TERRE HAUTE, Ind., (WTWO/WAWV)– Indiana Landmarks awarded $2500 to the Next Step Foundation to rehabilitate the Washington Avenue Presbyterian Church.
The church was built in 1894 and will be used as a commmunity center for Next Step’s drug and alcohol recovery program.
Ron Simons, Assistant Director for the Next Step Foundation, said they hope to use the community center will help eliminate the stigma associated with recovery from drugs and alcohol.
“The stigma of people in recovery is there is not a lot of fun things to do while you’re sober. So this is going to be hopefully an opportunity for us to provide movies and game nights and more of a community location,” said Simons.
Simons said the support from community organizations is what helped begin the rehabilitation project.
“The community has come together to provide their services to help us get this going. Some of those have done that at the donation level,” said Simons.
The grants awarded by Indiana Landmarks are used to help organizations conduct structural analysis and rehabilitation studies.
Tommy Kleckner, Director of Indiana Landmarks Western Region Office, said those studies help guide organizations through these projects.
“They can also help in strengthening fundraising efforts, donors like to know that an applicant has a solid plan,” said Kleckner.
Indiana Landmarks gave out 33 grants across the state, totaling out to $176,250.
Kleckner said Indiana Landmarks’ goal is to help preserve a community’s culture.
“These historic structures which we’ve awarded grants, they are meaningful places in their communities. They’re significant historic structures. They contribute to architectural heritage of that community. But they’re also of sentimental value,” said Kleckner.