#CCHACares: Coburn Place

POST DATE: 8.15.22

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reports that on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. This equates to more than 10 million women and men a year.

CCHA is honored to select Coburn Place — who has been serving survivors of domestic violence and their children since 1996 — as our #CCHACares feature for August 2022.

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Coburn Place has been changing lives for the better for the last twenty six years. Their mission is to offer compassionate support and safe housing choices, illuminating a path forward and restoring hope. They believe and embody the notion that breaking the cycle of abuse creates stronger people, stronger families – and ultimately, stronger communities.

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In 2011, Coburn Place became the first residential domestic violence program in Indiana to implement a voluntary, trauma-informed model of service delivery. They recognize survivors as experts in their own lives and do not mandate programming. Their team also recognizes that each survivor is on their own journey to long-term safety, to emotional and social well-being, to self-sufficiency and to permanent housing. Coburn Place programs and services are designed to empower our clients on this journey and partner with them along the way.

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Coburn Place serves 120 families at any given time. Their historical building has 35 transitional apartments, and they also house families in the community. The on-site housing includes 15 studio, 15 two-bedroom, and five three-bedroom apartments. Survivors sign an initial nine-month lease. At six months, they – along with their advocate team – determine whether a lease extension would be the best path forward for them. Extensions are in three and six month increments, and survivors can stay up to two years if necessary. On-site apartments are fully furnished, and rent- and utility-free, while residents are encouraged to save money toward their permanent housing and self-sufficiency once they graduate from Coburn Place transitional housing.

Community-based housing is available to survivors and families who are dealing with less severe safety, self-sufficiency and permanent housing barriers. The program offers rental assistance for up to 12 to 18 months on a tiered level of support.

Survivors on-site and off can benefit from Coburn Place’s well-being services which include support groups and individual therapy; employment help; physical fitness sessions; yoga, cooking and art classes; economic empowerment classes and more.

We applaud you, Coburn Place. Your work is truly life-changing for those who need your services the most. We stand behind you in your efforts to provide a helping a hand to those who need it. We are so proud our own Jessica Schnelker is a Board Member of your organization.

For more information on Coburn Place or to find out how you can help survivors and their children, visit coburnplace.org.