Housing, Shelter

INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK OF GREATER FORT WAYNE

aka Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network

Ft Wayne, IN

Mission

To serve homeless families by uniting religious congregations, community volunteers and local agencies in a cooperative effort to provide shelter, meals and compassionate, comprehensive professional support.

Ruling Year

1999

Executive Director

Rev. Joshua Gale

Main Address

2925 East State Blvd.

Ft Wayne, IN 46805 USA

Formerly Known As

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Fort Wayne

Keywords

Emergency shelter for homeless families

EIN

35-2089785

 Number

4942329166

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Emergency family homelessness in the Greater Fort Wayne, IN area.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Just Neighbors Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families,

Homeless people

Related program

Just Neighbors Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families,

Homeless people

Related program

Just Neighbors Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of youth and families for whom a strengths-based assessment is completed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families,

Homeless people

Related program

Just Neighbors Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families,

Homeless people

Related program

Just Neighbors Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families,

Homeless people

Related program

Just Neighbors Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars distributed for utilities assistance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families,

Homeless people

Related program

Just Neighbors Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of partner churches

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families,

Homeless people

Related program

Just Neighbors Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average length of stay (in days)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Homeless people,

Families

Related program

Just Neighbors Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

In response to the crisis of homelessness, Just Neighbors provides food, shelter and clothing to meet families' immediate needs. Our goal is to help families become and remain self-sufficient.
We are the only shelter in our community which accepts families. (Other shelters accept single males or single females; one shelter accepts mothers and children.) We operate at capacity year-round, and refer many families to other community resources when our shelter is full.

During their stay with us, adults meet regularly with staff to assess the family's needs and to determine progress on fulfilling educational goals, finding employment, and locating permanent housing. This is done in negotiation with families, so that they determine their own future.

In addition, we participate in community collaboratives to address systemic issues that contribute to homelessness. This results in increased community system-wide efficiency and effectiveness of services.

We provide comprehensive case management, education and support groups, tutoring and mentoring to help families build the skills and resources they need to return to self-sufficiency. We help families arrange child care and assist children to remain in or return to school.

Our policies are designed to increase accountability and enhance the self-discipline of our clients by requiring them to observe program rules, to develop personal and family goal plans, and follow these plans to achieve specific goals related to housing, employment and budgeting. Families accept responsibility for determining their own future and choosing a path to self-sufficiency that develops accountability and self-discipline.

We work closely with a variety of government programs, human service agencies, and community ministries to connect our clients with a wide range of services to obtain and maintain employment and transitional or permanent housing.

We have the staff, volunteers, and community support to achieve our goals. Our case managers are knowledgeable about the resources available in our community and how to help families find the services they need. We work with other shelters and refer single homeless individuals to the program or shelter that best suits their needs. Through the Planning Council on Homelessness (other agencies serving the homeless, including United Way and the City of Fort Wayne), we participate in community-wide efforts to address systemic issues that contribute to homelessness.

Our community has been generous in supporting our programs. More than 800 volunteers from 30 congregations prepare and serve meals daily. These congregations also support Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network with in-kind contributions of clothing, linens, bedding, and children's books, games and toys; and with facility maintenance and repair as carpenters, electricians, and plumbers. Some congregations provide financial support as well.

We use a program model which focuses on acceptance and respect of each individual. Our warm welcome to clients and volunteers fosters an accepting and cooperative culture in our family center.

Low income families in our community continue to face challenges in supporting their families. They may come to Just Neighbors after 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 lost jobs when their car broke down and they did not have money for repairs or when they experienced a medical catastrophe.

Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network opened its doors to families in 2000. We used available space in local churches to provide night-time shelter for families. Each morning the families were transported to our day center in a small house in downtown Fort Wayne. The maximum daily capacity of the program was 14 individuals. In February of 2009, Just Neighbors moved to a new facility with a family center/shelter and staff office space so that it could increase capacity to 40 clients and provide on-site services. Since 2007, Just Neighbors has more than doubled the number of families served annually. Today, we serve nearly 300 individuals in 60+ families each year.

Indicators of progress are the security offered to homeless families with our shelter and the supportive services which help them prepare for independent living; the increased numbers served; the evolution to a program model in which families stay at the same site until they can move to transitional or permanent housing; the high percentage of adults who find employment; and the focus on children's needs and continued enrollment in their school during the period of homelessness.

Based on our experience working with homeless families for more than 15 years and our staff members' extensive experience in social services, we have developed sound programs and practices, documented by such outcomes as (1) the percentage of families we served who moved from homelessness to stable housing improved from 55% in 2001 to 83% in 2015; (2) a gradual increase to 73% for the number of parents obtaining living-wage employment; and (3) the number of individuals served each year grew from 67 in 2000 to 295 in 2015.

Economic and social conditions as under-employment and limited affordable housing have resulted in our family shelter remaining consistently at capacity. As a result, we seek to expand our case management services to track families for whom our services are not appropriate or available. By tracking and maintaining professional contact with these families, we seek to assist those who may be homeless and indigent through their crisis without need for shelter.

External Reviews

External Assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Financials

INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK OF GREATER FORT WAYNE

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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