Groundbreaking for New $11 Million Affordable Housing Center Designed for Families in Recovery

Marvetta & Anthony Grimes Apartments & Family Center on westside of Indianapolis groundbreaking scheduled Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 2 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 1, 2024)

Volunteers of America Ohio and Indiana and Seeds of Hope, along with the new Marvetta & Anthony Grimes Apartments & Family Center project partners, will host a groundbreaking event on Thursday, May 16 at 2 p.m. The new affordable housing center is designed for families recovering and healing from substance use disorder. Project partners include VOA Ohio & Indiana, Seeds of Hope, 2 Thirty-Eight Properties and RealAmerica Companies.

The project is located on the west side of Indianapolis at I-465 and West Washington Street, 1425 S. Mickley Ave. When completed, it will create 34 two- and three-bedroom units in two buildings, on-site daycare, and a free medical clinic. “This new project is another profound example of how existing and new strategic partnerships deeply impact the people we serve and the communities where we live to create long-lasting change well into the future,” says John R. von Arx III, president and CEO of VOA Ohio & Indiana.

Thursday, May 16, 2024, at 2 p.m.

1425 S. Mickley Ave., Indianapolis

The $11 million Marvetta & Anthony Grimes Apartments & Family Center is a joint venture between VOA Ohio & Indiana and Seeds of Hope. The project concept is the vision of Fredrick “Fred” Yeakey and his newly formed housing development company 2 Thirty-Eight Properties LLC. In 2023, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s (IHCDA) selected his project concept as one of two emerging, first-time developments to receive low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC).

RealAmerica, an Indianapolis LIHTC developer, is a project consultant. Investment and financing partners include First Merchants Bank, Merchants Capital, and National Bank of Indianapolis. St. Mary’s Early Childhood Center will provide daycare services and Seeds of Change Free Clinic Inc. will provide medical services. The collaborative partners have a strong DE/I commitment that aligns with and fully supports the IHCDA emerging minority developer initiative.

Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s largest, established comprehensive human services organizations with 16,000 mission-driven professionals, dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Founded in 1896, the faith-based nonprofit has programs in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and serves more than 1.5 million people a year.   

At Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana, we are dedicated to helping people achieve well-being by offering hope, restoring dignity, and transforming lives, to ensure communities thrive. For over 125 years, we have been uplifting individuals, families, and communities including veterans, homeless individuals and families, men and women returning home after incarceration, and those recovering and healing from addiction. Our work touches the mind, body, heart – and ultimately the spirit – of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.

Seeds of Hope, founded in 1999 by Father Glenn O’Connor, is a transitional housing facility for women who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction. Our structured program typically lasting 6 to 9 months provides a strong foundation through a loving environment and empowers the women to lead drug-free sober, independent lives, as responsible members of society. Upon graduation from the program, women are encouraged to move to the Fr. Glenn O’Connor three quarter home for an additional 12 to 24 months, continuing to receive support from Seeds of Hope while establishing a firmer financial footing. The two homes on the Seeds of Hope sober living campus accommodate 38 women.  Since inception, over 850 women have turned to Seeds of Hope for help.

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