Choices, Inc. Staff

Executive Director ...........................................Beth Hedges

Case Manager.....................................................Amy Kalber    

Resource Development Coordinator.................Senlin Ward

Resident Manager ....................................Georgianna Miller

                                              
Choices, Inc. is a community development corporation, founded in 1991 by a group of church members at Jeff Street Baptist
Community at Liberty, who envisioned offering a variety of economic development activities and social services through which
people in low-income communities may have improved choices for enhancing their quality of life.  As they looked around the
Phoenix Hill neighborhood where their church had ministered for over a hundred years, they saw homeless women with few
options, resources, or choices to change the conditions of their lives.  With these needs so very apparent, the Board of Choices
set to work developing Norma’s House, which opened in 1996.  Norma's House is a renovated five-bedroom house built around
1900, which provides housing and opportunities for five single homeless women, whose life experiences include mental illness,
chemical dependency and addiction, and/or domestic violence all of which exacerbate homelessness.

Four years later, The Marijane Toney House opened to provide services for homeless women with children. This is a duplex
which can serve two families headed by single females who are at risk of separation from their children due to homelessness.  

Early in 2007, Martie’s House opened as two three-bedroom apartments to serve two homeless, single-parent families, who also
have experienced mental illness, chemical dependency, chronic illness, or other documented disability within the family.  
Additionally, a third unit was built as client and office space.

A fourth house opened in 2009 as two, three-bedroom apartments designed to serve 6 homeless, single women experiencing
mental illness, chemical dependency, and/or domestic violence.  Choices operated this program from January 2008 until January
2012.  In June of 2012, the program reopened as a smaller program (a three bedroom house) on E. Muhammad Ali Blvd.  
Choices signed a five year lease with River City Housing, Inc. We are seeking a name for this house.

While in our programs, women receive case management and other supportive services to address the factors that have brought
them to homelessness, and to give them new skills so that they may succeed in housing and making healthy choices.

In 2014 changes in funding sources led to a decision to change from transitional housing which is limited to two years, to
permanent supportive housing which is unlimited.  The argument was made this would allow the staff to have more time to
support the clients and help them reach their goals. The clients feel they are in a more stable environment and many have
moved on to other housing in the city after receiving needed assistance.