Patrick Monahan, Ph.D., is a behavioral scientist and a professor of biostatistics at Indiana University, and was the conference’s keynote speaker on social entrepreneurship. His impact in his community of Indianapolis as a social entrepreneur is unmatched. Monahan is the founder and CEO of Home at Last, where he employs and trains those affected by incarceration, homelessness, mental health issues and more, to renovate homes in the community, which are then leased to mental health organizations for translational housing or low-income families.
Monahan expressed that he’s always been interested in social missions after losing his twin brother, who was homeless and suffered from schizophrenia, when he was 28. He spent a significant amount of time working to create connections and build relationships within the community of Indianapolis before starting his social enterprise three years ago to prevent similar outcomes for those individuals who suffer mental illness and other obstacles.
Home at Last beautifies high-crime neighborhoods, renovates abandoned homes, and employs persons who have experienced incarceration or homelessness. It provides paid training, even to those with no construction skills, and then on the back end leases the homes back to health transition programs.
“I get most excited when it’s a full social mission from beginning to end,” Monahan said, “and I prefer to do it in a self-sustaining entrepreneurial model.”
While Monahan continues his Home at Last venture, he will also embark on another entrepreneurial project in Indianapolis.
“I am going to create our city’s first innovative holistic homeless shelter,” Monahan said. “The reason I know I’m going to do this is because the mission drives me. I can’t not do it. Because of my passion for this, I won’t let it fail.”