FW Women’s Bureau- Saving lives through programs and education
Sep29

FW Women’s Bureau- Saving lives through programs and education

Since 1981, the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau has helped over 350,000 people in Northeast Indiana. Their mission is to ‘Advance women through advocacy, education and economic empowerment’. Led by the new (as of July 2013) Executive Director, Kathleen Alter, the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau achieves their mission through three different programs. Transitions is a residential program which has 24/7 supervision for women who are pregnant or have young children to help them maintain a life free from drugs and alcohol. Transitions is the only program in the area that has intensive inpatient substance abuse services and allows women to bring their children. In 2013 the program earned a 3-year accreditation (highest score possible) from CARF (Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). REACT (Respond, Empower, Advocate, Collaborate, Treat) is there to help victims of rape and help to prevent rape through education and awareness. This program began in 1981 as the Rape Awareness Program. This program is the only one in the state that has a staff educator and education curriculum for people with disabilities. They offer individual and group therapy.  REACT staff are members of Mayor’s Commission Task Force on Sexual Assault, Indiana Sexual Primary Prevention Council, FWPD Victim Assistance Committee and others.   Dress for Success Fort Wayne is a new program for the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau as of May 2013.  As part of the global organization, it is the only affiliate in NE Indiana. The goal of this program is to not only provide professional attire for disadvantaged women, but to offer a network of support and career development. The Career Center (second phase) opened in February 2014 and offers assistance with resumes, cover letters, and job searches.   One of the biggest events to help sponsor the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau is ‘Walk a Mile In Her Shoes’ which took place this year on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Headwaters Park West.  This walk not only helps raise funds but raises awareness to the very ugly topic of sexual assault and violence. One in six American women are victims of sexual assault which means someone you know and care about has likely been a victim.  Be sure to check out this local event. The next upcoming event is still quite some time away but will be so much fun and help with your holiday shopping.  It’s a shopping trip to Chicago on Thursday, December 11, 2014.  The cost is $50.  You will need to call the Women’s Bureau for more information.   You can always volunteer.  Dress for Success is looking for volunteers for any amount of time you can donate. They do require all volunteers...

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SCAN: Preparing Parents. Protecting Children.
Sep12

SCAN: Preparing Parents. Protecting Children.

Since 1974 SCAN (Stop Child Abuse & Neglect), has helped eliminate abuse and neglect of children through family services, education and community partnerships in Northeast Indiana. SCAN believes every family has value. SCAN Programs: SCAN offers 8 prevention programs (with many families in more than just one program): Community Partners /Network is the largest program which offers one-on-one in-home case management and crisis intervention to help struggling parents have their children return back to their home. Healthy Families offers free support to Allen County families with newborns up to 90 days old (for up to 3 years). Daybreak Crisis Homes are free of charge and available to children living in Allen County, who are under the age of 11, and going through a family crisis. Family Connections help families going through or are already divorced. Education Services are free to children ages 3-18 and adults. This program offers workshops about preventing child abuse and neglect, bullying and gun safety. Read to Me supplies free new or gently used books to children ages 0-18. Statewide Quality Assurance/Technical Training is provided to 56 sites in Indiana.  Maternal Infant Early Child Oversight is provided to 10 sites in Indiana. Be SomeOne Now is a joint program with WorkOne Northeast which provides education and employment opportunities to individuals aged 16-21. SCAN also offers five restoration programs for families who are referred by the Indiana Department of Child Services and Juvenile Probation: Home-Based Casework Services provides in-home one-on-one services to parents to help them become nurturing competent parents. Visitation Facilitation helps to keep children safe and teach parents skills in coping with their children. Home-Based Therapy provides assistance while recovering from abuse in a family’s natural environment. Homemaker Services helps parents learn how to clean a home and care for a child. Intensive Intervention Team is a crisis response program focused on rapidly correcting problems that may lead to the removal of children from the home. SCAN Projects: The Joan Sherman Program started in 2011, in partnership with the Devereux Center, and further develops resiliency programs for children and adults who have experienced abuse and neglect; and works to prevent the cycle of abuse and neglect. Families engaged in SCAN’s Supervised Visitation program are invited to voluntarily participate. Parents learn to strengthen the ‘within’ protective factors of their children who are victims which will then increase their resilience. Evidence shows those children who have those protective factors with the external resiliency building supports are more successful academically, less likely to be in the criminal justice system and have fewer long-term mental and physical health problems. All of  which are to important to the success of ending the cycle of abuse and...

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The City of Church Conventions
Aug01

