Author Archive: Denise Porter-Ross Leathers

Denise Porter-Ross Leathers has worked with faith-based and community initiatives in Fort Wayne for over 25 years. After 10 years on the staff of the Mayor for the City of Fort Wayne, Denise now works with Fort Wayne Urban League and other non-profit organizations teaching self- sufficiency programs.

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Homelessness in the Fort Wayne community

Homelessness in the Fort Wayne community

| November 21, 2013

GETTING HELP IN OUR COMMUNITY No one plans to be homeless, but homelessness happens to hundreds of individuals or families in the Fort Wayne area each year. Homelessness happens to people of all races and ethnic groups, all ages, all parts of the city, and all times of the year. The faces of the homeless […]

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Voicing a community’s concerns

Voicing a community’s concerns

| November 12, 2013

Building Bridges to a Better Community makes special presentation to City Council

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Changing our community—one step at a time

Changing our community—one step at a time

| October 24, 2013

By Denise Porter-Ross Leathers—As we reminisce about how things were in the past, we must be willing to make some changes to take the steps necessary to build a prosperous future for the next generations.

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The high cost of being poor

The high cost of being poor

| October 10, 2013

More than 75 years ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, Sophie Tucker is quoted as saying, “I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor; believe me, rich is better.” While that line might have humorous then, the truth today is not funny; we can’t afford to be poor.

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A bridge past community violence

| October 1, 2013

I am so pleased that the community group that sprang forward out of the violence and difficulties that we have experienced this past year in our city is using the name, Building Bridges to a Better Community.

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Setting our priorities with government, faith based, non profit organizations

Setting our priorities with government, faith based, non profit organizations

| September 26, 2013

Last week, we looked at the Beyond Basic Assistance program offered by the Fort Wayne Urban League. Today, we will take a step back to discover why such programs, which are critical to so many people in our community, are also so under-funded.

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Beyond Basic Assistance teaches self sufficiency

| September 19, 2013

Getting help in our community by Denise Porter-Ross Leathers Both Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou often refer to the quote, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you KNOW better, DO better.” That expression describes well the Beyond Basic Assistance program that the Fort Wayne Urban League has offered for the past […]

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Next up in healthcare reform: What does the Affordable Care Act mean for you?

| September 12, 2013

Getting help in our community by Denise Porter-Ross Leathers In August, more than 200 people came to together locally to discuss the Affordable Care Act and how it would impact us in Fort Wayne. This act, often called ObamaCare, has been tossed around like a political hot potato, but as the dust is settling, we […]

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Where does Indiana stand on Affordable Care Act?

Where does Indiana stand on Affordable Care Act?

| August 25, 2013

By Denise Porter-Ross Special to Frost Illustrated, Coutesy of HealthVisions of Fort Wayne Are you feeling a bit confused about upcoming changes in healthcare reform? You are definitely not alone. With the most comprehensive healthcare reform in a generation upon us, many of us still do not understand what is happening and how it will […]

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