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Supportive Housing

Wellspring operates several supportive housing programs, which enable participants with extensive histories of psychiatric hospitalization to live successfully in the community.  There is no limit on the length of time a resident may live in these houses. 

Ardery House

Referral Number (502) 637-4361 

FAX: (502) 637-4490

Wellspring’s first site, Ardery House, opened in 1982; it was named in honor of our founding board chair, Philip P. Ardery. This program assists individuals who are leaving the hospital and/or experiencing homelessness achieve independent living. While all participants have a diagnosis of mental illness, nearly half also have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder.

Ardery House provides 13 men and women with room, board, life-skills training, recreational activities, case management, and individual and group therapy.  Residents had an eleven-month average stay in FY 2009.

“I was manic, psychotic, stuck in jail, lost all my belongings, homeless – I wasn’t in a good place really…I didn’t feel secure at all. I became a resident at Ardery House and went through a lot of depression and isolated myself. After a while, I made friends, stopped talking negative, learned how to ride the bus again and started going to AA meetings. Now, I’m humble with 13 months of sobriety – I feel secure. I believe I need to continue with my dual-recovery, but I can be happy.” - Russell (not the pictured client)


Journey Program

Referral Number:  (502) 637-4361 

FAX: (502) 637-4490 

Fifty percent of individuals with severe mental illness are dually diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder.  As a result, they have increased symptoms of mental illness, more frequent relapses, less treatment follow-through, more homelessness and victimization, more involvement with the courts and jails, and revolving-door hospitalizations. 

Wellspring opened Journey House in 1998 to address the needs of Louisville’s dually diagnosed, homeless women who were falling through the cracks of a service system ill-prepared to simultaneously treat these illnesses.  Most of these women are also victims of violence, and have experienced multiple failures in treatment and independent living prior to their Journey House stay.  Staff is extensively trained in both mental illness and substance abuse treatment. The program provides intensive support to the women as they struggle with the issues of recovery from both illnesses.  The average length of stay is 13.5 months for graduates. Journey House was the first residential program in Kentucky specifically designed to serve this population. In 2014 the Journey program was transitioned into scattered site apartments that can house up to 18 women.

“Wellspring was a turning point in my life…Wellspring helped me rebuild my life. I was in a dark cloud in my life and Wellspring helped me find a tunnel with a light at the end that allowed me to blossom and again reach for my dreams.” - Lisa (not the pictured client)

Broadway, Concord, Crescent Programs

Opened in 1986 in the Phoenix Hill neighborhood, Broadway program relocated to a new complex south of Broadway in 2011. It is home to nine men who live in independent housing. Concord Apartments, in the Hikes Point area, opened in 1987; it provides housing for eight women in four two-bedroom apartments. Crescent House was added to Wellspring’s supportive housing program in 2003; it is a single-family home for three men.

Staff complement includes:

  • Master’s level clinical social worker
  • Consulting psychiatrist
  • Residential staff coverage (variable, according to clients’ needs)
  • 24-hour on-call clinical staff

Referral Number (502) 637-4361 
FAX: (502) 637-4490 


Client Quotes

"Wellspring has helped me with stabilizing my medication, which makes so much difference. And they’ve helped me develop the skills that I need to understand in order to remain stable - plus reminding me that there is a cure for my illness, Schizophrenia.” - Danny


“Wellspring’s Concord House is my home away from home. Here, I’m treated well - yet challenged every day. I’m supported and loved…and it is like family to me!” -Stacey


Wellspring is an awesome place to live and a beacon of hope for those who are troubled. The Wellspring staff are kind and courteous to members, and knowledgeable on the issues about mental illness." - Dylan