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100+ Women Who Care Fort Wayne
Present $27,050 to Redemption House
October 28, 2015
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — 100+ Women Who Care Fort Wayne, a community advocacy group with 174 women members, presented a check for $27,050 to Redemption House Ministries. Tomra Cardin, director of Redemption House, accepted the check during a presentation at 10 am Wednesday, October 28, at Redemption House, 2720 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, Ind.
At each quarterly meeting of 100+ Women Who Care Fort Wayne, three women give a presentation on a local charity of their choice. The group then votes, and the winning charity receives $100 from each woman in the group.
On August 27, 2015, the group selected Redemption House to receive their contribution for that quarter. Presentations were also made on behalf of Erin’s House and Fort Wayne Trails.
Since its inception in 2013, the 100+ Women Who Care Fort Wayne group has donated over $173,550 to local non-profits. In 2014 and 2015, Parkview Hospital agreed to match each quarterly donation with an additional $10,000. There is no overhead, and all proceeds go directly to the charity.
“Redemption House is delighted that this strong group of women chose to support us in this way,” says Tomra Cardin, director of Redemption House since 2012.
Redemption House is a faith-based alternative to incarceration for women who want to redeem their lives from past destructive behavior. The ministry can accommodate up to 16 women at a time, all of whom are assigned to Redemption House by the court system. The house itself is staffed 24 hours a day by fulltime and part-time staff, volunteers, and interns from local colleges.
The six-month program helps the women develop a lifestyle based on Christian principles and to gain skills needed to live successfully on their own. The program includes financial skills (managing money, becoming self-sufficient and economically stable), job training, dealing with addictions, developing accountability systems, family and parenting skills, job preparation (resume building, interviewing techniques, etc.), and formal education.
“Since Redemption House receives no public funding, we rely on the generosity of local supporters like 100+ Women Who Care,” says Tomra Cardin.
100+ Women Who Care Fort Wayne, started locally by Wendy Moyle and a steering committee of 13 women, is a national concept with group representation and area chapters in almost every state. The Fort Wayne group is open to all women wanting to donate $100 four times a year to local not-for-profits.
“I was inspired by my mother’s group in Bloomington, Indiana. They have nearly 200 members so far and have given away hundreds of thousands to area non-profits,” said Wendy Moyle. “The meetings are one hour long. They are efficient, informative, and an amazing way to collectively make a significant impact locally. The response from local women has been humbling and overwhelming. It’s our goal to continually grow the group and make big changes for local non-profits.”
In addition to its close working relationship with the Fort Wayne court system, Redemption House works in partnership with such local organizations as Blue Jacket Career Academy, the Educational Opportunity Center, HEAL, Lifeline Youth and Family Services, the Department of Children’s Services, Walking Home, Ivy Tech, and Brown Mackie College. More information about the ministry is available on the Redemption House website.
You can view a number of photos from the event on the Redemption House Facebook page.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]