Dove House accepts donations after fire that damaged facility, displaced residents
Donations of food, money accepted at MCSO
Last Updated: 134 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - A facility that serves women facing substance and alcohol abuse problems has suffered a devastating setback.
The facility, known as the Dove House , had a fire Saturday night that closed the center and displaced the residents.
The fire heavily damaged the kitchen, dining room and a meeting room in the basement, and there's smoke and water damage throughout.
For the first time since it opened more than 12 years ago, the Dove House has closed.
"This incident is very devastating to the women that we serve," said Executive Director Maggie Lewis. "This is their house. A lot of the women are not connected to their families anymore. So, they have a strong bond with the staff and the other women in the Dove House. So, this is very devastating to them."
The fire broke out Saturday night just after 8:00, drawing an immediate and full response from the Indianapolis Fire Department.
Seventeen women who call Dove House home safely evacuated along with counselors and staff.
Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control, but not before the facility sustained nearly $20,000 in damage.
The fire knocked out the facility's heat and much of the electricity throughout.
Even more devastating, it has displaced residents out of their home, their comfort zone.
"I've been asking the community to pray for the ladies. They are in a very fragile position when they come to us. They are very fragile. And to lose their home, I'm very concerned about their overall safety, their overall mental health," Lewis said.
The Dove House is currently accepting donations of food and money.
Donations can be dropped off at the Marion County Sheriff's Office from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday.
The women, who are getting assistance with the help of the Red Cross and the Indianapolis Fire Department, hope to move back home within the next two weeks.
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