The House of Hope has been open for weeks.
In a few more, it will be opened to the public.
The House of Hope board of directors will host an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the 316 Hazel St., Warren, house.
"We want people to see the nature of the facility and how the atmosphere will contribute to recovery," board member Gary Lester said. "There will be board members there and whatever residents are there will be available, volunteers will be available."
"They will explain about what's going on right now," he said.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there was only one resident in the house. However, Lester said the Warren County Jail could release four women who qualify on short notice. In fact, board members thought they might have two new residents Tuesday evening.
As many as 10 women could live in the house at any time. Most residents would live there for a year or less - time to get them back on their feet.
House of Hope, a Warren Gives organization, is a transitional housing facility for women who are recovering from addiction.
It offers support, recovery programs, and possibly most important - safety and comfort.
"People who have come in have said it really feels like a home - which is precisely the kind of base-line these women have to get back to," Lester said.
In some cases, people in jail or a rehabilitation facility cannot be released until they can prove they have secured suitable housing.
Going home is often not an option. "In many cases, the home environment contributed to their substance abuse," Lester said. Or, "they may have burned all the bridges with the people in their support system."
"The probation department will not release them until they have a suitable place to go," he said.
House of Hope offers a temporary home for some women.
But it's not just a place to live.
"It's not just an apartment building," Lester said. "It's a recovery facility."
"There will be faith-based recovery programs going on there all the time," he said.
Those programs are a continuation of efforts candidates for House of Hope make in jail or rehabilitation. "There is an existing, significant volunteer effort within the jail," Lester said. "Bible study, psycho-educational recovery groups... they've got to have that interest in recovery."