Waynedale Curves is currently asking the local community to help gather backpacks for the homeless. The new or “gently used” backpacks will be donated to the Ave Maria House, a shelter for people with nowhere else to go during the day.
The Ave Maria House is sponsored by St Mary’s Church and is located at 432 Madison Street, just across from the church and soup kitchen. The facility operates from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
St. Mary’s parishioner Dottie Carpenter says, “Some of the homeless have no place to go during the day,” noting the Rescue Mission closes its temporary shelter during the day. “They get tossed around, they get tired of being in the library, and maybe just need a place to go for a cup of coffee, a place to clean up, do laundry, a game of checkers or some conversation.”
Volunteers help staff the Ave Marie House and pastoral counseling is available. Visitors have access to phones that can be used to call family members, doctors, and for other essential uses. Newspapers are on hand so they can look at the job ads.
The backpacks are needed for the homeless so they can better carry their few belongings with them. Your donations may be dropped off at Curves, 5909 Bluffton Road in Wayne Plaza from 9am-6pm, Monday- Friday. Donations will be accepted through December 19.
“While we work to improve the lives of women in the Fort Wayne area through Curves, we also feel it is important to reach out to others in our community,” said Mary Stark the owner of Waynedale Curves. “It’s apparent to us that St. Mary’s Church cares about the lives and the health of the people in our community. We are proud to be able to partner with them to help the homeless of Fort Wayne.”
“Whatever you do for the least of your brothers, that you do unto me.”
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