Thank you to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for your support of our mission to create a homeless shelter for single women.
“Motivated by your faith in the Lord, you are putting love into action through your service to homeless women. Thank you for not only recognizing the dignity of women you serve, but also for helping them in their hour of need and giving them hope for the future.” - Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades
Monique Levesque-Hartle has a place in her heart for helping people who are homeless.
“I know what if feels like to not have a place to call home as I was dependent on friends and family for shelter for a short period of time right out of high school," says the long-time chiropractor, mother, and board president of St. Joseph Missions.
Unfortunately, the reality is that single homeless women in Fort Wayne have no emergency shelter options -- leaving them at risk for sex trafficking and violence.
“There is a huge gap in services available for homeless women in Fort Wayne. They are the only population that literally has no where to go in case of emergency,” explains Monique.
But thanks to Monique's dedication and those of others throughout our community, these women will soon have a place to go.
"My hopes for St. Joseph Missions Women's Shelter is to give women a safe place to start over, to discover their worth and potential, and to be the force that leads them onto a new path in their lives.”
Tom Weir is saddened at the sight of single women in Fort Wayne who are homeless with no place to go. Tom, a husband, father, mental health social worker, and St. Joseph Missions board member, feels God calling him to help these women at risk for sex trafficking, domestic abuse, or violence.
“I became convinced the St. Joseph Missions Women’s Shelter is something God wants in our community as one more expression of His love for women in need.”
The shelter, he believes, will provide a peaceful, loving environment for homeless women to get off the street and eventually find a permanent home. He hopes others in our community will feel called to assist our mission in their own unique way.
“Fort Wayne and our people are generous and compassionate and I hope more people learn about the miracles happening with this project and join us in this mission.”