Resources: purpose

Resources: Purpose

Conducting meaningful daily activities, such as job, school, volunteerism, family.

Education helps individuals in so many ways. Besides improving career opportunities, it helps people find purpose and build new social networks. Social capital is a big part of a person’s recovery capital. We are honored to help recoverees find or improve their purpose and social capital with the Indiana Recovery Network and Ivy Tech.

Sue Ellspermann, PhD 
President, Ivy Tech Community College


Your Next Step

Your Next Step provides a one-stop shop for resources in Indiana that can help you take the next step in your career, education and life. Think of the website as a lobby, with doors you can choose to walk through and connect to the help you need to move forward. Your Next Step is supported by the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, Indiana government agencies, higher education and training providers, Hoosier employers, state policymakers, local communities, faith-based organizations and other key partners.

Why education?

Education is the key to an in-demand, high-paying career. Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s Community College, and here to help you succeed.

The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) at IUPUI

You’ve made amazing changes in your life, and you’re on the road to recovery. Maybe what you’re looking for now is a group of peers who understand what it’s like to travel that road while in college. The Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) at IUPUI is your chance to connect with fellow Jags and be supported while you maintain your recovery.

The overall goal of the CRC is a simple one: provide social support and a referral network with access to community resources, regardless of whether you are recovering from substance abuse, behavioral addictions such as gambling or sex, or something else altogether.

  • IUPUI Admissions
    Use these resources and applications to help you make healthy choices, stay informed, and access self-help tools.
Butler University: Admission Information and Requirements
Ball State University Admissions

From admissions requirements and majors to campus life and financial aid, we’re here to help you find the information needed to get started.

University of Notre Dame Undergraduate Admissions

Everything you need to know to join the Notre Dame family.

Purdue University Admissions

Applying to college is an important step toward your future — and we’re here to help. From admissions requirements and a list of majors to info on housing and financial aid — you’ll find it all here.

University of Indianapolis Admissions

With more than 100 academic programs, small class sizes, and a close connection to the Indianapolis community, UIndy offers the perfect setting for you to meet the future you.

Hope Academy: A High School for Students in Recovery

Hope Academy is a life-changing option for students and families.

Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE)

The Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) is the only association exclusively representing collegiate recovery programs (CRPs) and collegiate recovery communities (CRCs), the faculty and staff who support them, and the students who represent them. ARHE provides the education, resources, and community connection needed to help change the trajectory of recovering student’s lives. We are a network of professionals, administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents and policy makers.

Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Adult Education Program

Indiana Adult Education programs provide math, reading, and writing instruction free of charge to help you acquire the skills needed to earn a high school equivalency diploma, go to college, or enter an entry-level occupational certification program.


In February 2018, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Wellness Council of Indiana announced the Indiana Workforce Recovery initiative, a strategic partnership with Gov. Eric Holcomb and his administration to combat the opioid epidemic.

The mission of the initiative is to empower the business community to play a lead role by educating and guiding employers through the steps they can take to help their workers. Indiana Workforce Recovery is also focused on helping Hoosier businesses meet their workforce needs and effectively engage a drug-free workforce in recovery.

For employers:

  • Indiana Workforce Recovery

For Job Seekers:

  • Indiana Next Level Jobs
    • Training
      Next Level Jobs provides Hoosiers with free state-wide training in high-paying, in-demand industries.
    • Employer Reimbursement
      Next Level Jobs also provides Indiana employers with reimbursements up to $50,000 to train their employees in these high-growth fields.
Indiana Workforce Ready Grant

The Workforce Ready Grant is designed to remove financial barriers that may prevent Hoosiers from getting the training they need for a job in one of Indiana’s 5 high-demand fields. The grant pays for all tuition and regularly assessed fees for qualifying high-value certificates.

Indiana Career Connect

Visit Indiana Career Connect (ICC) to search over 90,000 available job opportunities throughout Indiana. ICC is a free service offered to you that benefits both employers and job seekers.

WorkOne Locations – Indiana

WorkOne Regional Map. Use the map to select your region. Mobile Users: Simply tap and hold a region to locate a WorkOne near you. OR use the WorkOne selectors in the menu. Use the map to the right to select your region. NOTICE: WorkOne offices are open, serving customers in person, by appointment and virtually.

Hoosier Initiative for Re-Entry (HIRE)

INDIANACAREERREADY can connect you to resources designed to assist job seekers with backgrounds to become gainfully employed. The HIRE Program is a cooperative effort between the Department of Workforce Development, Department of Corrections, Indiana employers and the public safety community to provide incarcerated and/or discharged Hoosiers with job readiness training and placement.

Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS)

Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) is a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income residents throughout the state of Indiana.

Blue Jacket

Blue Jacket’s mission is to provide training and opportunities to anyone with a barrier who is striving to earn gainful employment. We envision that anyone with a barrier to employment will be restored with hope and provided capacity to obtain and retain employment because of Blue Jacket’s vast network and resources of support.

Second Chance Business Coalition

The second chance business coalition promotes the benefits of second chance employment and provides employers with resources to hire and provide career advancement to people with criminal records.