FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne woman has started a project for veterans in Northeast Indiana. She’s creating an adult daycare and supportive housing facility on the city’s southeast side and members of the community are pitching in.
Annie Bryant’s vision for Blair Estates at the Renaissance started up in 2015. Since then, she’s received nearly $200,000 in donations from businesses in the community and individuals. She’s also thrown in some of her own retirement money.
“I believe the veterans deserve the very best that we can ever offer them,” Bryant said. “This is not going to be an institutional place. This is going to be a beautiful home that anyone would like to live in. They will be serviced like they’re supposed to be serviced like first class citizens. Nothing’s too good for them. They deserve to have this facility here.”
Bryant’s vision is to take the former nursing home at 2430 Bowser Ave. and turn it into a safe place for those who have served the United States. It will be a place where they can get care, advice and direction.
Her passion is drawing in hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, including paint, carpeting, roofing and appliances. Sherwin Williams, Lowes, Home Depot, Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs and Dahm Brothers Inc. are among the many donors.
Bryant said this project is personal to her because five of her brothers are veterans. Also, she’s taken the time to understand veteran’s struggles as she’s encountered them over the years.
So, she’s put her retirement on hold until Blair Estates is done.
“God had other plans for me because he knew I had the love, I had the passion, I had the insight and he knew I would fight to do everything I could to fight to make sure veterans would have the very best, no matter what,” she said.
The project is going to cost a bit over $300,000. The first floor daycare will be able to hold around 100 people. The second floor supportive and emergency housing will hold 28 people. Bryant hopes to complete the project by the end of October.
If you would like to donate to Blair Estates you can get more information or donate online at http://www.queenannesvineyardinc.org/ or call Bryant, herself, at (260) 456-8216.