New program to provide homicide victims’ families ‘meals for healing’

Mayor Tom Henry and Fort Wayne UNITED Wednesday unveiled the Meals 4 Healing program to serve families who have lost loved ones to homicide.

When a homicide takes place, families of victims will be engaged with a case worker from the Victim Assistance team within the Fort Wayne Police Department to be given the opportunity to receive meals while grieving delivered to their homes by a Fort Wayne UNITED church for seven days. Churches will provide the family with church contact information, free services, support groups, and victim assistance information for follow-up help, if needed. Parkview Health is also a partner in the Meals 4 Healing effort.

Participating churches include Blackhawk Ministries, Hope Community Church, King’s Community Outreach, New Covenant Worship Center, Pathway Community Church, The Chapel, Trinity English Lutheran Church and Wallen Baptist Church.

Founded in 2016, Fort Wayne UNITED places two national efforts, Cities United and My Brother’s Keeper, into one program to provide positive opportunities and hope for black men and boys and make a meaningful difference with an emphasis on listening, input, letting voices be heard, and engagement. For more information, visit www.FortWayneUNITED.org.

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