​Worthy Recovery, Inc. is a Christian ministry that offers housing and

education to women suffering from criminal thinking and or substance abuse.

WRI, PO Box 116, La Porte, IN 46352





Worthy Recovery Inc. (WRI) Executive Director and founder, Sonshine Troche, began facilitating the Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT®) Cognitive Behavioral Program in the La Porte County Jail, February 2008, and later a faith-based Character Study. She soon witnessed female inmates returning to the jail over and over again. When she asked them: “Why do you keep being rearrested?” the answer was always the same, “I have nowhere safe to go. I can’t get a job. I dropped out of high school.” Much local research made one thing clear, La Porte County did not have a Recovery Home.

On September 6, 2008, thirteen community members met at Bob Evans Restaurant in Michigan City, IN to discuss the beginning of the Worthy Women Recovery Home.  We received permanent occupancy of the home on September 23, 2016.  After 9 months, with many lessons learned, Sonshine attended four trainings including Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist, HIV/AIDS Training, Addiction Recovery Coach, Recovery Coach Ethics.  We then reviewed all of our policies, created a pre-intake packet, received our INARR Level 3 Certification, and with the Board of Directors’ blessings, extended programming to a 12-month program.  These trainings pointed to the fact that “today’s drugs are destroying the brain, which needs a minimum of six – twelve months to dry out and begin to think clearly.” WRI strives to empower residents to build a strong biblical and moral foundation prior to reentering back into society. 


We invite those female offenders who are willing to make the love of Jesus their number one priority, and to make their recovery and reentry opportunities their number two priority.  Where there are priorities and structure, rules and regulations must be followed and commitments kept. If you are ready to be your best, we will show you how to discipline yourself to be the best you that you will be, in Jesus Christ.

  • We are a Christ-Centered residential recovery/reentry program for former female offenders who desire the hope and forgiveness found ONLY by trusting God and Jesus Christ!

  • We facilitate evidence and research based Cognitive Behavior Therapy Programs, that help change criminal thinking, increase levels of moral reasoning, and reduce recidivism rates.

  • We facilitate the 12 Step Spiritual Journey Program as well as additional bible groups.

  • We provide Life Skills including anger management, financial responsibility and job skills training to help reduce the chances of reoffending and reincarceration.


  1. To abstain from all illegal and unauthorized drugs including alcohol
  2. To abstain at all times from tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaping, snuff, etc.
  3. To be abstinent of any personal, dating, romantic or sexual relationship unless you are in a healthy, sober marriage with a valid marriage license
  4. To work full-time only after you complete Phase A-Acceptance, a minimum of 90 days
  5. To use only the house phone until cell phone privileges are authorized
  6. To comply with assigned groups, activities, chores, meetings, self-care, etc.
  7. Resident must be dressed modestly with a bra and underwear at all times, unless covered completely while sleeping  
  8. To ask for help if you are struggling with anything at all
  9. To listen to Christian music only
  10. To watch Christian shows, movies, and concerts only


  1. Any tobacco products, lighters, matches, e-cigarettes, vapes, snuff, etc.
  2. No nose rings or studs, eyebrow, or tongue piercings are allowed, (for health and sanitary reasons).
  3. Any inappropriate or sexually explicit pictures or materials
  4. Gambling paraphernalia of any kind, including poker cards, dice, lottery ticket(s), etc.
  5. Weapons of any kind
  6. No expensive personal items or excessive jewelry.
  7. Any clothing that is too short, tight, torn, ripped, damaged, thin or revealing
  8. Anything with vulgar language, tobacco insignia, drugs, secular music, the occult, racism, gambling, etc.


  1. WE DO NOT accept anyone with sexual offender convictions or violent behavior convictions.
  2. PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to house children.
  3. We are a RECOVERY WORKS Provider.
  4. Cell phones are authorized based upon compliance, two months’ work history and fees paid in full.
  5. Housing Fees are assessed based on your earnings. You are required to pay when you begin working.
  6. You will be provided with a towel, hand towel and washcloth to use.
  7. You will be provided with a clean bed and clean linen.


