W. Paul Wolf said the donation he and his wife, Carolyn, gave for the new Wolf Mission House didn’t start with them, but with their parents.
Paul Wolf, who’s from Avilla, remembered when no government assistance for food existed and he would see his father give food and not get paid back for it, “but he was happy. That’s how Carolyn and I got started giving.”
The Wolf name is on the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission’s new shelter at 404 E. Washington Blvd.
Now, the couple is supporting Associated Churches of Fort Wayne & Allen County’s project that will serve as a multigenerational mission. The Wolf Mission House, 624 E. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, next door to Associated Churches’ headquarters, will provide space to help new moms, teens, and those who are grieving, Associated Churches Executive Pastor Roger Reece said.
The nonprofit, known to many for its food bank network and A Baby’s Closet that provides items for families undergoing hardship, held a ribbon cutting with the Wolfs at the home April 1.
The Wolfs donated a majority of the $400,000 cost for the project; and board member Jim Bushey’s Bushey’s Windows Doors and Sunrooms provided $20,000 worth of windows and doors, Reece said. The James Foundation of Auburn also donated to the project. Momper Insulation also was noted for its work on the home.
“This building is 100% paid off,” Reece said.
Associated Churches might have been nervous undergoing a construction project during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it was able to get a Paycheck Protection Program loan, Reece said.
Reece described the mission house as a place to care for people experiencing the journey of life from birth to death.
“In Allen County there are some moms who go to the delivery room to deliver their child without any support,” he said.
Mission Motherhood will assign a woman to volunteer as a coach and mentor to a new mom. Associated Churches is looking for women who have a heart to serve and would like to fill those roles, Reece said.
The agency’s Celebrate Recovery program for teens holds meetings at Come2go Ministries, 323 Baker St. However, its small-group work can take place at the Wolf Mission House. More importantly, the house, which has four bedrooms, can provide emergency housing for teens.
Kerith Brook, an organization that holds retreats for those who are grieving, will provide events at the house.
The two-story house with an unfinished basement will have a resident artist, Megan Chalfant, a visual artist who specializes in drawing, painting and mixed media.
“Megan is an artist, but she’s also a spiritual director,” Reece said. “... She wants to find the hope that resides in you and bring it out in all kinds of creative ways.”
Associated Churches plans now to get started on a legacy fund to sustain the mission house, Bushey said.
Any woman wishing to volunteer for Mission Motherhood can call Associated Churches at 260-422-3528.