FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Fort Wayne’s leaders joined forces Sunday to help a family in need.
Fort Wayne United, Youth for Christ Ministry, and the Fort Wayne Police Department joined with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a family in Southeast Fort Wayne.
“We reached out to Youth for Christ, Fort Wayne United and FWPD, and said hey we know how to build homes do you guys be interested in coming to together and collaborating and coming to help us build a home together,” Habitat for Humanity CEO Andrew Gritzmaker said.
Gritzmaker says the Habitat Build enables groups to leverage their resources and bring the community together during a time of racial and social divide.
The Habitat Build is an initiative where habitat for humanity builds homes from ground up for families in need across the greater Fort Wayne area.
Youth for Christ CEO Chris Todia says its especially important to be part of the effort this year.
“As you can imagine, this is a very important time for young people right now with school feeling like it’s up in the air. With everything feeling difficult— with the social unrest and the [corona]virus,” Todia explained.
Todia says consistency is what young people need and he hopes the lucky family chosen for the house will receive just that.
“So the biggest thing that we’re seeing right now, is that when we create consistency in the lives of kids, god can move through that, and we’re really seeing that all over the place,” Todia added.
FWPD says this is a testament to what local officers committed themselves to, serving the community.
“Our officers are out there doing things every day. They’re coaching, mentoring, they’re tutoring, they’re doing all sorts of things in the community,” Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena with the Fort Wayne Police Department said.
Rosales-Scatena encourages residents to put their best foot forward and get active in social/community projects if they want to see city improvement.
“Actually engage in the community. Be a mentor, be a tutor, be engaged in these kinds of organizations that help this community. That’s the way we help make Fort Wayne better,” Rosales-Scatena added.
The lucky winner for the house has yet to be chosen.
Until then, the team will continue turning what was once an idea into a home, one nail at a time.