FORT WAYNE – The Rescue Mission announced Tuesday it has raised more than enough money to increase security at its downtown shelter.
The Mission held its annual banquet Oct. 17, hoping to bring in $50,000 to install a better surveillance system at Life House, the shelter at 301 W. Superior St., and to make sure the organization’s other facilities in Fort Wayne are secure.
About 200 people went to the banquet, and they, along with others not in attendance, donated $77,000 to the cause, according to the Mission.
Our plan is to use the funds for our updated security system, additional staff for Life House and the ongoing development of providing the safest place possible for our residents and guests, the Rev. Donovan Coley said in a statement.
In the weeks before the banquet, Coley, the Mission’s CEO, issued a news release, expressing concern about recent attacks on homeless people and the mugging of a 75-year-old Mission employee. Coley blamed the violence on a gang of young people who frequented Life House but are no longer welcome there.