News release from the YWCA Northeast Indiana:
YWCA Northeast Indiana Breaks Ground on New Facility!
(March 24, 2016) – As part of YWCA Northeast Indiana’s Campaign for Dignity, YWCA Northeast Indiana broke ground on their new facility on the Southeast side of Fort Wayne which will house its Domestic Violence Crisis Shelter, Hope House Division, Community and Education Programs, as well as administrative offices.
This $3.6 million project will result in YWCA Northeast Indiana’s ability to serve even more families in crisis in Northeast Indiana. Our Crisis Shelter will increase from 45 to 65 beds, and provide family pods for privacy and security. Our Hope House division will be able to serve more chemically dependent homeless women by increasing the number of beds from 20 to 30. A new conference room will allow for English as a Second Language and Citizenship classes to continue to thrive, as well as a place for the community to gather in support of YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.
“It is an honor for us to be able to bring dignity back to lives of the people we serve as we help them move from crisis to self-sufficiency” said YWCA Northeast Indiana President and CEO, Debby Beckman. “We are thrilled to be able to invest in the Southeast side of Fort Wayne, and help foster a sense of community in the area.”
To date, YWCA Northeast Indiana has raised nearly $2.8 million toward its goal and anticipates the project will be completed by mid-December of 2016.
About the YWCA
The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For over a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Over 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S. Worldwide, the YWCA, serves more than 25 million women and girls in 125 countries.
Since 1894, YWCA Northeast Indiana which serves Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley counties has given voice to the concerns of women and provided services to meet the changing needs of women and their families. A nonprofit organization, the YWCA operates Indiana’s oldest domestic violence shelter, providing shelter and services to women, men and children escaping domestic violence. The YWCA welcomes the interest and participation of both women and men committed to this vision. The organization receives support from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other groups, and is a United Way Partner Agency in each county served.