YWCA Northeast Indiana

Fort Wayne, Indiana
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YWCA Northeast Indiana is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Breaking the cycle of violence

The YWCA first opened in Fort Wayne in 1894, serving as a safe place for working women to meet. Soon after, it opened the first cafeteria in Fort Wayne and became a safe housing location for single women. Nearly 40 years ago, the YWCA founded the first domestic violence shelter for women and children fleeing abuse. Today, the Crisis Shelter provides services to women, children and some men fleeing domestic violence. It remains the only domestic violence shelter in Northeast Indiana.

The primary goal of the YWCA’s continuum of care is for families to improve and meet their own needs, moving them from crisis to stability by connecting them to existing community resources. Case managers provide direct support to families escaping domestic violence. Programs provide a structured environment for homeless women battling substance abuse to manage their addictions and become self-sufficient. Often these women also have been victims of domestic violence.

The YWCA focuses on a strengths-based approach that empowers clients to set achievable, life-improving goals. Through one-on-one case management, clients in its residential facility, as well as its community-based programs, are helped with meeting their basic needs, exploring options to break the cycle of violence, and remaining safe.