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Transitional Housing

Ardery House

Referral Number (502) 637-4361 x 1459

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

Program Outcomes - FY 2011

  • 26 residents served
  • 100% of graduates moved into housing of their choice
  • 100% of graduates experienced a decrease in psychiatric symptoms
  • The average length of stay was 10 months in FY 2011.

Journey House

Referral Number (502) 637-4361 x 1459 

FAX: (502) 561-9086 

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. Journey House is the first residential program in Kentucky specifically designed to serve this population; it can accommodate eight residents. 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.

“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

Program Outcomes - FY 2011

  • 22 homeless women were served
  • 100% of graduates experienced a decrease in psychiatric symptoms
  • 100% of graduates were sober with an average of 25 months of sobriety
  • 100% of graduates went on to housing of their choice
  • The average length of stay was 7 months for graduates in FY 2011