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ABOUT SEEDS OF HOPE
In operation since 1999, Seeds of Hope is a nonprofit transitional home for women over the age of 18 recovering from chemical dependency. Located on the west side of Indianapolis, Ind., Seeds of Hope provides a monitored, structured environment in which women receive scheduled treatment and life skills training to promote self-sufficiency. According to a 2017 SAMHSA survey, 41 percent of rehabs in Indiana offer a program specifically tailored for adult women.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
According to Seeds of Hope's website, some residents enroll voluntarily while others do so as part of court-ordered rehabilitation. While residing in the transitional home, clients adhere to a schedule of weekly group sessions on relapse prevention, self-awareness, and ongoing life skills training.
Life skills training includes cooking, nutrition, healthy living, cleaning, money management, and job searches. In addition, residents are required to attend daily 12-step meetings (90 meetings in 90 days).
The typical length of stay at the house is six months. While living in the house, residents are subject to random drug screenings. Seeds of Hope is one of 129 rehab facilities in Indiana (42.3 percent of all facilities in the state) that does not offer any kind of medically assisted treatment.
While living in the home, residents are also required to work at least 32 hours per week. Seeds of Hope operates a thrift store, and residents are employed at the store for their first week. After the first week, women begin searching for full-time employment within the community.
Seeds of Hope is operated by a board of directors with varied professional backgrounds. Employee feedback to Rehabs.com suggested many staff members are also in recovery.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Seeds of Hope’s facility is a large home in a residential neighborhood with the capacity to house 17 women at a time, roughly half the average number of clients (32) that residential facilities in Indiana can accommodate.
Recently renovated, the transitional home features both private and double-occupancy bedrooms, a large dining room, an exercise room, a recreation room, and a furnished outdoor deck. A bus line runs two blocks from the facility. In addition, residents are responsible for housekeeping chores, such as general cleaning and meal preparations. Seeds of Hope plans regular outings and house activities.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Although Rehabs.com has yet to receive feedback from any former residents, secondary sources indicated that alumni appreciated the program. On the facility's Facebook page, which it has the ability to manage, all 18 reviewers to date left perfect five-star ratings. Alumni praised the family-oriented aspect of treatment in particular and credited the program with changing, if not saving, their lives.
Alum Nikki wrote in a representative review wrote: “Absolutely the best!!...Exactly what women need who want to recover." Reviews were similarly positive on Google, where three alumni gave high four and perfect five-star ratings.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one polled by Rehabs.com to date gave mostly negative feedback, giving just one out of five stars for several metrics surveyed, including accommodations, exercise and leisure provisions, cleanliness, quality of addiction treatment, and quality of mental health treatment. The reviewer wrote, "it was ran like they were prisoners."
The anonymous reviewer, a child of an alum, noted that they played an active role in their parent’s treatment and chose Seeds of Hope based on a personal referral to the facility. They added that they were able to stay in contact with the client while they were in the facility, but noted that the facility did not offer any family events or have treatment offerings that involved family members.
WHAT STAFF SAY
The lone staffer polled by Rehabs.com to date, B.J., provided highly negative feedback. B.J. gave the facility a one out of five-star rating in several categories, including quality of treating co-occurring mental health problems, honesty in marketing/public relations, willingness to put patient’s interests first, the experience of mental health staff, and overall quality of patient treatment and care. When asked about the facility’s strengths, B.J. wrote, “All staff are in recovery”. When asked about its weaknesses, B.J. wrote, “No education for staff to become more qualified in the field”.
Along with a $120 intake fee and drug screen charge, residents are responsible for paying $105 per week, which covers accommodations and meals.
Published on June 2019
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