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Social Services Database

Students who are balancing school with growing families and jobs often need help to manage their competing responsibilities, while others may be coping with the after-effects of job loss and relocation.

The Center For Women and Returning Adults (CWRA) staff is always available to assist any student who is struggling with personal or economic challenges, with advice and referrals to organizations or agencies that can help them weather those challenges and stay in school.

The Social Services database is a comprehensive listing of social services organizations–both public and private–and their contact information

 The following is a list of social services agencies and programs organized by category:

BASIC NEEDS - CHILD CARE - CHILDREN’S SERVICES - CLOTHING - COUNSELING - DENTAL CARE - EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT (ADULTS) - FOOD - HEALTH SERVICES - EMERGENCY SHELTER -
HOUSING - LEGAL SERVICES - TRANSPORTATION

Please note: Although this is an extensive list,  this is not a complete listing of agencies and programs.

If you do not find a program or agency that can help you with your specific problem or issue, please call "211 - first call for help" or contact the CWRA coordinator for more assistance at (260) 281-4140 or at creekj@ipfw.edu

BASIC NEEDS

ALLEN COUNTY DIVISION OF FAMILY SERVICES
201 East Rudisill Boulevard Suite 100
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806
260.458.6200
Administers the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, which provides financial aid to qualified families with dependent children.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES
915 South Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.422.5625
Offers assessment, referrals and limited financial assistance to meet basic needs. By appointment only.
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES
330 Madison Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.426.3347

Provides financial assistance to qualified individuals in financial crisis when public funding is not available.
 
CHILD CARE
 
THE CHILDREN'S VILLAGE EARLY LEARNING CENTER
6613 South Anthony Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46816
260.744.0006

Provides affordable, high quality child care for children ages six weeks to five years old; program also provides inter-generational activities and relationship building with residents of Lutheran Homes; summer programs also available.
COMMUNITY ACTION OF NORTHEAST INDIANA, INC.
227 East Washington Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.423.3546 or 800.589.2264

Provides subsidized child care vouchers through the federal Child Care Development Fund for eligible low-income households. Parents must be working or in school. Also administers Head Start, which provides comprehensive education, health, nutritional and other services to low-income and special needs preschool children and their families; includes free immunizations, parent activities and family events.
EARLY CHILDHOOD ALLIANCE
3320 Fairfield Avenue
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.745.2501 or 800.423.1498

Provides information and referral services for families seeking child care, including care for children with special needs.

CHILDREN’S SERVICES
ALLEN COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SERVICES (DCS)
201 East Rudisill Boulevard, Suite 300
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806
260.458.6100

CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT HOTLINE:
800.800.5556
The DCS investigates reports of child abuse and neglect.
ALLEN COUNTY DIVISION OF FAMILY SERVICES
201 East Rudisill Boulevard, Suite 100
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806
260.458.6200

Administers Hoosier Healthwise for Children, a health insurance program for Hoosier children, pregnant women and low-income families, offered through Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration.
ALLEN COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
602 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.449.7641

Families with an absent parent are eligible for the Child Support Enforcement Program.
ASSOCIATED CHURCHES OF FORT WAYNE AND ALLEN COUNTY
602 East Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.422.3528

Associated Churches operates a network of emergency food pantries around the city. Call or download the list.
ANTHONY WAYNE SERVICES (AWS) INCORPORATED
8515 Bluffton Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809
260.744.
6145
Provides services and support to families of children and adults who are mentally or physically disabled, or at risk of developmental delays.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF FORT WAYNE, INC.
2609 Fairfield Avenue
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46807
260.744.0998

Club offers youth development programs in five core areas: education and career development, character and leadership development, health and life skills, the arts, and sports fitness and recreation.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES
915 South Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.422.5625

Children’s Cottage is a licensed, accredited child care center, providing services to 134 children ages six weeks to 12 years of age. The center also serves as a head Start program site.
CHILDREN’S MAD ANTHONY’S HOPE HOUSE
7922 West Jefferson Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
260.459.8550

Provides overnight lodging with kitchen facilities in a home-like and supportive environment for parents and families caring for hospitalized infants or children.
CHILDREN’S SPECIAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES
2 North Meridian Street, Suite 7B
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
800.475.1355

