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St. Joseph Missions Names New Executive Director

St. Joseph Missions, Allen County’s first emergency shelter exclusively for single women who are experiencing homelessness, located at 3505 Lake Ave., has named Erin Ness, MSW, the new Executive Director following a brief interim role.

Ness, a Fort Wayne native, earned a Bachelors degree in Social Work and Criminal Justice from Ball State University and her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Prior to her recent promotion, Erin served as the Program Director at St Joseph Missions from its inception. Ness also served as co-manager of the City of Fort Wayne’s Winter Contingency Program for the 2020/2021 season and was the Director of Operations at Vincent Village, a transitional shelter for families who are experiencing homelessness.

“I am extremely excited to take on this role with an organization I whole heartedly believe in. St Joseph Missions has a true heart for women who are experiencing homelessness and I want to continue to be a champion for women to thrive, rather than just trying to survive,” said Ness.

We invite you to take a tour of our shelter. Contact Erin Ness at 260.426.7358 or by email at

​St Joseph Missions is an emergency shelter for single women who are experiencing homelessness. St. Joseph Missions opened its doors on June 8, 2021 and has served over 215 women to date under its shelter roof. Guests have access to on-site case management, a computer lab to assist with housing and job search and a team who offers daily support. Not wanting to duplicate services, St Joseph Missions works with several community partners to provide vital resources to its guests.