The City of Church Conventions

  With Fort Wayne’s well-known status as the ‘City of Churches’, many religious events take place in the Summit City.  Washington Times named Fort Wayne the ‘City of Church Conventions’. A Few Major Fall Events: 1.  August 14 – 15 will be the Global Leadership Summit hosted at the Embassy Theatre brought to you by Blackhawk Ministries. The Global Leadership Summit attracts many Christian leaders focusing on Christ-centered leadership.  This event is experienced by over 170,000 leaders throughout the world representing 14,000 churches and translated in 45 languages. “WCA’s passion is to help leaders worldwide—men and women—realize God’s vision for their lives, churches and communities. We share ideas and build partnerships. Through The Global Leadership  Summit (TGLS), Partners, and WCA Membership we deliver vision and inspiration to resourced regions; and we bring training and opportunity to under-resourced areas.” 2.  Enjoying Union with God Weekend is September 26th – 28th and is free of charge. Speakers are:  Ordained ministers Andre and Mary-Ann Rabe, teacher and leader Steve Hill and founder of the Fire House Projects, Matt Spinks.  ‘There is a revelation of God’s pure and unconditional Grace that is being revealed once again to humanity!  We want to invite you to a weekend of immersion and experience of this Grace, found in Jesus Christ!’ 3.  On September 13, 2014 the City of Churches will be the site for Beth Moor’s ‘Living Proof Live’ presented by the largest Christian supplier of books and resources, LifeWay. Beth Moore is an author and teacher.  She lives in Houston, Texas where she leads her adult bible study and attends church where her son-in-law serves as the Pastor.  She believed early on that God was calling her to lead.  With her story-telling ability, she has written many books, Bible studies and devotionals. During this non-denominational event, Beth Moore will focus on women living and loving Christian lives.  Travis Cotrell, musician and song-writer, will lead the worship service during the event on September 13 from 9:30am – 4:15pm at the War Memorial Coliseum. 4.  The Salvation Army Ministry will be hosting its 6th annual charity ball and auction titled ‘Return to Neverland Charity’ on October 4, 2014. To help local families in need, The Salvation Army Ministry is hosting this event at its location on 2901 N. Clinton at 7pm.  They are now accepting donations and event sponsorships.   Also, swag bags will be given to the first 50 people who purchase tickets.   With fall almost here, school starting, holidays approaching, and then the long dreary winter months shortly thereafter, being spiritually renewed can be quite a benefit. Be sure to take advantage of one of these great...

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Independence Day in the Fort
Jun26

Independence Day in the Fort

On July 4th in 1843, Fort Wayne held the largest Independence Day celebration ever with the Grand Opening Celebration of the Wabash Erie Canal.  It took place on ‘The Summit’ (Fort Wayne’s nickname for the highest point along the canal).  All were invited, including leaders of our nation.  Boats lined the canal.  The parade was a mile long and took place on the Public Square where soldiers from the war of 1812 displayed our nations colors and marched to the Thomas Swinney Farm.  Crowds gathered at the Swinney Farm while bands played and a potential presidential candidate gave a speech followed by the firing of a cannon. Today in Fort Wayne, locals and visitors alike will be having fun celebrating the 4th of July by getting out the picnic table, the checkered table cloths, the red, white and blue center pieces, and firing up the grill!  We will enjoy the traditional 4th of July fare consisting of hot dogs and hamburgers, potato salad, baked beans and cool lemonade – all while anxiously awaiting the magnificent fireworks display. This year, the fireworks display, as many of you already know, will be downtown at One Summit Square at 10pm or when the Tincaps game is over.  Before the fireworks show and after the picnic, take a tour of downtown and see all the changes taking place.  Take a trolly ride, go on the Pedal City tour or enjoy the summer weather by taking a walk or biking and exploring all the new Sculptures with a Purpose. Whatever you end up doing, have fun and stay safe!  Happy 4th of July! EVENTS OUTSIDE OF FORT WAYNE AUBURNJuly 3-5, 2014:  Garrett Heritage Days July 5, 2014:  Auburn Kiwanis Fireworks | Auburn Auction Park | 10 PM BLUFFTONJuly 4, 2014:  Fourth of July Celebration and Concert | Bluffton High School | 8-9:50 PM July 4, 2014:  Bluffton Fireworks Show | Bluffton-Harrison Middle School | 10 PM COLUMBIA CITYJuly 3, 2014:  Columbia City Fireworks and Entertainment | Morsches Park | 10 PM KENDALLVILLEJuly 4, 2014:  Kendallville Fireworks | Bixler Lake off of Park Ave. | At Dusk HUNTINGTONJuly 4-6, 2014:  Salamonie Summer Fest + Fireworks | Warren, Indiana July 4, 2014:  Huntington Fireworks Show | Huntington North High School | 10 PM...

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Missions in the City of Churches
Jun23

Missions in the City of Churches

Being the ‘city of churches’ comes with many opportunities to serve.  Whatever the age, wherever you go, there are always people in need.  Missionary work is one way to serve, and I am lucky enough to sponsor my 14 year old daughter in her mission trip to Costa Rica.  She gives a preview of what will be happening while she is there.        “I am excited to be going to Costa Rica.      “The main reason I decided to go was to start my mission to change lives all over the world. When I decided to go, my mom and dad were really supportive of my decision. They are proud to see me go and change lives in the name of the Lord. I am a little nervous to go, but I know that God will be with me the whole time and make sure I am okay.            What I will be doing in Costa Rica is helping kids in three orphanages, working on construction, hosting a VBS, and so much more.  One of the main things I am really looking forward to is handling the babies and smaller children. When we work on VBS, we will be putting on two dramas, hosting games, crafts, and hosting the lessons.” I am very proud of her and can’t wait to hear her stories.  Stories of not only how she changed the lives of others, but how her life is forever changed.  (I will be sure to keep you posted in my next blog.) There are so many ways to serve others and no matter what your religion, service is important.  During the summer months, be sure to check with your church and/or temple to find out how you can serve others. Or maybe just help a neighbor who is not able to mow their lawn and let me know your...

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