Serving families in need is good news.

 

EVENTS
JUST DINNER with JUST NEIGHBORS
was a great success thanks to our
generous community.
Sponsors and friends helped us
raise more than $30,000 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    

 

                                               

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS

Special thanks to our corporate sponsors!

PLATINUM   

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          Rea logo

 

 

 GOLD

 Barnes & Thornburg logo

 

Crowe Horwath logo

  

PNC logo           

 

pyromation logo

 

USF logo   

                   

Vann Family Foundation

 

 

SILVER

Franklin Electric

 

nipsco

 

Paul Davis logo

 

BRONZE

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AEP logo

 

 

lgo             

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 NEWS

Since 2000, Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network has served our community through the hands of generous and loving community partners and leaders. Please consider a donation today.

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.  

 

Newsletters

Download the latest newsletter to learn more about Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network.

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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