FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission is celebrating a big donor with a new name for one of its shelters.
Charis House is adding the names Gladys and Carolyn C. Wolf to its title.
This naming is to honor the mother and wife of W. Paul Wolf, who donated over $1 million to the shelter.
Charis House provides housing and rehabilitation programs for local women and children.
Wolf’s donation is a part of a 6-year fundraising campaign designed to help the Rescue Mission pay off debt from the shelter’s construction.
“I didn’t inherit a penny. And I think giving it back into the community where you earn your dollars, and that’ll enhance people to come, generations to come, by investing with them now," said W. Paul Wolf. "And this is a good program.”
“This was a complete surprise that one person would emerge, especially an individual who had a connection with the Rescue Mission some 50-plus years ago," said Rescue Mission President and CEO Donovan Coley. "I think it is a miracle, it is a God thing, for this gentleman to emerge to be such an incredible gift to the Rescue Mission.”
Wolf’s donation puts the Rescue Mission roughly $3 million away from their $23 million target.