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History of the Talbot House

The Talbot House began in 1964 when a recovering alcoholic, Bill Wallace, opened his own home to other recovering men who were trying to establish new lives in sobriety. Now, over 45 years later, thousands of men have used The Talbot House to rebuild broken lives.

After Bill Wallace died in 1985, the operation continued to be directed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Also around this time, John Anderson, himself a product of the Talbot House, became the Executive Director of the Talbot House. John remained in this position for 13 years, retiring in the Spring of 2004.

In 1995, the Board of Directors, with the help of private donations and grants, purchased a house across the street from the Talbot House. This house was named the Wallace House after the founder, and provides men with an environment of greater independence than the Talbot House.

Finally, in the year 2000, a third house was purchased on Garvin Place, adjacent to both the Talbot and Wallace Houses. This house was dedicated to a long time supporter of the Talbot House, Jim Hoard. The Hoard House became the “third leg” on the road to independence for the men who came through the Talbot “system”. The Hoard House is comprised of five apartment units which allows the men to live independently, but keep them in a positive strong “recovery environment”.

The residents of all three houses pay rent and are held highly accountable to be “self supporting” members of their respective houses.

As the oldest residential facility for recovering men in the Louisville area, The Talbot House, Inc,. is dedicated more than ever to providing these facilities so men who have suffered the sever consequences of alcoholism and addiction, can return to be productive members of society.


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