FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — This week begins National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
The Allen County Superior Court is partnering with the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission to bring more assistance to homeless people in Northeast Indiana.
160%. That is how much the Allen County Superior Court estimates mental illness cases in Northeast Indiana have increased since 2015.
Allen County Superior Court Judge Andrew Williams says the increasing correlation between mental illness and homelessness spurred him to establish a relationship between the court and the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission.
“We all understand that we can accomplish more by working together and focusing on the root causes and effects of mental illness in Allen County,” Williams said.
Instead of locking them up, he refers them to the Rescue Mission for help.
“When we have family members or friends we know are suffering from a mental illness, we need to be there for them,” Williams said.
The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission estimates that 3,000 people in Northeast Indiana are homeless.
Their goal is to give each of them a place to sleep inside this winter.
Patrick Mojet is one person who says the rescue mission’s therapy and short-term housing programs changed his life.
“Just taking the classes here, being in a safe environment, having good structure, having people giving me guidance and direction, people I can go to and get counseling, It was just truly a blessing; I’m forever grateful for the Rescue Mission,” Mojet said.
He is now in his third year working as a life coach for the group.
“Since I’ve been here on staff, I’ve had about three promotions and God has just blessed me. I thank God for this place,” Mojet said.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, you can visit fwrm.org/get-help.
Fort Wayne Rescue Mission and the Allen County Superior Court are working together to break down stigmas when it comes to mental illness and homelessness. Tonight on @FOX55FortWayne news first at 10 find out what mental health resources Allen County is giving homeless people. pic.twitter.com/8gnD8ror9S
— Briana Byus (@BrianaByusFOX55) November 15, 2021