Fort Wayne Rescue Mission responds to increase in violence toward homeless

| October 9, 2013

Fort Wayne—For 110 years, The Rescue Mission has served as a safe-haven for the hungry and homeless in the Fort Wayne area. With violence on the rise in our city, The Rescue Mission has also seen a wave of violence against homeless individuals.

“Members of a gang have threatened some of our staff and physically attacked a Mission resident in a nearby park.  One of our staff members, a 75-year-old man, was riding his bicycle to work, when he was maliciously attacked and beaten because of his affiliation with the Mission,” says Rev. Donovan Coley, CEO and Senior Pastor at The Rescue Mission.

While the attacks did not occur on Mission property, the Mission’s leadership team is now working feverishly to ensure that comprehensive security systems, including cameras, lighting, alarm systems and extra staff are in place at all three of its locations.

“It is crucial that we increase our security now so we can provide the safest possible environment for our residents, staff and volunteers,” says Coley.

On October 17, 2013, The Rescue Mission will host its Annual Celebration Banquet where it hopes to generate the funds necessary to implement such urgent security measures.

For more information, contact Rev. Donovan Coley at 260.426.7357 ext. 113, or via e-mail at


Category: Crime & Safety, Local

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