Next Generation

Youth for Christ

At Youth for Christ Northern Indiana, it’s our aim to grow our ministry to unchurched students— to those in desperate need of the restorative love of Christ. We’ve established a variety of ways for individuals and organizations to join with us, because ministry to students is unique to every community.

YFC is committed to pursuing teenagers in their world, sharing with them the hope and love that God has for them.  In pursuing teenagers, YFC will consistently strive to develop safe, bridge-building relationships with middle school and high school students through the different programs that we have to offer.  As students come to know the hope and love that God has to offer, our belief is that a teenager’s life will be impacted eternally.

Euell Wilson Center

T he center was founded in May 1993 in honor of Euell A. Wilson who was a standout athlete at Bishop Dwenger in the city of Fort Wayne. Euell died at the age of 19. He touched many lives through his humble and caring nature. In the Fort Wayne community, the EAWC is recognized as a safe haven for children and their families.

The Euell A. Wilson Center is a Christian organization designed to enrich the hearts and lives of children and strengthen the family through the love of Christ.  We will do this through educational, social, performing arts and spiritual development to empower youth and their families for success immediately.  We will work to transform the lives of our juveniles through using this time for academic enrichment, wholesome fun, and community service.  We strive to protect both kids and adults from becoming victims of crime, reduce teen pregnancy, eliminates smoking and drug use.  This strategy helps youth to develop values and skills needed to become contributing citizens and productive leaders.

Smith Academy for Excellence

S mith Academy for Excellence is an urban school that strategically develops elite scholars who exhibit responsibility, dignity, character, and an instinct of service that will revolutionize Fort Wayne’s southeast community.


Smith Academy for Excellence uses strong academic, character, and service learning curricula to develop young men into lifelong leaders which will create an opportunity for superior academic growth and holistic long term success. In addition, SAFE is committed to cultivating each child’s unique personality by instilling honorable moral principles.

Outreach Ministries

Safe Families for Children

We currently have over 25 volunteer host families serving in Allen, Whitley, and Dekalb counties who graciously open their homes temporarily to children whose parents are going through a difficult time.

While the children are in the host home, family coaches help parents get back on their feet by providing mentorship and accountability.  Host families and placing families are supported by a team of volunteers who provide help such as transportation, meals, resource donations, mentoring, and employment assistance.


Fort Wayne and surrounding area churches play a significant role in recruiting and supporting their congregations to serve and reach out to parents who are in a crisis situation. Churches of all sizes and various denominational or non-denominational backgrounds are active partners with Fort Wayne Safe Families for Children.  Our volunteers come from the smallest to largest congregations, as followers of Jesus are awakening to the urgent need to minister to struggling families in our own cities.

Shelter Ministries

Shelter Ministries is a Christian based non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of the residents of DeKalb County Indiana, through education and assistance from our ministries.”  We currently assist the DeKalb County community with Financial Assistance toward rent, utilities, prescription assistance, and gas vouchers for medical appointments.  LIFE Classes are offered free of charge, and these classes cover all aspects of living a healthy Christian life — from easy budgeting to adult coloring to relieve stress.

We have a “Wheels-for-Work” Bicycle Ministry which provides bicycles for people in need of transportation so that they can work.  We provide DeKalb County Indiana with a Christmas Bureau and a Shop-4-Christmas Program, which provide Christmas gifts for the children of families in financial crisis.

We ask for your continued prayers, in guidance and funding, so we may continue our mission of “Offering light and hope through the storms of life.”

Matthew 25:45

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”

Fort Wayne Rescue Mission

The Rescue Mission, founded in 1903, is a faith-based, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, providing restorative care to men, women and children experiencing a homeless crisis. Our organization serves Fort Wayne, Allen County and its nine surrounding counties. The Mission is comprised of four ministries, or houses, that function as communities of compassion.


To provide, through the power of Jesus Christ, a home for the homeless, food for the hungry, and hope for their future.

Life House- Provides men immediate relief from hunger and homelessness.

Restoration House- Meeting spiritual, emotional, physical & educational needs both in the short and long term for men.

Charis House- Meeting spiritual, emotional, physical & educational needs both in the short and long term for women & children.

Treasure House- A Thrift Store whose proceeds help to fund The Rescue Mission programs.

County Line Ministry

County Line Food Pantry

The County Line food pantry serves residents in southern DeKalb and northern Allen counties. This is an emergency food pantry which means families are eligible to receive 5 days worth of food once a month.

Engage: Garrett

Engage Days Garrett is a strategic initiative to connect like-minded County Liners who live, work, or care about the Garrett community. God has been, and continues to be, working in the lives of people throughout the city. Our goal is simple, to join God in his work and fulfill the vision of Restoring our communities with Christ… one life at a time.

Faith in Action

In 2019 Faith in Action is moving to a quarterly event. We believe that one and done is not good enough. Because of this, we are putting together a team to oversee projects in every community surrounding County Line.This includes Auburn, Garrett, East Dekalb, Leo, Fort Wayne, & Huntertown. Stay tuned for more details.

Miscellaneous Ministries

Disaster Relief

We provide emergency aid to victims of tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters in the United States. We have a small team of people ready to go out on a disaster as soon as it happens. We partner with various organizations to be able to volunteer and fulfill our mission of restoring communities to Christ…one life at a time.

Healthy Growing Churches

Healthy Growing Churches is a network of churches, organizations, pastors, and leaders committed to the mission of expanding the Kingdom by transforming communities and the world through and for Christ. We recognize that we can’t change the direction of the Church by focusing in just one area.

Our initiatives work with churches throughout their life cycles, including:

  • Consultations—helping churches identify and address barriers to their mission
  • Multiplication—we believe the future of the church will only be realized if we shift to a culture of
  • Leadership Development—we must build into the leaders in the Church today and the upcoming leaders for
  • Coaching—it’s hard to change without help so HGC coaches provide encouragement, accountability and
    direction for both churches and leaders as they seek to get healthier.