There are many shelters in our area which will help homeless pregnant women or women with dependent children. HOWEVER there are few (I think one) that will help a woman without children unless they have an addiction and none that will accept a woman with her pet. This is a serious gap in services.
A widely growing trait of homeless people after they have lost everything is an extreme attachment to their pet or pets, often dogs. These comfort animals are the last thing they have and provide companionship and a feeling of better safety. Often the woman will choose to sleep on the street with their pet rather than be alone in a shelter. This is not just “I like my pet”: this is a serious psychological dependency on the pet and separation results in serious anxiety. And it is becoming more common.
Shelters refuse pets because some children are afraid of animals and sometimes pets make messes. While some shelters will allow pets with a doctor’s letter documenting the need, getting medical certification of this need apparently takes several visits (at a cost) to the homeless person, so they will actually go months without shelter.
This is unacceptable. While talking about this situation with staff at a local shelter last week, we agreed there is a need for shelters who will accept women who are not pregnant, addicted, or with dependent children with their comfort animal.
I am interested in talking with 1) other social local agencies and 2) philanthropists who would like to help solve this problem. My daytime office phone Tuesday through Friday 11:00-4:00 is 260.432.0014 extension 128.
John D. Nash, CEO
Adult Life Training, Inc.
Adult Life Training, Inc. Public Charity Tax reports are now posted for year 2016. See how much money we got and where it went! http://alt-fw.org/public/?page_id=6
Start date has changed to Tuesday, March 7. Brian Thompson will coordinate so I can have time off.
Our next FREE class starts Monday, March 7, 2017 at 7:00PM.
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Our last Financial Peace Class in 2016 as a group, in nine short weeks (one class a week) started with $131,000 dollars in debt over and above their mortgages, only $2,300 cash available, and 15 credit cards. At the end of the training we checked again and the group had IN NINE WEEKS paid off $30,000 in debt, and increased available cash to $4,600, and got rid of 1/3 of their credit cards.
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Poverty, at its most genuine essence, is not a social condition but a lifestyle: eighty percent of poverty is choices, not intelligence or income.
For once, the political climate is in sync with a national goal of abating most if not all poverty. In the next year we will bring more people out of generational poverty through mentoring them into sustained un-subsidized employment or business ownership. We look forward to a most productive and successful year 2017.
John Nash, from the Adult Life Training, Inc. President’s Annual Report
Year 2016 Annual Report
Dress for Success (Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau) empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. They meet an important need in our Fort Wayne, Indiana community. The Dress for Success website is https://fortwayne.dressforsuccess.org/.
Dress for Success display – click for larger image
At this time they can receive a $200 grant if they get enough votes for their Glenbrook Square display. The voting process is a bit odd, non-intuitive. Click the picture. A larger picture will appear, HOWEVER you will find a star in the bottom left side. Click the star to vote.
The information I received from their email today follows:
Our “non-profit” can use your help in winning $200 for our agency.
We had a window display at Glenbrook Square in 2016 and probably with your help we qualified to be in the final contest.
Voting is open now till January 31, 2017. Can you help us out today?
Program Director Dress for Success
Women’s Bureau, Inc.
2417 Fairfield Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN 46807
260-424-7977 Ext 105