Anti-Homelessness gala in Allen Co. themed ‘Home is Where the Heart Is’


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – “Home is Where the Heart Is” will be the theme of this year’s Genesis Outreach Gala Saturday evening at First Presbyterian Theatre.

Genesis Outreach is dedicated to the preservation and reunification of families by providing affordable housing opportunities leading to permanent housing, self-sufficiency, and sobriety.

For their second annual benefit gala they’re allowing an opportunity for elected and senior government officials, partners, clergy, and other local business and community members to come together to advance their mission of ending homelessness in Allen County.

The organization has 55 houses that they allow homeless people to stay in for as long as they need it. They also provide counseling and life skills classes.

“When you don’t have your basics, it’s hard to focus on pushing forward in life,” said Assistant Director Fatima Washington. “So, giving them a house and just giving them that support and letting them know they have people if they need that to call and say, ‘I need help with this,’ ‘I’m struggling with that,’ and to see them get off of the program and then come back and say, ‘hey, this is how great I’m doing now.’ That’s one of the most amazing feelings you can have as an organization.”

The gala will include live entertainment, elegant dining, a beer and wine cash bar, a silent auction and a live performance of the Broadway Tony Award winning play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.

All funds raised will benefit homeless families and individuals living in Allen County.

WANE-TV’s Terra Brantley will emcee the event. She will also be among those performing in For Colored Girls.

Tickets are $50. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

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