FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Amani Family Services will host an Open House and Ribbon Cutting in celebration of the renovation of its new facility at 5104 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, IN 46825. The free event is open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, October 2 from noon until 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
“The renovated space will provide a welcoming space for the immigrants and refugees who have chosen Fort Wayne as their home,” said Irene Paxia, executive director for Amani Family Services. “Amani has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years and our current space cannot accommodate all the programming and services we provide.”
Amani’s offices are now located in a building that was donated by Parkview Health. Amani has already raised over half of the funds needed to renovate the building.
The new building will be the sole location in Allen County especially dedicated to working with immigrants and refugees of all backgrounds. It will serve as the central location for local immigrants and refugees to connect, find resources, and learn more about life in the United States. The new building will allow Amani to better serve families by offering new visitation rooms, play and cooking spaces for parents and children, and increased privacy. The environment will be trauma-informed allowing for sensitive delivery of care to survivors of trauma. Further, the new training room will allow for education sessions on cross-cultural communication, violence prevention, and integration for residents, agencies, and businesses.
Amani Family Services is a private nonprofit organization serving around 1,400 families and individuals from around the world who have made Allen County their home. Amani is the only local organization in Allen County that has specialized services for immigrants, is devoted solely to the service of immigrant and refugee families, and has key agreements with the state and state- funded agencies. Amani’s services include child abuse and neglect intervention and prevention, victim care, substance use support, and mental health counseling.