Provides supplemental medical coverage for children with severe, chronic medical conditions when families meet financial eligibility guidelines.
EAST ALLEN COUNTY SCHOOLS
1240 Indiana 930 East
New Haven, Indiana 46774
260.446.0100

Located within East Allen County Schools is Park Hill Center, a preschool program for children ages 3 to 5 and non school-eligible children who have identified educational disabilities. Pre-academic school work, speech therapy and language development, physical and occupational therapy are provided according to need.
EAST WAYNE STREET CENTER
801 East Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46803
260.422.6502

Provides Head Start program for 3, 4 and 5 year olds, involving families and children. Family literacy programs are also available.
FORT WAYNE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS-HOMELESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
1200 South Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.467.2120

The Homeless Assistance Program works with nine local shelters throughout the school year to place students in school, coordinate transportation and meet physical needs.
FORT WAYNE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS-SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
203 East Douglas Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.467.1110
 

Preschool special education program provides early intervention for children, ages 3 to 5, who have special needs.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE, INC.
2820 Reed Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806
260.456.5123
Preschool program for children ages 2 and up; a half-day program is available for kindergartners.
 
CLOTHING
 
ADVENTIST COMMUNITY SERVICES
228 West Lexington Avenue
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46807
260.745.1594

Provides free clothing to clients once a month.
FORT WAYNE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS-CLOTHING BANK
2900 North Anthony Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
260.467.2520

Parent Teacher Association Clothing Bank provides appropriate clothes, good shoes, warm coats and toiletries to Fort Wayne Community Schools students.
LIGHT OF THE CROSS OUTREACH MINISTRIES
2936 South Anthony Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806
260.387.7894 
Provides clothing on a first-come-first-served basis.
WOMEN’S CARE CENTER
823 Webster Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.424.9377

The Crib Club Program at the Women's Care Center provides pregnant women, parents or guardians of young children the opportunity to earn coupons that may be redeemed for new baby clothing, cribs, infant car seats, diapers and baby supplies. Some gently-used clothing and furniture is also available.
COUNSELING
 
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
2118 Inwood Drive
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46815
260.471.6262 or 888.425.2666

A support group for individuals who have stopped drinking and want to rebuild a life in which drinking is not the focus. Also helps individuals dealing with alcoholic family and friends.
ERIN’S HOUSE FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN
3811 Illinois Road, Suite 210
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804
260.423.2466

Provides free peer support services for children, teens and young adults, ages 3 to 25, who have experienced the death or terminal illness of a loved one. Call for an appointment.
LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES
330 Madison Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.426.3347

Offers professional counseling for families, couples, individuals, adults and children. Call for appointment. Fees are based on household size and income.
PARK CENTER, INC.
909 East State Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
260.481.2700 or 866.481.2700

Provides counseling and other treatment of addiction and mental illness for children and adults.
DENTAL CARE
 
MATTHEW 25 HEALTH AND DENTAL CLINIC
413 East Jefferson Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.426.3250

Free dental care for adults; exams and cleaning, restorations/fillings, extractions, oral surgery and dentures.
INDIANA UNIVERSITY-PURDUE UNIVERSITY FORT WAYNE (IPFW) DENTAL CLINIC
Neff Hall, Room 109
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
260.481.6575
 

Dental hygiene clinic for adults and children; services include teeth cleaning, sealants, x-ray, panoramic x-ray and oral cancer screenings; work performed by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) dental hygiene students; fees vary.
NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CLINICS, INC.
1717 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.458.2641

Full family dental care; dentures and partials, crowns, sealants, x-rays, cavity prevention/treatment.
EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT (ADULTS)
AMERICAN RED CROSS OF NORTHEAST INDIANA
1212 East California Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825
260.484.9336

Helps prevent, prepare for and respond to health and safety emergencies with training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid, babysitting and other classes.
ANTHONY WAYNE SERVICES, INC.-EMPLOYMENT SERVICES
8515 Bluffton Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809
260.744.6145

Provides professional and personal services for people with disabilities to help them become part of the workforce, including job-keeping skills, transportation assistance, improving reading skills, money management skills, General Educational Development (GED) preparation, and getting drivers licenses.
COMMUNITY ACTION OF NORTHEAST INDIANA, INC.-CAREER ACADEMY
227 East Washington Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.423.3546

