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Vincent Village and city partnership gives fresh start to homeless families

Thanks to the partnership between Vincent Village and the city, Mansfield, her fiance, and their children will move into one of six homes that's being rehabilitated for families in need. Another home will be demolished and rebuilt.

Posted: Jan. 18, 2018 6:24 PM
Updated: Jan. 18, 2018 10:56 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- After the cutting of a ribbon and months of waiting, a homeless Fort Wayne family has the fresh start they've been waiting for.

"It's a blessing, right. That's all I got. Without this program, without Narcotics Anonymous, I wouldn't have any of this," said Samantha Mansfield.

Thanks to the partnership between Vincent Village and the city, Mansfield, her fiance, and their children will move into one of six homes that's being rehabilitated for families in need. Another home will be demolished and rebuilt.

"We've been working on this house for a while. It has sat vacant for a year almost, so it feels really good to finally move a family in," said Denise Andorfer of Vincent Village.

Mansfield's fiance, Adam Simpson said the house is a a new beginning.

"It's a good opportunity. It's a gift," Simpson said.

Both Mansfield and Simpson previously lived at Vincent Village. Both have struggled with addiction, and a life on the streets. Now, they can look toward the future, and soon, so will other families.

"Having the money to work on foundations and roofs and furnaces, and really give these houses the attention they need, we need partners like the city of Fort Wayne and government funding to help us do that," Andorfer said.

The family will move into the home in the next couple weeks. The rest of the homes are expected to be completed by next Fall.

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