Our veterans occupy a special place in the heart and minds of Americans. As people who have been willing to put their lives on the line in defense of our freedom and security, they deserve our utmost respect and admiration. More than that, they deserve to enjoy the fullest possible life back home.
But not every veteran has a smooth or easy path. The traumas of combat and life in war zones or far from home, coupled with the struggles that come from re-entering civilian life, can pose enormous obstacles. Many of our returning veterans struggle with homelessness, addiction, substance abuse or mental illness.
Where Heroes Find Hope.
Opened in the spring of 2019, Liberty Place offers these veterans a place to find help. Our transitional living program offers a safe and sober living environment in which they can recover and restart.
Liberty Place collaborates with the Veterans Court of Southern Indiana to help veterans enter back into society, independently but with access to and the support of mentors and program partners. Our secured residential facility includes sixteen private living spaces (including TV, bed and bedding, dresser, recliner, small refrigerator, closet and individual heating and air) with private bathrooms (furnished with shower, sink, toilet, towels, washcloths, soap and shampoo), plus a common area and recreation room, an exercise room, laundry area, outdoor space including a garden area and more. Meals and snacks are provided, and support staff are available 24/7.
A typical residency is 12 – 18 months. Liberty Place residents are asked to pay $800 per month while in the transitional program. Many are unemployed or ineligible for VA benefits upon arrival, with no support or available living options. Our staff provides resources and assists as needed to help each veteran find funding and other support needed for residency at Liberty Place. No veteran will ever be turned away for inability to pay.
The goal is for every resident to:
- Comply with the program requirements at Liberty Place
- Gain or regain the life skills needed to be restored as a valuable, productive member of the community
- Have access to support groups, counseling and treatment services to assist with safe and sober living
- Eventually transition into the community.
- Form DD 214
- Referral by Veterans Court of Southern Indiana
- Misdemeanor or felony offenses allowed (no serious violent or sexual offenses)
- Sign resident handbook and rental lease
- Alcohol and drug free
Because this program has been designed around the specific needs of our veterans, we have developed working relationships or gathered insights from the following:
- Compliance with all program requirements (as stated in the handbook)
- Abstinence from alcohol and other drugs, with random drug screenings
- Keep living area clean and neat
- Respect other veteran residents, support staff and community partners
- Be open, honest and accountable
Veterans Court of Southern Indiana
We work closely with the Veterans Court of Southern Indiana, a specialized court that monitors veterans in the court system who want treatment for alcohol or substance addiction or serious mental health issues. The Court’s mission is to successfully rehabilitate veterans involved in the court system using evidence-based treatment, so that they can lead productive, law-abiding civilian lives.
Participants in the Veterans Court of Southern Indiana must attend regular court appearances before the relevant judge. The program requires a total commitment to be clean, sober, healthy and law-abiding. The Veterans Court provides resources to participating veterans and their families to overcome stress, challenges and conflicts that may hinder the recovery process.
Veterans Court of Southern Indiana plays a vital role in the success of Liberty Place as it provides referrals for the program. All residents must adhere to the requirements of both Liberty Place and Veterans Court of Southern Indiana to remain a resident at Liberty Place.