Project Home Indy

strong mothers, strong children – for generations

Project Home Indy

strong mothers, strong children – for generations


About Project Home Indy


Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, Project Home Indy serves up to five teen mothers and their children on the path to self-sufficiency. Our program aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing support to young mothers, and by helping them develop the skills to live independently. 

Our Mission and Vision

Mission: Project Home Indy provides holistic, trauma-informed services to teen mothers to create successful futures for themselves and for their children.

Vision: Strong mothers, strong children–for generations.

Our History

In 2004, four Indianapolis volunteers began exploring a sustainable model for a holistic residential program that would serve the at-risk population of homeless teen mothers and their children.The founders met twice a month for several years, conducted an extensive needs assessment, drafted a strategic plan, developed a board model, and interviewed numerous providers and other non-profits. Project Home Indy was born. 

In 2008, PHI entered into a partnership with Trinity Episcopal Church. Together we were able to secure an ideal property to house the residential program. Our next steps involved renovating the home, developing our education and health programs, establishing house policies and procedures, raising funds for a capitol campaign, growing our leadership team from four members to 13, and fostering community partnerships and relationships with community grantors.

In fall of 2011, we were ready to turn on the lights at Project Home Indy’s residential program. 

Today, PHI continues to build strategic partnerships that will help us serve young families.

Our Goals

The goals of the PHI program are to:

  • Improve mother and child outcomes. 
    • Increase the mother’s active involvement in her child’s development;
    • Increase positive bonding;
    • Decrease parenting stress; and
    • Decrease child abuse and neglect factors.
  • Improve the mother’s long-term social and emotional well-being.
    • Improve mental, physical and emotional health;
    • Increase school engagement;
    • Increase safe relationships;
    • Increase job satisfaction;
    • Increase access to resources; and
    • Create permanency plans which include safe living arrangements.
  • Increase stable and healthy support systems
    • Build stable and healthy connections with family members, friends, or adults; and
    • Decrease unstable or unhealthy relationships
  • Improve independent living skills for self-sufficiency
    • Make progress toward educational goals;
    • Secure and maintain employment;
    • Manage money and meet financial obligations;
    • Perform activities of daily living;
    • Secure and maintain safe childcare;
    • Participate in the community; and
    • Implement planned personal development strategies.
  • Increase protective factors related to trauma
    • Increase resiliency and positive world view;
    • Increase positive coping strategies and implementation;
    • Identify values of self-efficacy, self-confidence, and self-esteem