A world where no woman is left homeless or abandoned.
Who We Are
Welcome to St. Joseph Missions Women’s Shelter, where we are committed to empowering homeless women and honoring their dignity. Our shelter is Fort Wayne’s first 24/7/365 emergency shelter for single homeless women, providing a safe and supportive environment for those who need it most. We understand that homelessness is a complex issue and often requires more than just a bed for the night. That’s why we strive to provide a structured environment that helps women become self-sufficient and build a better future.
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What Drives Us
To provide emergency shelter and resources for single homeless women, regardless of their faith, in an environment that respects their dignity as human persons, affords them the opportunity to live individually and collectively with others in a safe environment of self-government, and empowers them to network with local businesses and social services for employment and self-sufficiency.
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How We Got Started
Our story began with a group of Catholics on a Mission who were feeding the homeless and noticed the same faces over and over again. They felt a calling to help, but realized that there was no emergency shelter specifically for single women. With passion and determination, they formed a board, obtained non-profit status, and set out to create a safe haven for these women. Through perseverance and hard work, the shelter was finally opened on Lake Ave. on June 8, 2021.
Today, our shelter serves up to 18 guests every night and we receive phone calls daily from women who are sleeping on the streets, in their cars, or even abandoned buildings and storage units. We understand that the journey to self-sufficiency can be challenging, which is why we provide more than just a bed for the night. With the help of our on-site case manager, we work alongside our guests to create a Path to Hope, developing a case plan to help navigate their next steps and ensure they do not exit back to places not meant for human habitation.
At St. Joseph Missions Women’s Shelter, we are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for women in need, and we strive to empower them to build a better future.
Meet Our Staff & Board
St. Joseph Missions is dedicated to empowering and supporting women in need through the power of community, with a team of passionate individuals bringing diverse skills and experiences to the table.
Dr. Monique Levesque-Hartle
Allen Co. Chiropractic Wellness Center
Vice President | Founding Board Member
Baden Gage & Schroeder
Communications Committee Chair
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group
Thomas F Weir, LCSW
Programming Committee Chair
The Carriage House
Spiritual Committee Chair
BF Goodrich of Michelin
Parkview Behavioral Health Institute Program Manager