"The Challenge to Change" (video)
Did you Know?
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.
The "Conviction Box"
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.”
Interested in Volunteering?
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
Our volunteers are integral members of the Craine House Team. There are many ways in which your skills, time, interest and financial support can help us. Our volunteers provide assistance to staff members and residents in assigned roles. A Craine House volunteer is a person of integrity who understands the Craine House Mission, respects the lives of others regardless of their circumstances and believes in service to others.
We have two types of assigned roles:
Opportunities that are done on an as needed basis. Examples include: yard work, painting, wrapping of holiday gifts, etc.
Regularly scheduled time on a consistent basis to Craine House. Examples include: volunteering once a week for a two to three hour time frame to assist residents in their education - by tutoring in math, reading, editing papers, etc., or providing childcare while the mother attends a class being provided by Craine House staff, leading a book club or spending a couple of hours teaching residents to knit.
Interested in Volunteering?
If interested in special projects, email Ms. Kim Trippi or call 317.925.2833. As these opportunities develop we will send out an email detailing the date, time and work to be accomplished. We do ask that you please contact us and let us know you are planning to help on the project presented. Additional contact information will be included in the volunteer opportunity email.
For those interested in an on-going opportunity, you will need to complete the volunteer application, obtain two (2) references and get a criminal history background check completed (paid for by volunteer). After the completion of this process you will attend an orientation with a staff member learning more about Craine House.
Current Volunteering Opportunities
HSE tutors (formerly GED)
On the 3rd Sunday of each month at 6pm to learn more about volunteering with Craine House.
Register for the next meeting at
For more information about volunteering, please contact us.