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Fort Wayne Promotes Partnership With TenPoint Coalition

Zach Bernard/WBOI News

Mayor Tom Henry was joined by local and state leaders in downtown Fort Wayne to announce the city’s intentions of becoming a TenPoint Coalition city.

The TenPoint Coalition has its origins in Indianapolis, and has since become a national faith-based organization. Their goal is to implement strategies "to reduce violence and emphasize the importance of education, employment, and community partnerships."

Reverend Dr. Charles Harrison is the regional director of TenPoint. He said Fort Wayne’s UNITED program and supportive faith communities made this an ideal partnership.

“In all of our travels, not just across the state of Indiana but across the country, we have not found a community with such a great foundation to make this kind of collaborative partnership work like we have seen in Fort Wayne,” said Harrison.

Fort Wayne joins a number of Indiana cities, most recently Gary, to partner with the initiative. Together, they will choose a neighborhood in the city and study areas of crime, education, health and housing, and explore ways to improve quality of life.

While not yet an official partnership, Henry says the city anticipates it happening later this year. Trinity English Lutheran Church also pledged $10,000 in annual funding for the coalition over the next three years.

Zach joined 89.1 WBOI as a reporter and local host for All Things Considered, and hosted Morning Edition for the past few years. In 2022, he was promoted to Content Director.