FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – Fort Wayne UNITED, in partnership with Mayor Tom Henry and the Fort Wayne Police Department Victim Support Service, announced the creation of the United Response Program to provide stipends to help to compensate for the burial costs of homicide victims.
United Response is an extension of Fort Wayne UNITED’s Meals 4 Healing program, designed to help families who have lost loved ones to homicide. The city of Fort Wayne said that a sub-committee of the Fort Wayne UNITED clergy developed the Meals 4 Healing program in 2018 and is currently helping 142 families.
Through the program, families of homicide victims work with a social worker from the victim support team and have the option of receiving meals while they mourn, the city said. If the family chooses to receive the service, hot meals are delivered to their homes by a church in Fort Wayne UNITED for seven days. Churches also provide the family with church contact details, free services, support groups, and victim assistance information for follow-up help, if needed.
The following churches have supported the United Response program:
- Come as you are
- Great Progressive Baptist Church
- Church of the sources
- Blackhawk Christian Church
- New Covenant Worship Center
To donate to United Response, visit cityoffortwayne.org.