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The Honorable Mitch Daniels

4750 N. Meridian Street

Indianapolis, IN 46208

Phone: 317-931-3076

Fax: 317-283-1201



Re: Closing Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children's Home



Dear Governor Daniels:



As a law abiding tax payer and former student of this institution, I was saddened and surprised at your decision to close down this facility, which has meant so much to so many people since its founding during the days of Abraham Lincoln. I was saddened because of the connection that I, along with thousands of other Hoosiers have with ISSCH. I was surprised because during your campaign for reelection you liked to talk about what a friend you were to the kids in the state of Indiana . You talked about how laws you passed have helped to keep children in a safe environment and safe from harm. If this is the case then why now would you want to close an institution which prides itself on helping at risk children?



I'm sure we have all heard the stories on the news how the ISTEP scores at Morton Memorial have been in steady decline for the past eight years, or how there is no clear vision, or no clear admission standards. I ask you this, Is this a failure of the students or is it a failure of the state government, which has essentially sat back for 9 years and watched this school fail? I don't think you can fault the teachers of the school either if the state failed to step in and stop this decline.



Governor Daniels, if you truly care about the students of this state and their wellbeing I ask you to carefully reconsider this decision. ISSCH isn't a line item on the state budget that can be vetoed at will. If you truly care for the kids in this state and the environment they are raised in, I ask you to meet with us and discuss other ways to bring the budget under control without putting hundreds of kids out on the streets or back into an unstable home. Not to mention the countless faculty and staff who will lose their jobs.

6009 Signatures

  • Bert C
    • Comments
    • Please save this piece of History
    • Name
    • Bert Corley
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • I spent 6 years in the home
    • Address
    • Fayetteville, GA
  • Leah D. E
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • former student
  • charles g
    • Comments
    • one of 7 that was in the home please make your cuts else where the kids and the alumni needs this home
    • Name
    • charles
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • alumni
    • Address
    • Tulsa Oklahoma
  • Monica M
    • Comments
    • Please save our home
    • Name
    • Nee: Monica Hough
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • Student, Resident
  • Tina M. S
    • Name
    • Tina M. Stevens
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • Family Member to 8 former students
    • Address
    • 119 Lansdowne Rd.
  • Christina F
  • Laura H
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • Friends son attends there
  • Carolyn S. P
    • Comments
    • Use the automatic raises to support the important t hings!!
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • I lived as a Student at the Home for seven years
    • Address
    • 308 Hickory Way, North Vernon, IN
  • Joseph A. W
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • Alumni
    • Address
    • 518 W. Water Street, Paoli, IN 47454
  • Dick W
  • Quinten B
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • Class of 1996
    • Address
    • 4333 E 118th ave Thornton Co. 80233
  • Donette L
  • TIm L
  • Kelsey H
  • Chad C
    • Comments
    • Dont Close this school!!!!
    • Name
    • Chad Cooper
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • husband of Alumni
    • Address
    • 2719 Williamsburg Ct. Apt. 28F
  • Pamela B
    • Comments
    • I can not comprehend the why of the decision to close this home, the children who go there are relatives of Veterans with problems or no where else to go. I ask that you do everything in your power to keep this institution open for these children.
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • Children was sent there that were headed in the wrong direction, because of peer pressure
  • Elizabeth J
  • Erin G
    • Comments
    • My 4 years spent at ISSCH made me the person I am today and know there are many kids out there today that still need ISSCH to change their lives
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • Graduate
  • Daniel E. G
    • Address
    • 300 w 5th St. Brookston, IN 47923
  • Robin T
  • Christina G
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • Former Student
  • Brandon F
    • Comments
    • Leave it open
  • Brien S
  • Cecilia H
  • Ray Z
    • Comments
    • Concerned Citizen
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • Indiana Veteran
    • Address
    • 12176N 1125W Monticello,Indiana
  • Lana F
    • Comments
    • Please be in prayer as you read over these request
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • my sister lived at ISSCH for several years
  • Jason Y
    • Comments
    • KIDS ARE OUR FUTURE
  • Jody S. B
  • Wayne R
  • Jerry T
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • Alumni
    • Address
    • 41060 Hwy 226 Scio, Oregon 97374
  • Bob B
  • Desra D
  • Elizabeth K
  • William H. M
  • Jerry A
  • Cindy H
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • 1963 to grad class of 1974
  • Karen T
    • Address
    • galveston
  • Sally B
  • Henrietta Lea W
    • Comments
    • please, don't close this home/school
    • Name
    • H. Lea Willis
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • none
  • Joseph J. H
  • Amanda D
    • Comments
    • It would be crazy to shut down The Home that place changed me for the better
    • Name
    • Amanda
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • Student
  • Jonnell R
  • Eddie B
  • Tommie J. B
    • Comments
    • Closing the Children's Home would be cruel...
    • Name
    • Tommie Barnes
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • friend used to work there
    • Address
    • P.O. Box 309 Spiceland, IN 47385
  • Kim W
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • a friend
  • christopher h
    • Address
    • 1022 laurel st anderson indiana
  • Anita W
  • betsy c
  • Joe B
  • Gina M
    • Comments
    • Please do not close this school! This school not only helps children without families but helps to contribute to reaching future goals of all children that attend.
    • Connection to ISSCH
    • None
    • Address
    • Knightstown, IN