Donations sought after Indianapolis halfway house catches fire

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A near east side home devoted to caring for some of the city’s most vulnerable is in need of help from the community.

On Saturday, the Dove Recovery House on the near east side caught fire. It’s believed to be accidental, caused by the furnace in the basement. No one was hurt, but the fire damaged areas where the women eat, attend meetings and even celebrate birthdays.

“It’s very important that we get the house back up and they’re able to be back at home and be comfortable,” Executive Director Maggie Lewis said.

The Dove Recovery House is one of only several halfway houses in Indianapolis. The house allows women a place to get the help they need to beat addictions to drugs and alcohol. Women must spend a minimum of three months living at the house.

Since the fire, 17 women have been displaced and are now living in a hotel. They’re in need of help, specifically donations of non-perishable food, unused toiletries and large plastic bags.

The Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office has started a donation drive at its headquarters at 40 S. Alabama St. Donations will be collected all week, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the lobby.

“In the long run, (Dove Recovery House) helps us because I don’t have as many females in my jail…. They’re taking care of business and maybe getting these women on the right track,” Marion Co. Sheriff John Layton said.

The Dove House was assessed by its insurance company Monday. Lewis is hoping to get repairs done and get the women back into their safe environment as quickly as possible.

“We don’t have a timeline, (but) we’re hoping that we can move fast,” Lewis said.

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