Constructing Our Future Inc


Indianapolis, IN   |


Constructing our Future (COF) welcomes back previously incarcerated women who have demonstrated a sincere desire to be independent, law-abiding citizens upon their return by providing a safe, affordable place to live immediately upon release and a path to permanent, stable housing. COF surrounds the newly released woman with other women who have taken a similar journey and it prepares them for livable wage jobs, independent living, and family reintegration through mentorships; connections with necessary resources; assistance with financial, social, and job skills; and access to education, recovery and mental health services. COF also advocates for public policies that support the full reintegration of previously incarcerated women.

Notes from the nonprofit

We at Constructing Our Future (COF) are committed to providing safe transitional housing to women inIndianapolis and supporting those who are eager to build independent and successful lives. Unlike,short-term housing, we invest in each woman up to two years with the understanding that it takes times to build a foundation by transitioning into employment, saving money, and finding stable long-term housing. We recognize that for women to be successful after leaving incarceration, they need more than just safe housing. They need an individualized plan to prepare them for life and employment on the outside. By partnering with local organizations, women can receive employment and financial literacy coaching in addition to mental health services and recovery tools, while COF can effectively support our residents by meeting their housing needs and serving a sounding board.

Ruling year info


Board President/Acting Executive Director

Mrs. Michelle C Daniel

Main address

2650 Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Street Suite 88884

Indianapolis, IN 46208 USA

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NTEE code info

Transitional Care, Half-Way House for Offenders/Ex-Offenders (I31)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.


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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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“Construction Track - Program Description”

The Constructing Our Future (COF) Construction Track program combines extensive training in life skills with many hours spent on education and practice in building trades and residential maintenance in prison. Participants upon release are trained in home rehabilitation by working with partnering contractors. Participants will through sweat equity will gain highly marketable job skills and a path toward home ownership.

Life Skills Training available in prison
Program acceptance


Pursue Vocational Training (Building Trades or other similar program) available in prison
Pursue U.S. Department of Labor Apprentice Certification in building trades or other similar program

Once the participants are released, they are eligible to reside at the program’s “Home Base,” where they will establish a case plan through PACE Indy, connect with and strengthen their support system, and gain outside employment, all while continuing to put in hours renovating homes.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our 2022 Vision: Constructing Our Future has the strong leadership, direction, and secure funding needed to sustainably provide a home base where previously incarcerated women are welcomed, connected, and empowered in their journey to self-sufficiency.

Constructing Our Future is focused on building financial security by cultivating a foundation of diverse and sustainable funding.
• 1.A: Establish fiscal policies and procedures to ensure strong financial health as a newly established 501c3.
• 1.B: Design and implement a development plan that expands the network of stakeholders through relationship-based fundraising with individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Constructing Our Future is housing and engaging formerly incarcerated women in programming and services with clear impact by leveraging strong partnerships.
• 2.A: Define and develop needs-led and impact-focused programs that are specifically owned by Constructing Our Future.
• 2.B: Establish a physical location to serve as a community focused home base for housing, programming, connection, and to foster civic engagement.
• 2.C: Build, maintain, and facilitate sustainable partnerships that help women smoothly transition from incarceration to stability and self-sufficiency.

Constructing Our Future has the team it needs to effectively pursue the organization’s mission, empowered by knowledgeable, collaborative, and accountable leadership.
• 3.A: Define and fill key staff positions to build partnerships, fundraise, support programs, and scale impact.
• 3.B: All Board, staff, and volunteers operate with clearly defined roles and shared values that prioritize the collective voice of women with lived experience of incarceration.

Constructing Our Future communicates a clear message about its mission, vision, and purpose that changes the public narrative by respectfully amplifying the experiences and successes of justice-involved women.
• 4.A: Develop and implement a unified message and communication plan with differentiated strategies for key audiences.
• 4.B: Build a reputation as a trusted re-entry resource with incarcerated women, program partners, the criminal justice system, and the community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve formerly incarcerated women and we seek feedback from them. Mostly notably we received $35,000 to give to formerly incarcerated women struggling with the effects of COVID-19 direct cash assistance and bill pay. We distributed the funds and sent out a survey to ask the women about the experience.

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We were delaying purchasing a house due to the bad housing market, but our feedback from the surveys told us that so many formerly incarcerated women are struggling with housing. So, we decided to rent our first house instead of waiting for the housing market to bounce back so that we could begin serving the women.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


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Constructing Our Future Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michelle Daniel Jones

Constructing Our Future

Term: 2018 - 2025

Karen Wurster

COF Secretary/ CEO Adipo Therapeutics

Brian Shaw

COF Treasurer/Sr. Director, Global Sales/Marketing and IT Sourcing & CFO, COVID-19 Therapeutics Eli Lilly and Company

Jessie Cobb-Denard

Director/ Lawyer Todd Sallee Law

Montez Day

Director/New Beginnings Facilitator Goodwill Industries

Rheann Kelly

Director/ Scholar Currently Incarcerated

Sherrell Russell


Andrea Ayietta

Director/Keys to Work

JD Ford

Director/Indiana State Senator

Beth Davis


Phyllis Newton

Director/Retire and United Methodist Women

Chrissy Vasquez

Director/Avant Healthcare

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2022

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.