Thank you to our sponsors!

DWC and Abba House were founded and directed by Sr. Mary Virginia Clark through December 31, 2000; Diann Gilmore became director January 1, 2001.

Focus became serving homeless women in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.
Dental, Outreach, Transitional Housing, and Emergency Assistance started.



Opened first thrift store, Thrift Town, on 11-1-2003; changed name to Thrift City in 2008.

Opened Thrift Town 2 on 2-14-2005; changed name to Thrift City Too in 2008.

Haven House shelter obtained for women new in recovery without children (DWC Recovery Program Levels one to four).

Uptown Shoppe opened in Wolflin Square; moved to 812 SW 10th on January 4, 2022.

Meridian Apartments were purchased; affordable quality housing for men and women.

Gratitude House (40-unit apartment complex) for women and children coming from Abba House or Haven House (DWC Recovery Program Levels five to nine); donated by Baptist Community Services .


Youth Behavioral Modification and Healing Program implemented.

Sr. Mary Virginia Clark died on March 27, 2020 in Evansville, IN

2021 to 2023
Come along with us as the Journey continues . . .

DWC Luncheon, May 9, 2023
Thank you to all 1,000+ that attended our Spring Luncheon! The DWC Women in our program celebrated their sobriety! We looked back on the years past in our videos, and on stage with cheers and tears! We were all moved by these special moments.