"Meals for Healing" Update

Back in February, Fort Wayne United introduced its "Meals For Healing" program. It's a program that feeds grieving families who've lost loved ones to homicide. This is how the program is coming along since its start.

Posted: Jun 6, 2018 7:19 PM
Updated: Jun 7, 2018 10:07 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-It's important to first point out this is a service that is offered.

If someone wants to use this program, they can if they decide to.

What Fort Wayne United has discovered so far is there is no lack in community support.

They've only served 3 families, but even though that number seems small, it's everything but that.

"The thing about this program is that the number sounds low, but that's 3 families that have received five meals, five different days, with so many moving parts behind the scenes. Those 3 families have received an amazing experience from people all across the community. The churches send different families per day, so many people get involved,"Fort Wayne United director Iric Headley said.

This program is for people who don't have that support system.

"The families that have participated in the program, we followed up with them to see what it was like for them , and they have truly enjoyed it. They appreciated it because the last thing they were thinking about was making a meal," FWPD Victim's Assistance director Jessica Crocier said.

Crocier also said it's not that people don't think it's a good program, it's that people are already getting help from loved ones, and others in the community.

Pastor Luther Whitfield said the churches are ready when they are called to deliver the meals.

"We're grateful for the collectiveness of about 14 churches to have joined with us to say that when there is a need, when there are families that do need that help, we want to be there."

When victims assistance is called, they provide the information of the family, so the church can deliver the meals.

They all say they are grateful they haven't had to use it much because that would mean another life lost.

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