The Rescue Mission
The Rescue Mission's current space on Superior Street has become outdated and inadequate for the needs of Fort Wayne’s underserved homeless population. As stated on the Rescue Mission’s website, “Real communities don’t just live with each other; they love each other.” The Rescue Mission's new facility on the corner of Washington and Lafayette will help complete the community picture for the thriving downtown, bringing additional resources, services, and living spaces to this part of the Fort Wayne population. The building will house the community meals programs, as well as emergency housing and short- and long-term housing for men experiencing a homeless crisis. Ministry, meeting, and other support services and administrative offices will be supported on site.
The needs of the homeless community are great. Their needs include social protections that prevent people from becoming unhoused, programs that ensure that no one will be unhoused for more than a very brief period, policies that correct historic and systemic biases, and adequate support and ministry services for addictions, physical health, mental health, and spiritual health. The new Rescue Mission will be designed to support all of these needs, and help strengthen the community within Fort Wayne.