About The Program
Shepherd’s House is a long term, residential/transitional housing center for individuals who are alcohol and chemically addicted men, 18 years or older. The facility is centrally located on the northeast side of Fort Wayne. Participants are asked to make a personal commitment to the recovery program. The program offers education and therapy regarding alcoholism and/or chemical dependency and recovery. Participants attend regular recovery meetings and have access to spiritual counselors and caring staff who assist them with the creation of an effective support system. The structured approach is designed to help the individual develop a solid foundation of sobriety. They are held accountable to the rehabilitation community for behavior as well as for the completion of daily work assignments. Dignity and a healthy self-image are viewed as basic to recovery.
The program recognizes and satisfies an individual’s early realistic dependency needs while striving to assure that, as treatment progresses and personal coping mechanisms become more adaptive and functional, there is less need for the rigid structure support and reliance or external resources. Participants increasingly learn to take responsibility for their own behavior and build a solid foundation of sobriety. Recovery is a long process that requires a strong support environment, which is exactly what Shepherd’s House provides. This facility is comprised of highly motivated, experienced staff, many of whom are themselves in recovery.
Shepherd’s House believes that the bondage of addiction, whether alcoholism, chemical dependence, gambling or other dependence, can and will be broken by the POWER of Jesus Christ.
Experience has shown us that, of those who successfully complete the program, bond with the twelve step communities, develop a strong spiritual foundation, and stay clean and sober for the first year, three out of four will have lasting sobriety.
The mission of Shepherd's House is to rebuild the lives of those who society views as hopeless into sober and productive assets to the community.
Our vision is to return Veterans self-sufficient, employed, and empowered with a sober vision of hope for the future.
- 12-Step & AA Recovery Meetings
- Licensed Social Worker on site
- Spiritual Counseling
- Computer Workstations with tutor
- Life Skills Classes
- Wellness Classes
- Drug & Alcohol Classes ‘Embracing Recovery’
- 40 Beds on Tennessee Avenue
- 6 Beds on Spy Run
- On Public Transportation Line
- Close to Downtown
- Several TV Rooms
- Serenity Gardens
- Pool Table
- Exercise/Weight Room
Board of DirectorsJane Surbeck, President
James Zuber, Vice President
Kenneth Smallwood, Treasurer
Jay Allen, Secretary
Quinton Ellis, Attorney
Dennis Zent, State Representative- House District 51
Sunday Helstrom, Toys for Tots Coordinator
Dennis Schebig, Retired Fort Wayne Police Officer
James Garigen, Founder of Invisible Vets
Mission StatementThe mission of Shepherd's House is to rebuild the lives of those who society views as hopeless into sober and productive assets to the community
Shepherd's House Statement of FaithShepherd's House is founded on Christian principles and believes in the authority of Scriptures. We believe in the trinity and that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. We are a faith-based, non-profit who offers these types of foundations and principles to the clients of Shepherd’s House in all that we do. We treat all men with dignity and respect, and Shepherd’s House respects the belief systems of all clients and encourages all men in their faith journey in recovery from addictions.
- Total veteran population: 22,658,000 (Per the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
- 23% of the homeless population are veterans
- 67% have served 3-7 years
- 89% have received an Honorable Discharge
SupportersVice President Mike Pence
Senator Todd Young
Congressman Jim Banks
Congressman Marlin Stutzman
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry
New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald
Superior Court Judge John Surbeck Jr.
Superior Court Judge Frances Gull
Superior Court Judge Wendy Davis
Magistrate Samuel Keirns
The Lord is Our Beacon of HopeShepherd’s House helps battle the nation’s drug and alcohol problem at the local level. We have expanded services with a second facility that provides additional shelter, support, and services. Our hope is to bolster efforts to reduce substance abuse and addiction in our community, and further reduce the recidivism rate. Shepherd’s House serves a large population of homeless veterans. The majority of our veterans are also suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other mental health issues. Many struggle with suicidal ideation.
Participants work closely with social workers to create individualized treatment plans and then meet regularly to work on case management. The goal is to establish and maintain abstinence while increasing their knowledge of the disease and the process of recovery. Veterans are provided with a variety of services designed to assist them as they move from homelessness into permanent housing. Veterans are transformed with hard work, motivation, accountability, and support from staff, veterans are transformed. The results are life altering and, for many participants lifesaving.