ABOUT SEEDS OF HOPE
In operation since 1999, Seeds of Hope is a 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.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
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) and perform associated step work.
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.
In addition, residents are responsible for housekeeping chores, such as general cleaning and meal preparations. Seeds of Hope plans regular outings and house activities, and residents are expected to attend all in-house meetings. 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 operated by a board of directors with varied professional backgrounds. Employee feedback to Best-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. 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.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Although Best-rehabs.com has yet to receive feedback from former residents, secondary sources indicated that alumni appreciated the program. On the program’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. One representative alum posted: “The roots that were planted there helped me to grow into a better woman and a better mother today.”
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
The sole loved one polled by Best-rehabs.com at the time of this writing had somewhat 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 anonymous survey respondent was the child of a resident who attended the facility for fewer than 14 days and was treated for dual diagnosis. The respondent did play an active role in the parent’s treatment and chose Seeds of Hope based on a personal referral to the facility. They said they were able to stay in contact with the client while he or she was in the facility but, according to the respondent, the facility did not offer any family events or have treatment offerings that involved family members.
WHAT STAFF SAY
Best-rehabs.com polled a staffer of Seeds of Hope at the time of this writing. The staff member, B.J., is former employee of the facility.
The facility does not administer medication for the treatment of drug use or alcohol disorders. 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, credential/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.