St. Joseph Community Health Foundation Awards $35,000 Grant to Amani Family Services



Fort Wayne, IN (June 6, 2017) – Amani Family Services has been awarded a grant in the amount of $35,000 by the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation (SJCHF).

The SJCHF grant will be used to provide substance abuse groups and counseling services for immigrant and refugee individuals and families and support Amani’s mission of partnering with immigrant and refugee families and the community to promote safety, encourage personal growth, and foster a spirit of belonging.

“This grant will be used to assist us in continue providing mental wellbeing assessments, counseling, and substance abuse education for needy refugee and immigrant families, with special attention to those affected by cultural integration, crime, and child abuse or neglect. Because of the limited means of this population and because of the added cost of providing qualified interpretation, grant funding is important to our organization and our community – it truly makes a difference,” said Amani Executive Director, Irene Paxia.

Amani Family Services Inc. is a private nonprofit organization serving around 1,000 families and individuals from around the world who have made Allen County their home. It is one of the largest nonprofit agencies serving immigrants and refugees in the area, offering four programs, and employing approximately 40 multilingual staff members and contractors. Amani services include child abuse/neglect intervention and prevention, victim care, and counseling.