Frequently Asked Questions
How many people have you served?
Since 2000, we have served more than 1,500 people. The majority of guests are children ranging in age from infants through high school. Adults range from age 18 to 60, although most are in their 20s or 30s. We are the only local emergency shelter providing housing for homeless families. Professional staff assist guests 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
What is the average length of stay in the shelter?
Our goal is to transition guests to stable housing and employment through participation in our program. Our average length of stay is 30 days, down from 40 days just last year, meaning we are connecting our residents to their next steps in life even faster than before.
What do school-age children do while at the shelter?
All minor children attend their school while residing at the shelter. Fort Wayne Community Schools will assist with transportation for the students, if needed.
Do your guests receive training?
Just Neighbors offers budgeting, job search, household management and other supportive services to help guests return to self-sufficiency.
How do volunteers help?
Annually, more than 800 volunteers from 30 local congregations provide volunteers as well as donations of food and other items that families need. Daily, volunteers prepare home-made meals, and share friendly conversation and after-dinner activities with our children and families.
Do you offer tours of the shelter or speakers for programs?
We are pleased to provide a speaker for programs about homelessness and how the community can get involved. We can offer a tour of our shelter to small groups. Contact us for information.