Just Dinner to support emergency family shelter


Staff report

The Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network will sponsor a November fundraiser to support the group’s service to 300 people each year.

Just Dinner will be served from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Walb Union Classic Ballroom at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd. The cost is $50 per person. Send names of guests and a check to Just Neighbors IHN, 2925 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805, or register through Eventbrite at JustNeighborsIHN.org/news.php.

Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and soup, have access to a cash bar, bid on a silent auction, be entertained and hear a brief “Just Talk” program. Each person may take home a soup bowl made by University of Saint Francis students.

Just Neighbors IHN is the only Fort Wayne area emergency homeless shelter that provides for families to stay together during their temporary residence. Each year, more than 800 volunteers bring homemade dinners, dine with families and facilitate after-dinner family activities.

Since 1999, Just Neighbors has assisted more than 2,000 people. Families typically spend 6 weeks in residence while they work on finding a job, housing and other resources that will help them return to self-sufficiency. The agency provides training in budgeting and referrals to resources.

“We enable families to stay together, to be safe and to move toward independent living,” the organization said in a statement.