January 11, 2024 - The winter contingency/emergency shelter plan that’s in place for the community for the winter season will expand over the next several days due to the anticipated cold temperatures and wind chills.

In addition to the services listed below, the Salvation Army, 2901 N. Clinton St., will become a warming station on Sunday, Jan. 14 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, Jan. 16-Friday, Jan. 19 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

*The Rescue Mission is a 24-hour facility and offers a warming shelter at 404 E. Washington Blvd., which is open to the public from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 7 days a week regardless of the outdoor temperature.

*Just Neighbors is a 24-hour facility - families who need shelter should call (260) 458-9772. Once full, families will be directed to check in at The Rescue Mission between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to request emergency overnight services.

*St. Joseph Missions Women’s Shelter is a 24-hour facility - single unaccompanied women who need shelter should call (260) 426-7358. Once full, women will be directed to check in at The Rescue Mission between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

We’re fortunate to have these partners in our community providing 24-hour services – The Rescue Mission, Just Neighbors, and St. Joseph Missions Women’s Shelter. The Salvation Army is a valued partner as a daytime shelter. What you’ll find from each of these agencies is that if they’re not able to accommodate what an individual or family may need, they will work to find options to help keep people safe.

*Part-time seasonal staff will be deployed amongst Just Neighbors, St. Joseph Missions Women’s Shelter, and The Rescue Mission in order to provide additional bed nights during the winter contingency/emergency shelter plan for unsheltered individuals.

*The Rescue Mission offers emergency weather bed nights when the temperature is below 32 degrees to men and women who need overnight shelter. Individuals must be at least 18 years of age to receive an emergency weather bed night. Individuals must be sober when they arrive and not have any active warrants.

*If an individual believes they are ineligible for services at The Rescue Mission, they are encouraged to call (260) 426-7357 ext. 156 between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to inquire about their status and explore other short-term options.

The City of Fort Wayne has provided a grant of $30,000 through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to assist the implementation of the winter contingency/emergency shelter plan.