Provides workshops on job-readiness, job placement, and skill assessments.
JOB CORPS
800.733.5627
Federally funded program for at-risk youth (ages 16-24) in need of additional education and job training. Resident program where students learn to earn with after-graduation career services, including job placement and career planning.
JOBWORKS INC.
7832 Bluffton Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809
260.745.2000

Provides employment and training assistance to youth and adults; including assessment of individual skills and needs, job search assistance, occupational skills training, academic training, on-the-job training and support services.
THE LITERACY ALLIANCE
709 Clay Street, Suite 100
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.426.7323

Provides basic English literacy skills and General Educational Development (GED) instruction; as well as job skills for parents; children are provided an enriched day care or preschool environment; transportation is provided within a limited area.
FOOD

ALLEN COUNTY DIVISION OF FAMILY RESOURCES
201 East Rudisill Boulevard, Suite 302
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806
800.403.0864

Administers the federal food stamp program Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for qualified individuals and families in Allen County.
ASSOCIATED CHURCHES OF FORT WAYNE AND ALLEN COUNTY-FOOD NETWORK
602 East Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
(260) 422-3528

Associated Churches supports a network of 28 food pantry sites at churches and community centers in Fort Wayne and Allen County which provide a five-day supply of food. See website for information about neighborhood food pantries.
COMMUNITY HARVEST FOOD BANK
999 East Tillman Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46816
260.447.3696 or 888.744.1465

Provides emergency food to individual walk-ins and accepts referrals. Community Harvest also supports a network of emergency food pantries around northeast Indiana. See website or call for list.
FRANCISCAN CENTER, INC.
4643 Gaywood Drive
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46851
260.744.3977

Delivers nutritious sack lunches every Saturday to families in need; must live within designated boundaries. Food Pantry is open once a month for neighborhood families.
MISS VIRGINIA’S MISSION HOUSE
1312 South Hanna Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.426.0176

A ministry of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church; provides food from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays to anyone in need.
SAINT MARY’S SOUP KITCHEN
1011 South Lafayette Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.426.1217

Provides soup and bread for carry-out seven days a week; milk is available three times a week.
SALVATION ARMY-FOOD PANTRY
2901 North. Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
260.744.2311
Assistance available every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, first come first serve.
WELLSPRING INTERFAITH SOCIAL SERVICES-FOOD BANK
1316 Broadway
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.422.6618

Food pantry provides three meals a day for five days per family.
HEALTH SERVICES
AIDS TASK FORCE
525 Oxford Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806
260.744.1144

Free Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing, medical case management, counseling, outreach and education; financial assistance for people living with Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
FORT WAYNE/ALLEN COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
200 East Berry Street, Suite 360
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.449.7561

Immunization clinic for children and adults; childhood lead screenings by appointment; health screening and immunizations for refugees by appointment; flu shots for children only; diagnosis, treatment, and contact testing for tuberculosis; free, confidential STD testing, treatment, follow-up and education.
FRANCINE’S FRIENDS INC
709 Clay Street, Suite 300
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.483.1847

Mammogram screenings for women 35 and over who: have not had a screening in the past 12 months, have no prior or current history of breast cancer, are not currently experiencing problems with their breasts, and do not have breast implants. Can bill insurance or reduce rate for those without insurance.
MATTHEW 25 HEALTH AND DENTAL CLINIC, INC.
413 East Jefferson Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.426.3250

Provides medical and dental clinic for low-income, uninsured residents of Allen County; services are free to clients who qualify, including medication. Special clinics include: health screening, blood pressure, dietary counseling, pulmonary clinic, dental sealant and education classes; other health services include stitch removal, prescriptions assistance, authorized lab and x-ray assistance, eye care and patient advocacy.
NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CLINICS, INC.
1717 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.458.2641

Provides health care services to low-income or uninsured people who have difficulty finding traditional sources for services.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF INDIANA AND KENTUCKY
3914 West Jefferson Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804
260.423.1322

Provides medical and reproductive health care services for women and men; including annual exams, Pap tests, HIV counseling and testing, pregnancy testing, birth control, emergency contraception, sexually-transmitted infection screening and treatment, breast exams, premarital blood screening, education, counseling and health referrals.
EMERGENCY SHELTER
INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK
2925 East State Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
260.458.9772

