Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A major turn-around for a facility that's been abandoned for more than 20-years.
The old Duemling Clinic on Fairfield Avenue will be torn down so that a 36 one and two-bedroom apartment complex can be built, taking the name of "the Courtyard of Fort Wayne."
The facility is the first of its kind in the state and is designed for 18-to 25-year-olds who have "aged out" of the foster care system.
It will offer finance, educational and cooking classes, as well as individual life coaching to prepare the youth for adulthood.
SCAN Executive Director, Rachel Tobin-Smith says, “We really need to make sure they have housing, and once they have housing we can concentrate on jobs and education, finishing their education, getting them in post-secondary education. This is hugely important. A lot of times we say housing first, so that they have a safe, secure place to live, and then they can go on and flourish.”
The old Duemling Clinic is set to be demolished in November, with construction beginning in December.
The "Courtyard of Fort Wayne" should be open by this time next year.
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