Ohana House reopens for recovering women after brief closure


After a brief closure at the beginning of the year, the Ohana House, 227 E. Superior St., Lebanon, reopened the first week of March and is again accepting applications for the sober-living women’s transitional home.

The home opened in April 2018. It has 10 beds and can house 10 women at one time. Prior to closing, 23 women had, at various times, lived in the house, though not all successfully completed the programming.

No women lived in the home at the time it closed.

“We temporarily closed. We went through some staffing changes, and we just kind of needed to get a good footing again, kind of reorganize,” said Michelle Ziesmer, a board member for Youth and Family Health Network in Boone County, which oversees Ohana House.

Most women who visit Ohana House stay for four to six months. Many qualify for Recovery Works services, which pays for  housing and treatment.

Ziesmer said as Ohana House gets up and running again, donations are important. She has a goal of raising $100,000.

“We are just trying to (start) things back up again, which is requiring us to raise funds,” Ziesmer said.

An anonymous $25,000 donation was recently made, but Ziesmer said she is still well short of the $100,000 goal. Donations help pay for rent, bills, upkeep and more.

Since reopening, one woman has already moved into Ohana House.

For more or to donate, visit yfhnpartners.org/donate?fbclid=IwAR2ivc0sMKtAYh-ziwg-p0m3v9YDYlWoc8g6o-g83CP4esQ9fzcpjdGSz7Q.


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