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Download our 2016 Annual Report and read about highlights of the year, program outcomes, the financial report, and see photos of families and volunteers or download our most recent newsletter. Prior annual reports and newsletters are listed below in NEWS ARCHIVE. 

2016 Annual Report

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Fall 2017 Newsletter


Free Simple Wills Drafted

Lawyers are drafting free simple wills during the "Write a Will" week sponsored by the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana.  There is no charge for the simple will if a charitable bequest is made to a non-profit organization, payable upon the individual's death.

A simple will allows for the naming of a personal representative for the estate, for simple direct distribution of assets, and follows all applicable state requirements for witnesses and signatures.

To participate, contact Jane McGraw at 458-9772 or by October 9.  The event will be held at Just Neighbors on Thursday, Oct. 26, 11:30 -1:30.  Appointment required.  

Timothy Logan from Benson, Pantello, Morris, James and Logan LLP is participating.  He is member of the Indiana state and Allen County Bar Associations. 



Join us for ...



Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017   6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

         IPFW Walb Classic Ballroom

 Enjoy appetizers and soup.  Cash bar.  Silent auction. Take home a unique soup bowl made by University of St. Francis students.  $50/person.

Questions?  Contact Jane at 260-458-9772 or

    Register at:  Eventbrite

    OR send check with names of guests to Just Neighbors IHN,

    2925 E State Blvd., Ft Wayne IN 46805


Learn about sponsorship benefits here: 

       Corporate Sponsorship Information  

Corporate Sponsorship Registration Form


Thanks to our 2017 corporate sponsors!



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Pkv logo



Crowe Horwath logo

PNC logo

Vann Family Foundation


Paul Davis logo

Franklin Electric



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Barnes & Thornburg logo

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was a great success thanks to our
generous community.
Sponsors and friends helped us
raise more than $35,000 for 
a first-time event.  Thank you!
Rev. Terry Anderson, executive director, said:  "Just Dinner with Just Neighbors was a very special and successful evening -- a significant step forward in our organizational life -- enabling us to serve even better the families of our commuity that are often lost or left behind in the crisis of homelessness."

Two hundred guests filled the Ballroom at the University of St. Francis Robert Goldstein Performing Arts Center on November 12, 2016.  They were treated to appetizers, a bowl of soup for dinner, live music, and a take-home soup bowl made by the University of St. Francis students.  A silent auction offered a variety of items.  The slide presentation during the evening provided  information about Just Neighbors IHN.  A short video, "A New Beginning" by Brad Bores Films featured three families sharing their stories of homelessness.  

JUST DINNER benefits Fort Wayne's only emergency shelter serving homeless families.

Photo Credit:  Jill Sloffer Photography


Bowl of chili             Table with legos house       

 Choose chili, potato or vegetable soup               Cub Scouts #3055 made Legos houses

  House cookie      Musician     

         Pembroke Bakery house cookies                           Aaron Smith, musician

Auction items            Guests from USF     

                   Silent Auction                                           25 tables of guests

    Terry & Susan      USF students bowls

           Susan Boyd & Terry Anderson                       USF students' beautiful bowls

                                                  Some of our guests

Staff at table        Slide show   

   Porch ladies table    



Special thanks to our corporate sponsors!


Pkv logo


          Rea logo




 Barnes & Thornburg logo


Crowe Horwath logo


PNC logo           


pyromation logo


USF logo   


Vann Family Foundation




Franklin Electric




Paul Davis logo







AEP logo









2015 Annual Report

Download our 2015 Annual Report and read about highlights of the year, program outcomes, the financial report, and enjoy photos of children, families, and volunteers.  



Fall 2016 Newsletter, A New Beginning

February 2014 Happenings Newsletter


Sleeping baby


It’s a New Day at Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network

It’s a new day for Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network. For nearly ten years Just Neighbors IHN utilized a small, overcrowded home on Gay Street as a day center and housed homeless families at various church locations during the night. Though Just Neighbors IHN “host congregations” were extraordinarily kind, generous, and hospitable to their “guests,” it became increasingly clear through the years that moving from site to site on a weekly basis was difficult for families, especially children, already traumatized by homelessness. After considerable discussion and soul-searching, Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network board conducted a capital campaign and obtained a federal grant to purchase land, renovate buildings, and provide a more stable residential facility for families.

The facility at 2925 East State Blvd. is now a reality! Families now reside in private bedrooms and share the common areas of kitchen, family-room, and playroom for children. While Just Neighbors IHN remains an emergency shelter (and in fact is the only area emergency shelter for homeless families), these families consistently report that they feel more “at home” through the crisis of homelessness. At the new Just Neighbors IHN family center, families find a firm foundation from which to take their first steps toward a return to independence and self-sufficiency.

Another significant impact of the expanded facilities of Just Neighbors IHN is that we are able to serve so many more families in need. More than double the number of family members can now receive shelter and services. With the current economic crisis facing our nation, more and more people have desperately needed crisis housing. Just Neighbors IHN is better positioned than ever before to respond to this need with welcoming hearts and professional case management. Just Neighbors IHN was founded from the challenge and call to serve the “least of these” in our community. Now we can serve better than ever before.

Most families coming to Just Neighbors IHN have left difficult, desperate circumstances. They may have been living in an apartment without electricity or heat. They may have been living in their car. They may have been “bouncing” from the home of one family member to another. They may have been “split apart” to access services available only to homeless individuals. At Just Neighbors IHN they now have a place to think of as their own. While it is a key part of our mission to move families forward toward self-sufficiency and independence as quickly as possible, it is just as important that they feel welcome during their stay with us. The warm welcome so characteristic of Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network is given even greater expression in our new family center.

In the new Just Neighbors IHN facility, volunteers from host congregations now come to the East State location to provide the evening meal, fellowship with guests, and read and play with children. These volunteers continue to be the heart of Just Neighbors IHN ministry. Just as guest families have lost their homes, so too have they lost a sense of self-esteem and identity. Meaningful engagement with congregational volunteers helps to affirm our guests as the valuable human beings they are. The relationship among guests and volunteers is a remarkable experience of learning and growing for all. The increased space afforded by the renovated and expanded family center provides many more opportunities for a variety of activities shared by guests and volunteers.

To all who made the new Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network family center a reality: Thank you so much! Your generosity and kindness have already touched the lives of many people. Your goodwill and compassionate action promise to have a positive impact on families for generations to come.

Please contact us to find out how your congregation or group can become a part of Just Neighbors IHN Network of service!

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