Respite House I is located at 1408 Chicago Street, Valparaiso, Indiana. The structure was built in 1978 and is located on a lot consisting of .67 acres. The interior has been completely reconfigured in the summer and fall of 2009, to best meet our needs for a men’s halfway house. Given the nature of the surrounding properties, it is somewhat isolated, yet centrally located.


Respite House I is a one-level structure with adequate living space for 15 residents. The on-site director has a separate living quarters and office space. There is a common living room area, a common kitchen and dining area, large bathroom facilities, a public restroom area and meeting space for programming and Recovery Meetings.

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Respite House is staffed by an Executive Director, Director and Two Assistant Directors. The Director and Assistants reside at the House. The Executive Director is responsible to assist in the implementation of Policies and Procedures, as established by the Board of Directors. The Director and Assistants are responsible for the day to day operations of Respite House.


Many of the programs we have implemented are available through community resources, and are either free of charge or very cost effective. We are focusing on addressing the individual needs of each resident in order to provide them with the best opportunity for recovery.

Recovery Meetings

Residents will be required to actively pursue a recovery program during their residency. Meeting attendance, in addition to in-house programming, will be mandatory. Residents are required to attend a minimum of five meetings a week, obtain a sponsor, mentor or recovery coach and be actively working a recovery Program.

Problem Solving Courts

Respite House, including its Officers, Board of Directors and Staff, is committed to working in cooperation with the Porter County Problem Solving Court Programs to provide specific services to those individuals participating.

Respite House shall maintain flexibility in their programming and scheduling, as it pertains to Problem Solving Court participants, in order to enable them to comply with the requirements and goals of the Program, while at the same time remaining in compliance with the rules and regulations of Respite House. In summary, it is the intent of Respite House to do everything within our power to work in conjunction and cooperation with the Problem Solving Court  Programs in meeting the needs and requirements of those participants.

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