About Us

Our History



Over Vision is that one day
  • Every individual experiencing a problem from substance use and seeking recovery in Porter County, Indiana, shall have a safe, structured and affordable residential facility where they may be free of all mind and mood altering substances and find the opportunity for a new way of life.
  • Respite House will facilitate and focus a community effort, in the spirit of unity and cooperation, to assist those members of our community who are seeking recovery.
  • Respite House shall have the recognition and respect of the Community as a viable program of recovery.
Our Mission is to
  • Facilitate resources which provide for the educational, charitable and social welfare activities connected with the rehabilitation of men suffering from substance use and related disorders.
  • The core of this organization will be a 24 hour staffed, Self-Help based, residential recovery program.
  • The organization will introduce and/or enhance a Self-Help recovery program to men who wish to recover from substance use.
  • The organization will develop a plan for each individual resident to treat all aspects of the disease – physical, emotional and spiritual.
  • The organization will work in cooperation with other community organizations and marshal the resources of our community to best assist each resident with their recovery process.
  • The organization will encourage and assist each individual resident to become a productive and responsible member of the community, providing the opportunity for development of the life skills necessary to sustain their recovery process.


Born: February 1, 1953

Died: March 10, 2008

“Hal” Kelley was a member of the local recovery community for over 20 years. He was an active member, sponsoring many men in recovery, actively involved in the service structure of Narcotics Anonymous, and in 1994 he was instrumental in the formation of the South Shore Area of Narcotics Anonymous, which comprises the geographical area within which Porter County lies. Through the Recovery Process, Hal became a responsible and productive member of society, both generally speaking and within the recovery community.


Hal cared for his elderly mother Betty until her death, helped to raise two responsible children, and is dearly missed since his untimely death from liver cancer. I will always count him as my dearest friend, as should all of us who benefitted from his wisdom and efforts.


Hal welcomed many men into his home, helping individuals seeking recovery to get onto their feet and stabilized in the recovery process. Hal was always willing to take a chance, to help an individual down on his luck, guiding that person into recovery and providing the necessary respite from the storms of life which our addiction fosters. Hal provided the means for many to initiate our recovery and get back onto the road of life.


Hal remains well known in the recovery community today. However, lives pass and memories fade. It is our intention to provide a lasting testament to his contribution to Recovery within this geographical area, his caring for the kindred spirits seeking recovery. It is only appropriate that this House, Respite House, carry his name, as a tribute to his memory.






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