FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A new one-stop center for those seeking services such as counseling, health care and family support celebrated its official opening on the South Side of Fort Wayne on Tuesday morning.
Community leaders, along with Mayor Tom Henry, celebrated the grand opening of the CONNECT Allen County Resource Center. The 6,000 square foot space is considered a “no wrong door” center as counseling, housing, food and healthcare services are available in this space.
This one-stop resource center is considered the first of its kind in Indiana.
“There are probably other Community Access Centers around the state, but none have multiple providers in one location and paired it with someone who will help people navigate through all the processes and really tell people how to sign up for services. said Kylie Riecken, care system coordinator for Allen County.
Those wishing to use these resources will first meet a navigator at reception. This browser will then suggest which services would be useful to these people. Navigators are also bilingual in English and Spanish to better serve minority communities in Allen County.
Jonathon Wattley, President and CEO of Building a Stronger Family, hopes CONNECT Allen County will bring holistic care to members of the Allen County community.
“There are only three areas we can focus on for someone to be healthy, and that’s mentally, physically, and emotionally,” Wattley said. “We need to focus on whoever comes in through that door, and not leave until they get the services they need to make a difference.”
CONNECT’s services are available to everyone, regardless of age, racial income, employment status or ability to pay.
The full list of CONNECT Allen County Community Partners is listed below: