When the Light House Mission moved in its current location on Wabash Avenue, men, women and families were all housed in the building, but it was not an ideal situation.
In 2012 the new building housing the Conners Center and Gary's Place opened. They cleaned, painted, renovated, added a new kitchen, set up the offices, moved in the furniture, and finally the ladies.
The new location is 1201 South 13th Street. It is closer to town, on a bus line and is a bigger space.
The first floor is for the single ladies and single ladies with children.
The second floor houses our teen girls. They share a library, computer room, and dining room.
Everyone is excited that the facility is the completed – especially the girls and women. They were excited to move into their new home.
If you would like to see the new facility, call the Conners Center at (812) 232-4050 to set up a time.
In 1998, the old Otter Creek High School and former home to Little David's became available in North Terre Haute, The Mission purchased the building at 3212 East Linn Avenue and began its renovation, building eighteen rooms for single women and women with children. It was named the Conners Center, in honor of the past Executive Director, Rev. Richard Conners, and his wife, Anna.
The building could house around 40 women and children, but reached a high of 45 last winter when so many needed assistance. The Conners Center only has a staff of one, so the ladies help out with cleaning the building and cooking the meals.
In addition to providing shelter and meals, The Conners Center offers the LightLife program, a 12-month program to change their lives; Mountain Movers, a ten-step recovery program; and computer and GED classes to the women residents. They also provide transportation for appointments to the doctor, welfare office and other needs.
Donations that are given to the Mission also go to support the work at The Conners Center. It is a welcome addition to the Light House Mission as it ministers to the needs of single women and their children.
1201 South 13th Street
Terre Haute, IN