We cooperate or inter-operate with several area organizations to maximize efficiency and avoid duplication of services. Each organization is a piece of this puzzle we think of as our community — we all fit together to make the whole picture. As Pastor David E. Keller of Abundant Life Church said many years ago “None of us has all the answers, but together we can achieve more than any of us can alone.”
Several of the organizations important to us are listed below: this is not a complete list. Each entry gives a small summary of the organization, and where possible a link to their web site for more information. An organization’s mention on this page does not imply approval or disapproval of our operation by them, or of their operation by us: it means we work together for the greater public good.
The Abundant Life Church provides our occupancy, telephone, receptionist, Internet, copy/duplication services, and many other helps that make it possible for us to provide computer classes to our community. Without their generosity we could not help others.
The Pastor, David E. Keller, is a forward thinking man of God with a vision and burden of service to our community. By his foresight, ALC enables many religious and non-religious ministries and charitable works — some with a secular focus. Their ministries include the Building Blocks Daycare Ministries, Inc., a clothing bank, Tuesday Night basketball, El Iglesia del Vida Abundante, Revolution Youth Ministries, Connect Points, the annual Easter Messiah Drama, and many other worthy works. There is much information and some videos available from their web site — we encourage you to look it over.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne–South Bend, Inc., is probably one of the largest and best respected social services agencies serving people in the Indiana counties of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Marshall, Noble, Steuben, St. Joseph, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley. They help people regardless of their religious affiliation, race, national origin, or gender.
We help them by providing computer job skills training and mentoring to several persons who come to us through the SCSEP “Senior AIDES” program, which empowers and encourages them to become self-sufficient. They can be reached by telephone at (260) 422-5625 or (800) 686-7459 toll-free, by fax at (260) 422-5657, or by email at email@example.com. An abundance of information is available from their web site.
Love in Deed (Sharehouse) is a charity that distributes necessary non-perishable goods such as toilet paper, soap, deodorant, and diapers, to local 501(c)(3) organizations for re-distribution to Allen County people in need. We provide volunteers to help them in processing the semi-truck loads of goods that come in each week, and occasionally avail ourselves of needed goods for our office or computer lab. The large clock at the back of our computer lab, and our coffee pot came from Love in Deed.
This organization is a real boon to us because it helps us implement Senior Volunteerism, fulfill some of the SCSEP Senior AIDEs program work requirements, provides contact and experience for our SCSEP participants in working with other people and organizations, and let’s face it, it’s FUN.
Individual persons cannot contact Love in Deed for goods: have your church or other documentable 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization send an email to Martha R. Casselman, Director of Operations at LID_DO@comcast.net, or leave voice mail at 260.413.5353.
The Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) was established by the General Assembly in 1991 to consolidate and better integrate the delivery of human services by State government. FSSA is a health care and social service funding agency: funding is provided through FSSA to run thousands of service providers ranging from major medical centers to a physical therapist working with a child or adult with a developmental disability. The FSSA budget is funded by state dollars and Federal grants and programs. The five care divisions in FSSA administer services to one million Hoosiers. You can reach them by telephone in Allen County at (800) 403-0864, and apply for and manage your benefits on-line at http://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/3195.htm
Indiana Access to Recovery (ATR) is a SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment discretionary grant aimed at expanding the chemical dependency recovery infrastructure in the state to include both faith-based and community organizations that have traditionally not been involved in chemical dependency recovery. We interface with them through the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives which is under the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA). The DMHA mission is to ensure that Indiana citizens have access to appropriate mental health and addiction services that promote individual self-sufficiency.
We helped them in the past by providing Recovery Support services in the form of “Employment Services” (Computer Job Skills training). They are a “go to” program for those who wish to recover from addictions.
Drug and Alcohol Consortium is a local organization with the main purpose of reducing the negative impact of drugs and alcohol in the community. DAC brings together many organizations, all of which possess the same goal of addressing the problem of substance abuse. DAC is a Recovery Consultant in the Indiana Access to Recovery program.
We helped them in the past by providing Recovery Support services in the form of “Employment Services” (Computer Job Skills training). They are concerned with preventing addictions through distribution of relevant information in area schools and they also participate in the Indiana Access to Recovery program. We still provide a lab where their clients can come for Internet access to perform job searches, help writing resumes, and skills training.
Center for Behavioral Health is a group of outpatient facilities treating various substance abuse related problems with a focus on opiate addiction. Counseling is an important and critical part of treatment. They offer one-on-one counseling, as well as family and group counseling. Their counselors’ diverse backgrounds and personalities allow their patients to find a fit that is right for them.
All Center for Behavioral Health locations are licensed by federal and state agencies and all are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF): all of their locations consistently receive a 3-year accreditation, which is the highest accreditation possible. This is your assurance that they meet rigorous guidelines for service and quality based on an in-depth review of their services.
They can be reached by telephone at (260) 420-6010 or by email using their contact page form at http://centerforbehavioralhealth.com/contact/. An abundance of information is available from their web site.
We helped them in the past by providing Recovery Support services in the form of “Employment Services” (Computer Job Skills training) and we still provide a lab where their clients can come for Internet access to perform job searches, help writing resumes, and skills training.
Fort Wayne Housing Authority helps eligible members of the Fort Wayne community obtain affordable housing and provides other services to create and maintain an atmosphere which encourages them to become self-sufficient.
We help them by accepting referrals to our computer classes. They can be reached by telephone at 260.449.7800, or through several phone numbers and a contact form on their web site. Their web site contains many on-line and downloadable resources to help people.
When we started Adult Life Training in 2003, our first articulation was with the Work One center here in Fort Wayne. They put up with our learning curve and we developed and taught computer job skills to the persons they referred to us. We still accept referrals from them. For more information, look at their very nice newly redesigned state-wide web site at http://www.in.gov/dwd/WorkOne/, or their web site for North East Indiana at http://www.workonenortheast.org/, telephone them in Allen County at (260) 745-3555, or fax them at (260) 745-7757. You can even find a job on their Career Connect web site.