FAQ

Do residents pay money to stay at The Rescue Mission?

Absolutely not! Unlike many other shelters or halfway houses in the area, The Rescue Mission does not charge for services. For individuals experiencing a homeless crisis, we feel that the best use of their limited income is to use it toward reaching self-sufficiency.


What geographic area does The Rescue Mission serve?

The Rescue Mission serves Fort Wayne, Allen County and its nine surrounding counties.


Are Charis House and Restoration House halfway houses or rehabs?

Neither. Our programs are not traditional halfway houses or rehabilitation programs. The number one criteria for receiving services at The Rescue Mission is that a person is experiencing a homeless crisis. However, many of our clients also have issues with mental illness, substance abuse or trauma. Our programs focus on balanced living, healthy interpersonal relationships, life skills, recovery dynamics and a relationship with Christ to promote life change.


I’m thinking of volunteering. What do I need to know?

First of all, the possibilities are endless. To learn more about volunteering, visit the Volunteer section of our website. There, you’ll be able to register to become volunteer certified, and use our interactive volunteer calendar to choose the opportunity that's right for you. For additional questions, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Willie Smith,  at 260.426.7357 ext. 118, or willie@therescuemission.net.


How are individuals referred to The Rescue Mission for services?

Individuals are referred to us in many ways. Many are self-referred. Others come by word-of-mouth. Still others are referred to us by social services agencies, churches, criminal justice programs or the court system.


How long can residents stay with The Rescue Mission?

The length of time a resident stays with us is determined by individual need and the program in which he/she participates. For guests in Life House’s Immediate Housing Program, the length of stay can be as short as one night or as long as one month. In the Short-Term Program at Restoration House and Charis House, the length of stay is typically 3 to 6 months. In our Long-Term, Transformational Programs, men, women and children can stay with us up to 2 years, with the opportunity to enroll in a 3-year nonresidential Aftercare Program.


Can The Rescue Mission really use all of the clothing and other items?

Yes! The Rescue Mission uses every item. Residents and community guests are always the first to benefit from your generosity. If they can’t use donated items immediately, then we store them for future use or take them to Treasure House, our thrift store. All proceeds from the Treasure House help to fund our programs. 


How is the Rescue Mission Funded?

The Rescue Mission receives no government funding. We’re solely dependent on the generosity of individuals, foundations, churches and businesses—as well as trusts and estate gifts. Approximately 80% of our annual income comes from the financial contributions of individuals and businesses in our community.


Where do we bring donations?

Bring donations to any of our three locations. If you have larger items, such as furniture, or a large quantity of items and want to schedule a pickup, please contact Treasure House at 260.456.9200. Financial gifts may be made in person or by donating online.