A Program dedicated to serving families in the Brookmill Court Community
Project Incentive serves children and families who are living in Brookmill Court Apartments, a low-income housing community in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The children in this community are at risk for lower educational achievement, participation in delinquent or risk-related activities, and growing up to live in poverty as adults.
Lifeline’s goal is to intervene early, preventing such things from occurring as they grow older. By giving them a consistent, quality education we’re equipping preschool-aged children with strong social skills, the tools to make healthy choices, and good learning habits in an effort to break the cycle of poverty that is so prevalent in this community. In addition, the program also addresses the needs of the families as a whole, as we bring them support, counseling, and education to strengthen their families and their futures as they seek self-sufficiency. Part of the reason Lifeline is able to have a significant impact at Brookmill Court Apartments is the fact that we are not simply serving this community, but we are in the community. Our staff offices and program’s operation take place on grounds in the community building at Brookmill Court Apartments. It is this enduring presence and the well-known compassion of our staff that have allowed our program to be so successful.
Building Blocks Preschool
This free-of-charge preschool operates five days per week, with weekly lesson plans and activities centered on specific educational themes. Through one-on-one teaching time, teachers are able to give special attention to problem areas or areas of strength. In addition to academic knowledge, the children in the program are learning concepts that can’t be taught by words, but rather by experience, modeling, and consistency, such as solving problems, working hard to achieve a goal, and making healthy choices.
Project Incentive’s services also include regular, intentional outreach to parents—many of whom are single parents. Through partnerships with the Fort Wayne Housing Authority, monthly peer meetings called “Empowering Women Now” are occurring where women receive educational tools, support, and encouragement from others within the community.
This program is available on a voluntary basis to families who are in need of more concentrated attention and help. Trained staff, including Masters-level Therapists as needed, address areas such as communication, anger management, responsible thinking, parenting skills, setting boundaries, effective / age appropriate discipline, substance use/abuse, and life skills. Case management and therapy to address these objectives are then provided as needed through weekly in-home visits, allowing families to receive confidential, discreet help in the privacy of their own home.
Other Lifeline Programs
If you are looking for a program for your family or teen not involved with the legal system, please visit the website of our sister organization, Crosswinds. Crosswinds provides family counseling and a teen residential counseling program to everyday families struggling with serious issues.