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Helping The Overwhelmed ~ Voice Of The Township

At the Wayne Township Trustee Office we try not only to help people with financial assistance when they become overwhelmed, we try to go beyond the immediate need by providing tools and advice to help them get on top of their situations.

We do this in various ways; we hold regular orientation classes for our clients where we bring in experts on a wide range of topics, from the best ways to find and hold a good job, to making living spaces energy efficient, to eating well and feeding a family healthily and economically, to opening a checking account and learning the ropes of banking- all life skills that can make a difference in people’s situations. Sometimes this is called offering a hand up rather than a handout.

Often we find that by the time someone comes to us they are so emotionally stressed by their problems that they need some calming down before we can get to the point of being able to offer the practical assistance to address their immediate needs.

The investigators here who do the case work are all well-versed not only in handling the intricacies of township assistance; they know how to pay attention to and address our clients’ other needs as well, like getting their stress under control.

Investigator Andrea Martinez was recently in our Employee Spotlight here at the Trustee Office. She has worked at Wayne Township for about five years, all of them as an investigating case worker. The thing she likes best about her job is working with clients, and she likes a challenge. Sometimes someone needing help brings in all the paperwork they can get their hands on, just to make sure they don’t have to leave and come back again because they forgot something. Andrea likes working with those cases because she is an expert at paper organizing. In fact, in her off-hours she runs her own business helping people get organized.

“Sometimes clients will be so relieved when they get some help putting their things in order…their gratitude really makes this job worthwhile.”

Finally, we want to remind the community that we will be holding our annual Family Fun Day this year on July 29, 2023. This is a little later than our usual date, but the delay was necessary to get past all the construction we’ve had going on around our office. As usual the event will include lots of activities, games and refreshments, and we will be presenting our 2023 Richard A Stevenson, Sr. Scholarships and Academic Encouragement Awards. Everyone is welcome, so mark your calendars to come and join in the fun!

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Trustee Austin Knox is a Fort Wayne native who, on January 10, 2020, was unanimously elected trustee at a caucus of Democratic precinct committee leaders of Wayne Township. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer