Mayor Henry and Fort Wayne UNITED unveil 'Meals 4 Healing'

Mayor Tom Henry and Fort Wayne United are calling the new initiative Meals 4 Healing. It will help grieving families.

Posted: Feb 28, 2018 9:04 PM
Updated: Mar 1, 2018 9:40 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- It will help those experiencing loss of a loved one to homicide.

"We did some practice runs to about 8 families, and we've had all of our volunteers serve those families for about a week or so at different times and different days," Iric Headley said.

Headley is the director for Fort Wayne UNITED.

During that time they were able to figure out what worked,what didn't, and how the families felt about it. 

For Leroy Allison, the feeling of grief is one he knows all too well, and today he stood with Fort Wayne United in support of the program.

"Families know that's one more part of it they don't have to worry about," he said.

When a homicide takes place, families of victims will be connected to a case worker from the victim assistance team within the Fort Wayne Police Department.

Through that connection, the meals will be provided.

Mayor Henry says it's important to know these resources are available to make a difference.

"One of the things these families need is a comfort level to help them get throught this most difficult time," he said.

The committee put their heads together and decided providing meals would be a great way to do that.

"I think it's not only creative, but certainly needed," he added.

They all want to express their willingness to assist those going through heartbreak.

Churches will provide the family with church contact information, free services, support groups, and victim assistance information for follow-up help, if needed. 

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