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In a continued effort to empower and address the needs of crime victims impacted by violence and abuse, my Commission on Domestic Violence, Rape and Sexual Assault has launched a new website: www.endtheviolencefortwayne.org.

The website includes a “Get Help Now” button with information about what to do if the victim is in immediate danger, and a “Quick Exit” button which allows users to exit to Google with a single click if their abuser enters the room while they are searching for help. There is also a language support option on the page, which allows the user to choose from 58 languages.

In order to connect victims to the correct agency, based on their personal needs, the website features quick links to resources for domestic and family violence, and rape and sexual assault. There is a page dedicated to creating a safety plan, with information about how to prepare for the possibility of further violence. Much of the website is dedicated to informing victims of their rights and laws in reference to Child Molesting, Domestic Battery, Rape, Sexual Battery, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct with a Minor and Stalking.

My Commission on Domestic Violence, Rape and Sexual Assault is a critical component to the current and future success of Fort Wayne. The Commission works diligently to provide essential services to individuals in need in our community and this website is one more way to let individuals know that there are resources available to them. Violent crimes of any nature have no place in Fort Wayne and I appreciate and value the work that my Commission is doing to make Fort Wayne the best and safest city possible.

Fort Wayne Street Department crews have started collecting leaves and collections will occur two times in each neighborhood. For curbside leaf pick-up residents should rake leaves to the curb or park strip in front of their home, but not in the street. Leaves should be in the park strip by 7:00 a.m. on Monday of the week the leaves are to be collected for your area. Other yard waste should not be mixed with the leaves.

Residents can access daily collection updates at cityoffortwayne.org/leaves. There they will find a neighborhood schedule updated daily, a collection map and general leaf collection information. Residents may also call 427-2603 for daily updates.

If you place your leaves in biodegradable bags, you can schedule a pick-up. The City’s bagged leaf program allows residents to call 311 to schedule a pick-up. The bags should be placed at the curb and will be collected within two business days of the call to 311. This option gives residents the flexibility of having leaves collected at their convenience.

Here are some collection guidelines:

  • Rake leaves to the park strip by 7:00 a.m. on the first day of the week when crews will be in your area.
  • Don’t put leaves in your trash or recycling cart. This is against State of Indiana law.
  • Don’t burn leaves. It’s a violation of City Code and can result in a fine.
  • Don’t place leaves in the street.
  • Don’t place leaves in or over storm drains.
  • For safety, and to assist motorists, parents should remind children to not play in leaf piles near the street.

Recently, I announced the launch of Fort Wayne’s TenPoint Coalition, led by Fort Wayne UNITED. The TenPoint Coalition in Fort Wayne is a critical initiative that I’m so encouraged about as we come together to address challenges and work collectively to provide hope and new opportunities. Our goal is to help residents and neighborhoods grow and thrive in a safe environment.

Modeled after the successful Indianapolis TenPoint Coalition, Fort Wayne’s program will be the next step in positively influencing the lives of black males, families and neighborhoods by implementing proactive strategies to improve life outcomes, increase the quality of life and enhance community pride.

After collecting and reviewing data, the City has identified the Oxford Community Association as the first recipient of the City’s TenPoint Coalition initiative. Local TenPoint Coalition Foot Patrols will begin building relationships with Oxford neighborhood residents and will maintain a constant presence in the area. The focus will be on addressing youth gun violence as well as improving conditions and the quality of life for residents in the areas of education, health, and housing.

Trinity English Lutheran Church became the first financial partner to join with Fort Wayne UNITED in creating a TenPoint Coalition in Fort Wayne. With support from the following private donations and Attorney General Hill’s office, Fort Wayne UNITED has received the funding needed to launch Fort Wayne’s TenPoint Coalition: Sweetwater Sound, YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, Ambassador Enterprises, Arlan Friesen, Patti Hays, Wallen Baptist Church, Liz and Derek Berkes from Waiter On The Way, and Parkview Health.

Tom Henry - Fort Wayne Mayor

A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Mayor Thomas C. Henry is committed to public and community service. He was elected to his first term as Fort Wayne's Mayor November 6, 2007. Mayor Henry authors the "Message from the Mayor" column. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer