Story – “Sandy”
Sandy was a single mom serving the last several months of her court-ordered sentence at Craine House. Her five older children were in either foster care or living with other family members. Through her tears, she told her story about how she ended up in prison and why she was so grateful to be given a second chance through Craine House.

“My boyfriend (the kid’s Dad) and I lived with the children in a house in northwestern Indiana near the Chicago area. He earned a ‘living’ by selling drugs. He was physically and verbally abusive, but with five kids, I didn’t know what else to do. So, I put up with it and we, at least had food on the table and a place to sleep.”

“Finally, the law caught up with him and he was put in prison. I had five kids and no job, no job skills and no family support… I didn’t know what to do. So, I sold drugs – I had all the contacts from my partner. It was a quick way to get food for the table and rent money for the house.”

“Then, I got caught and sent to prison for 5 years for dealing in drugs. My children were placed with other family members or in foster care. It was a horrible and lonely experience and because I was jailed in the Indianapolis area, my children only came once or twice a year to visit. My two oldest children finally decided not to visit at all – we became estranged and didn’t communicate at all.”

“During the last year of my sentence, I was approached about the opportunity to participate in Craine House – it sounded too good to be true, but I thought I would try it. It has been such a blessing. My children can visit me any time on the weekends, my older daughters are finally seeing me again and I will not EVER do drugs or deal drugs again! With the help of counselors at Craine House I was able to get two part-time jobs in food service. I’ve been doing a good job so they will give me references. I am scared of leaving Craine House and being on my own again, but I know I can do it.”

Again, with tears streaming down her face, she managed a proud and happy smile and said, “Thank you, Craine House!”


With partial support from the Indiana Pacer’s Foundation and working with the “Arts for Learning” project, Craine House moms and toddlers have created a song to celebrate their lives together at Craine House. The arts are one way our families can express their feelings and experiences so they can grow and learn to live a more positive life.

You may hear the actual recording of this song (by Bobbie Lancaster, Arts for Learning) by clicking the link below the lyrics.

Our Bond
Created by the mothers and children at Craine House
(with a little help from Bobbie Lancaster, Arts for Learning)

Love Never Ends….
Love Never Fails….
and I will always love You….

I love my mommy. She hugs and kisses me,
and plays soccer with me. She is my sunshine.
She lights my eyes. She keeps me warm.
She is my safe place when it storms.

Love Never Ends….
Love Never Fails….
and I will always love You….

I love my babies. They hug and kiss me.
They always miss me. They are my everything.
They give me strength. They are my comfort.
They never leave me when life gets tough

Love Never Ends….
Love Never Fails….
and I will always love You….

You gave me life – You’re changing mine
You’re teaching me – You help me be child.
Your tiny hearts are so full of forgiveness.
Our love’s forever. Priceless. Endless.

Love Never Ends….
Love Never Fails….
and I will always love You….

“I spent almost a year serving my sentence at Craine House. My children were able to stay with me. When I was released, it was a happy and a sad day because I felt secure and safe and I learned so much about being a good mother and taking responsibility for myself and my kids. But I also was ready to prove to myself that I could be a good member of the community and bring up my kids in a happy, healthy environment. Thanks to Craine House, I have a job that I like. I think a lot about how lucky I was to have the opportunity for a second chance for myself and for a better life for myself and my kids.”
- Craine House resident

“The counselors at Craine House helped me realize I wasn’t a bad person – I just made some bad choices and chose some bad friends to hang out with. I learned that I didn’t need drugs and alcohol to make me feel good. Now I feel proud that I have a job and my kids have a real mom to love them.”
- Craine House resident

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