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.

  • May 28, 2014

    Services Offered

    • 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’
  • May 29, 2014

    Our Facility

    • 36 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
  • May 30, 2014

    Board of Directors

    • Jane Surbeck, President
    • James Zuber, Vice President
    • Dennis Zent, Voting Member, State Representative- House District 51
    • Dennis Schebig, Secretary, Retired Fort Wayne Police Officer
    • Magistrate Jason Custer, Voting Member, Allen County Superior Court
    • Mark Music, Treasurer
    • Terry McDonald, Voting Member, CEO New Haven Chamber of Commerce, Former Mayer of New Haven, IN
    • Dean Huey, Voting Member, Retired Allen County Police Officer 1983 to 2008
  • May 31, 2014

    Mission Statement

    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
  • May 31, 2014

    Shepherd's House Statement of Faith

    Shepherd'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.
  • June 1, 2014

    National Statistics

    • 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
  • June 2, 2014


    • Vice 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
  • June 4, 2014

    The Lord is Our Beacon of Hope

    Shepherd’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.