Rescue Mission Responds to Violence Toward Homeless

Rescue Mission Responds to Violence Toward Homeless

The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission is responding to an increase in violence toward the homeless. The local non-profit said today that they are asking for the public's help to protect homeless residents.
We have gangs that are located as far away as Elkhart who would come to Fort Wayne and try to do a hit against the homeless as part of the initiation rights.
For 110 years, The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission has served as a safe haven for the hungry and homeless. With violence on the rise in the Summit City, The Rescue Mission says it's seen a wave of violence against the homeless. 

"For the last six to seven months we have seen an increase in reports of violence against the homeless and we have three most recent situations where even a 75 year-old individual who is staff at the Rescue Mission was attacked while he was on his way here riding his bicycle," says Rev. Donovan Coley, CEO and Senior Pastor at The Rescue Mission. 

Recent attacks did not happen on The Rescue Mission's property, but the mission's leadership team has asked Fort Wayne Police to patrol the area.

Rev. Coley told WFFT, "We have gangs that are located as far away as Elkhart who would come to Fort Wayne and try to do a hit against the homeless as part of the initiation rights."

The Rescue Mission is hosting an Annual Celebration Banquet this month. Rev. Donovan Coley hopes to exceed last year's donation of $50,000. 100% of the funds raised will go toward new cameras, lighting, alarms, and extra staff to protect The Rescue Mission. 

"I just got word that somebody will be providing a matching grant that night and so we're inviting individuals to come and provide much needed resources as their gifts will be matched that will go toward the security and other improvements around the Rescue Mission," says Rev. Coley.

The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission will host its Annual Celebration Banquet on October 17th at 6 p.m. at the Landmark Centre. If you are unable to attend but still wish to donate, you can do so on the rescue mission's website: http://www.therescuemission.net/ 
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