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National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

This week is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission has events going on daily to help raise funds.
This week is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission has events going on daily to help raise funds.

With temperatures in the low 30's most evening, a lot of us take our warm bed for granted.  Unfortunately, for an estimated 2500 people in the Fort Wayne area, they don't have the luxury of being warm at night. They are homeless.

"Even just a little bit of dampness from your breath in the wintertime is really cold, but if you've got a couple candles burning it take the chill."

This is Butch Strong, recovering alcoholic and shelter resident.  At age 16, Butch had a full on drinking problem that resulted in 10 driving while intoxicated charges, and even a year and a half in prison.

"I didn't even think that was a problem, ya know? I never got sick.  I'd pass out, but that's how I started my mornings."

Butch is now 4 months sober, and going to start school in January.  Rescue Mission Development Coordinator Leesa Huston says stories like his are what the shelter is all about.

"Yes, we provide shelter, we provide food for the hungry but it's about bringing people in and transforming their lives."

Butch is thankful for the Rescue Mission's help in starting school and restoring relationships with his family.

"It's been an unbelievable life change, I just can't imagine how far down I'd actually gotten."

The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission has events to help raise funds to reach more people. 

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