Lucy E. Upson
"A person without a plan is like
a ship without a rudder."
Housing Opportunities of Warsaw (HOW) is proud to be the pioneer agency in Kosciusko County to offer transitional housing as an important resource for families in crisis.
The Upson House is a duplex that provides transitional housing for families in crisis to get back on their feet. The family is provided with a home to live in, community support to furnish their dwelling, and a case worker with a degree in social work to help direct them in their journey of education, employment, and recovery to become self-sufficient.
Through the Upson House, we pay tribute to a unique individual whose contributions to this community will never be forgotten.
About the Upson House Program
The Upson House is both a home and a program for families with children suffering such hardships as domestic violence, eviction, or temporary loss of income. Two of the most immediate needs for families in crisis are safe affordable housing and employment which will enable the parent(s) to support and care for the household. The transitional housing program helps put families back on their feet and become self-sufficient. The goal of the program is to instill hope in those who are eager to learn new skills. Parents are encouraged to open their minds to new ideas and to work toward their goals.
The Upson House can shelter two families, each in a three-bedroom townhouse-style apartment located near downtown Warsaw. Families may live there for up to two years as they develop life skills for living independently.
About Lucy Upson
Miss Lucy Upson was the first female attorney in Kosciusko County. Born in Warsaw on August 4, 1886, she graduated from Warsaw High School in 1904 and after further education, started as a legal secretary in the law office of Stookey and Anglin. In 1923, after the death of both attorneys in the practice, Lucy developed a plan. With determination she studied law, took her oral examination, and in 1926 at the young age of 30 was admitted to the Indiana Bar Association.
Miss Upson was among the first 100 female attorneys in the state. She practiced law in Kosciusko and surrounding counties, never asking for special treatment, and always received proper respect for her determination and abilities.
Miss Upson served hundreds of clients in this community for 50 years, retiring from practice in 1976. Lucy was active in community affairs and had a large circle of friends. She was an inspiration to all who knew her and is an excellent role model for persons striving for independence and self-sufficiency.