Provides shelter, meals and case management services for families, men and women with children. Also assists families in finding permanent housing.
VINCENT VILLAGE, INC.
2827 Holton Avenue
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46806
260.456.4172

Provides help for homeless families through housing and assistance for families successfully completing  transitional housing programs. The program pays deposits, first month’s rent, old utility bills, utility, deposits, moving expenses, and household furnishing costs. Also provides ongoing case management for six months.
YWCA OF NORTHEAST INDIANA - CRISIS SHELTER
1610 North Spy Run Avenue
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
260.447.7233
CRISIS LINE: 800-441-4073
Provides up to 30 days of shelter for women in abusive situations and their children - A 24-hour crisis line is available for emergencies. All physical needs of clients are provided, including food, clothing and personal care products. Transportation is provided as needed.
HOUSING
COMMUNITY ACTION OF NORTHEAST INDIANA, INC.
227 East Washington Boulevard
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.423.3546

Provides housing and utility assistance to low-income households in northeast Indiana; assists with home repair, including: roofs, plumbing, electrical repair, etc.; provides energy-saving structural improvements to rental and owner-occupied units; administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides rental subsidy payments to low-income households in northeast Indiana.
FORT WAYNE HOUSING AUTHORITY
7315 South Hanna Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46816
260.267.9300

Provides affordable housing and services to eligible members of the Fort Wayne community, in an atmosphere that encourages self-sufficiency.
MUSTARD SEED FURNITURE BANK OF FORT WAYNE
3636 Illinois Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46804
260.471.5802

Provides furniture to those in need because of fire, homelessness or lack of funds for furniture. Must have  a referral from an agency or church. An in-home inspection is required, except for those coming from shelters, or victims of disaster.
SALVATION ARMY OF FORT WAYNE
2901 North Clinton Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
260.744.2311
Provides limited emergency assistance, including rent/mortgage and utility costs, to households that are eligible for township poor relief. Clients must have a disconnect notice from Fort Wayne City Utilities.
LEGAL SERVICES
ALLEN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION, INC. - FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE
924 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.423.2358

Offers one free half-hour legal consultation by phone every Tuesday, from 5 to 7 p.m. Program does not offer free legal assistance. Forms are also available to file complaints against attorneys.
ALLEN COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
602 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260.449.7641
Provides information about various programs such as victim assistance, child support, and adult protective services.
Fort Wayne Police Department Victim Assistance
1320 Creighton Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46803
260-427-1205
The Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Office will intervene in violence situations involving partners (heterosexual or same sex), boyfriends, spouse, and/or parents of a mutual child. An advocate will meet with the victim and refer criminal matters to the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit. Police will submit complete investigation report to the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE
One West Superior Street – Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
(260) 449-7255 –
www.allencounty.us/courts

Attorneys assigned to represent indigent criminal defendants as required by federal and state law.
INDIANA LEGAL SERVICES, INCORPORATED
919 South Harrison Street. Suite 200 – Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
(260) 424-9155 –
www.indianajustice.org

Provides legal services in the following: divorce, collections, government benefits, health care representation, living wills, power of attorney, pro se litigant program, protective orders, and uncontested guardianship. Serving: Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Grant Huntington, Jay, Steuben, Wells and Whitley counties.
LEGAL SERVICES OF MAUMEE VALLEY, INC.
203 West Wayne Street, Suite 410 – Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
(260) 422-8070 (800) 552-4884

Provides legal information, advice and/or representation for victims of domestic violence, for assistance in obtaining protective orders and divorce; Also provides representation in cases involving potential homelessness; and offers advice on public housing issues.
VOLUNTEER LAWYER PROGRAM OF NORTHEAST INDIANA
927 South Harrison Street – Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
(260) 407-0917 (877) 407-0917 –
www.vlpnei.org
Provides legal representation for individuals with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Cannot accept criminal or CHINS cases.
TRANSPORTATION
CITILINK
801 Leesburg Road – Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808
(260) 432-4546 (260) 432-9051 –
www.fwcitilink.com

Provides fixed route service for regularly scheduled runs around the city; Citilink Access provides bus service for people with disabilities who can’t access regularly scheduled buses. Curb to curb service is available for a fee of $2.50.