Serve. Unite. Provide. Support.

Our Mission

Just Neighbors IHN's mission is to serve homeless families by uniting faith community volunteers and local agencies in a cooperative effort to provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive, compassionate and ongoing support.

Just Neighbors IHN Program Objectives:

  • Provide shelter, meals and case management for homeless families.
  • Assist families in finding a home.
  • Refer homeless families to appropriate agencies for job training/retraining and family services.
  • Increase volunteerism and advocacy to meet the needs of low income and homeless families.

  • Provide support during the housing crisis and during the post-placement period of transition to self-sufficiency.

 

Our Vision

Our vision is that families who are homeless in our community will have access to the services and support they need to become self-sufficient.

 

Our Video

View our video, A New Beginning, to meet three families who found help and hope at Just Neighbors IHN.  


How the Community Benefits

 

A significant number of families served by Just Neighbors IHN have transitioned to stable housing and employment through participation in our program. All participants receive training in budgeting, job search and skills, and other supportive services to help them return to self-sufficiency.

The Just Neighbors IHN model is an innovative and effective program where professional staff and trained volunteers work together with other social service providers to assist families in their time of need. In addition to the participating congregations and organizations that comprise our local network, Just Neighbors IHN works closely with numerous social service agencies.

Families are often first referred to Just Neighbors IHN by United Way’s 211 Helpline, other social service agencies and shelters, schools, congregations and their clergy. Once a family is settled in at Just Neighbors IHN, we continue to work closely with local agencies to ensure that guests receive the appropriate services to best meet their specific needs.

Area agencies partnering with Just Neighbors IHN include:

  • Vincent Village
  • 211 United Way
  • Matthew 25
  • The Allen County Housing Consortium
  • Division of Children’s Services
  • Planning Council on Homelessness
  • Brightpoint (formerly CANI)
  • City of Fort Wayne
  • Wayne Township Trustee Office
  • Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • Easy Wayne Street Center
  • Associated Churches Food Bank
  • Catholic Charities
  • Lutheran Social Services

 

Just Neighbors IHN will work with all agencies that serve homeless and "working poor" families. By partnering with existing agencies and trained volunteers, Just Neighbors IHN reduces the overall cost to the community-at-large.

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