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Lilly Endowment Inc. gives $340K to Dove Recovery House for Women

Friday, January 13, 2023

Lilly Endowment Inc. has made a $340,000 grant to Dove Recovery House for Women to support capacity-building efforts during the next three years.

The grant is one of 28 grants totaling $41 million that are designed to help human services organizations and community centers in central Indiana enhance their ability to meet the needs of the individuals and families they serve.

Dove House will utilize the $340,000 grant funding to provide more equitable pay, improve organizational operations, enhance the infrastructure quality, establish a more robust human resources tool and provide more professional education and training opportunities for the agency’s employees. A portion of the grant will also support annual operating costs to provide client supplies including toiletries, food, cleaning products and personal care products.

“We are beyond grateful to be a recipient of this capacity-building grant from Lilly Endowment,” said Dove House CEO Wendy Noe. “Our employees are in the life-saving business and should be compensated for the important work they do to serve our clients. The newly established benefits and employee pay structure we will be able to offer, thanks to this grant, will allow Dove House to attract and retain the best talent so we can provide the highest quality of care that our clients deserve.”

Dove House is the largest residential treatment and recovery program in Marion and Dubois counties for women struggling with substance use disorder. In 2022, Dove House served 113 clients who stayed an average of 229 days. In addition to battling substance abuse and addiction, many women who seek help from Dove House are also escaping homelessness, coping with mental health diagnoses, re-entering society after incarceration and re-establishing parenting responsibility. All Dove House residents are below the 200% poverty level.

“Indianapolis has a robust network of organizations dedicated to helping people overcome challenges and begin to build satisfying and self-sufficient lives,” said Ronni Kloth, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for community development. “These agencies help Indianapolis be a more compassionate and caring city, and we hope these grants help strengthen their ability to meet the demand for their critical services.”

Dove House is certified as a level IV Recovery Residence through Indiana Alliance for Recovery Residences and currently has a staff of 35 employees ranging from resident advocates, peer recovery coaches, licensed therapists and administrative staff. 

About Dove Recovery House: Dove Recovery House for Women is committed to empowering women to become substance-free, self-sufficient, and healthy, by providing free and safe housing, quality programming, and—above all—hope for the future. Dove House is the largest recovery residence for women in Marion and Dubois counties and is certified as a level IV Recovery Residence through Indiana Alliance for Recovery Residences. Since 2000, hundreds of women have made Dove House their home as they seek recovery from substance abuse and addiction. 

About Lilly Endowment Inc.: Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J. K. Lilly and his sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with its founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education, and religion, and it maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

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