FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne UNITED, in partnership with Mayor Tom Henry and the Victim Assistance Department of the Fort Wayne Police Department, announced the creation of United Response Program to provide stipends to help offset burial costs for homicide victims.
United Response is an expansion of Fort Wayne UNITED’s Meals 4 Healing program, designed to serve families who have lost loved ones to homicide. The city of Fort Wayne said a Fort Wayne UNITED clergy subcommittee developed the Meals 4 Healing program in 2018 and it is currently assisted 142 families.
Through the program families of homicide victims work with a case worker from the Victim Assistance team and are given the opportunity to receive meals while grieving, the city said. If the family chooses to receive the service, hot meals are delivered to their homes by a Fort Wayne UNITED church for seven days. Churches also provide the family with church contact information, free services, support groups and victim assistance information for follow-up help, if needed.
“We hope that people in our community who suffer from the loss of a loved one can feel the community behind them. We feel what we are releasing today is going to be an amazing step in that directions and provide everything these families need,” said Iric Headley, executive director of Fort Wayne UNITED.
The following churches have provided support to the United Response program:
- Come As You Are
- Greater Progressive Baptist Church
- Headwaters Church
- Blackhawk Christian Church
- New Covenant Worship Center
To make a donation to United Response, visit cityoffortwayne.org.