FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Ten non-profits will be able to serve Allen County residents better thanks to a federal grant.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry announced Thursday 10 local non-profits that will receive some of the $360,000 available in the federal Community Development Block Grant awarded to the city. The grant’s purpose is to help low and moderate-income residents with shelter, basic needs, employment skills and youth development.
“It’s important for our community to work together to make a meaningful difference for individuals and families in need of opportunities for a better future,” said Henry.
The following non-profits will recieve grants:
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne‘s Passport to Manhood, is a mentoring program for at-risk boys and young men
- BrightPoint, a program providing translation services for immigrants and refugees
- Catholic Charities, a program to mentor families living in shelters
- Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network, a resource coordinator for families in need of shelter
- Literacy Alliance, a program providing instruction for adults whose reading level measures below fifth grade
- Lutheran Social Services, a program that provides comprehensive training and coaching for unemployed or underemployed people
- Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana‘s Wellness Recovery Action Plan, a program helping individuals living in permanent supportive and transitional housing manage mental illness and/or addiction
- SCAN (Courtyard Services for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care), a program supporting an overnight case manager to provide life skills training to Courtyard residents
- Wellspring, a food bank and clothing shop
- YWCA, employment services to empower homeless people living in transitional or crisis shelters
Non-profits wanting to receive a grant must fill out an application. A committee of social service professionals score the applications and give a recommendation on where the funding should go.