WE ARE NOT A MEDICAL CENTER.  WRI does not accept women who wish to be on suboxone or methadone. Please review this policy for approved and unapproved medications. If you are taking medication that is NOT ALLOWED at our home, you will need to:

  1. Discontinue that medication under Doctor’s supervision, and
  2. Change your medication to the green light below, under Doctor’s supervision.
  3. Turn in all medication including over the counter medication to staff to lock in the main office.
  4. Obtain approval from the Executive Director prior to speaking with a medical Doctor, to increase a prescribed medication dosage.




These medications ARE ALLOWED at the Worthy Women Recovery Home:


Celexa, Cymbalta, Effexor, Elavil, Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, Remeron, Savella, Trazodone, Wellbutrin, Zoloft

Anti-Anxiety Medications:

Buspar, Vistaril

Sleep Aids: Trazodone and over- the-counter sleep aids

Non-habit forming ADD medications such as Strattera and Intuniv

Anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Meloxicam,




FROM YOUR DOCTOR to use at the Worthy Women Recovery Home:


The following medications are allowed ONLY for documented seizure disorders. Tegretol, Topamax, Trileptal, Depakote, Lamictal, Gabapentin


NOTE: Neurontin may be taken by insulin-dependent diabetics as necessary for neuropathy.



Vivitrol must be used as prescribed and administered by a medical


These medications ARE NOT ALLOWED at the Worthy Women Recovery Home:

Benzodiazepines: Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, or Valium

Antipsychotics: Medications in this class include, but are not limited to: Abilify, Geodon, Latuda, Mellaril, Seroquel, Clozaril, Haldol, Risperdal, Zyprexa

Mood stabilizers: Lithium

SLEEP AIDS: Ambien, Halcion, Lunesta, Restoril, Sonata

ADD/ADHD Medication:

Adderall, Concerta, Focalin, Provigil, Ritalin or any other “controlled” medication.

NARCOTIC & other PAIN medication: Darvocet, Hydrocodone, Lortab, Lyrica, Methadone, Oxycontin, Percocet, Suboxone, Tramadol, Ultram


Flexeril, Robaxin, Soma, etc.



By my signature below, I agree that I have read and understand and will follow the terms of the WRI APPROVED MEDICATION POLICY.


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Applicant Signature                                                                                                      Date


  • Birth Certificate
  • Driver’s License or State ID
  • Health Insurance Card & medical records if any
  • Social Security Card
  • Probation conditions, court orders, treatment records, etc.
  • Clothing to fill two small suitcases
  • Bible, daily devotional, journal, coloring pencils & pens, word search and puzzles, etc.
  • Refillable Water bottle
  • Hygiene products (No hairspray or glass containers)
  • Razors, Tweezers, Fingernail files
  • One pillow
  • Small or medium stuffed animal
  • Picture album, stationary, stamps


I, (print your full name here) ________________________________________ confirm that I have read and understand that I am requesting to be accepted to a Christian Bible -based recovery program.


I, (print your full name here) ________________________________________ confirm that I have read and agree to follow the WRI Pre-Intake Agreement as well as any additional rules and guidelines.    


The applicant must ensure that all information requested is provided.  Mail to: WRI, PO Box 116, La Porte, IN 46352.  You can also submit by email to info@worthyrecovery.org or Fax it to 219-369-4238. Submitting the Pre-Intake Agreement completely filled out ensures that an application will be mailed.


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Applicant Signature                                                  Applicant Birthday                                              Date Signed


Signature of Criminal Justice Official and Job Title                                                                                     Date



What were you arrested and convicted of?                                                                  County & State of current conviction(s)


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Name and County of the Jail or Prison you are/were in                                                                      DOC #


_____________________________________________________________________________         _______________________________________

Name of Primary Family Contact only  and City, State                                                     Primary Family Contact Phone Number

Office Use Only:              

Date agreement was received: ______________________   Agreement completed: _____Yes    _____No 


Was an application mailed: ______Yes    _____No                 Date mailed: __________________________ 



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WRI Representative Signature and Title                                                             Date signed  


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