About EWSC  

The East Wayne Street Center (EWSC) is a not-for-profit organization focused on strengthening families and individuals empowering them to become self–sufficient. Originally the old Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church built in 1917; the Center has been empowering low income families and children in Fort Wayne for the past 45 years.  The Center focuses on improving the overall living conditions of impoverished households by stabilizing the home environment, addressing the environmental impediments and paving the pathway to self sufficiency with education.


Most of the families served by the East Wayne Street Center are single female-headed families. The median annual income for female-headed households with children under six years old is roughly one-fourth that of two-parent families. Research indicates that children from single-parent families are more likely to drop out of school and have trouble keeping jobs as young adults. Seventy-five percent of children in homes below the federal poverty guidelines live with a single parent. Forty percent of the births in Allen County are to single mothers and twenty-four percent of children under age six live in poverty. These Indiana statistics identify the target population for the East Wayne Street Center programs: Family Literacy, Project Solve and Food Bank.



Board of Directors


Diana Jackson, Chairman                

Asst. Director of Diversity/International

Ivy Tech Community College


Kirby Moss, Secretary


Moss Law Offices


Ian Rolland, Treasurer                     

Retired Lincoln Life President


Kim Barnett-Johnson, Vice President                                   

Dean, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences      

Ivy Tech Community College                      


Clarence Benton

Retired GM Manager


Steve Collins


Fort Financial Credit Union


Gregory Copeland                            


Copeland Contracting


Donald Gage

Sales & Service Agent



Jean Hershberger                             

Vice President

Centier Bank


Crystal Milton, MS.ED.

Academic Advisor

IPFW General Studies Dept.


Carolyn Spake-Leeper

CB Richard Ellis/Sturges


Annual Report