Fort Wayne's emergency shelter plan will help single women as well

With Fort Wayne facing drastic temperature drops, the need to find a warm space is high priority especially if you don't have a home. The city's emergency shelter plan is making sure single women with no children also have a place to go.

Posted: Jan 19, 2019 8:54 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2019 8:55 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- There's a collaborative effort going on making sure everyone has a place to go in dropping temperatures.

"More agencies are involved. It's growing as the need for women and children that do need shelter," Michael Gillenwater with the Rescue Mission said.

Friday Mayor Tom Henry announced $10,000 in Community Development Block Grants will go toward providing overnight shelter for homeless single women. There are several agencies working together to make this happen with the city.

-The Rescue Mission
-Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network
-Christian Praise and Fellowship Church
-Salvation Army
-Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation
-Park Center
-The 211 Resource Center and Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana

“The city and the rescue mission have formed a winter contingency plan. so basically if a single woman or family is to call the rescue mission and need. We are the ones who coordinate different rides to the agencies that are partnering with us," Gillenwater explained.

Inside the Rescue Mission for the emergency shelter plan they have three levels. One is where they open the lobby as a warming center, two where they open the dining area, and three when they open the chapel in cases of overflow which is possible. Roderick Overton's happy he has a place to go.

"I wouldn't know what to do or where to go," Overton said.

It's a men's shelter but they are still seeing women come.

"For us it's families, so where do we put single women? He saw the need and we saw the need," Joshua Gale, Executive Director of Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network, said.

Gale said having something like this is a key thing in the community.

"You have the Rescue Mission with single men, Charis House attached to that for mothers and children, us for families. It's all a part of one group and we try to work together as much as possible," he added.

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