Big Brothers Big Sisters Announce New Location

By Rachel Martin

October 2, 2012 Updated Oct 2, 2012 at 5:58 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana can now offer more services to children in need by moving a to new location.

Tuesday morning the mentoring program announced its new partnership with The Summit, owned by Ambassador Enterprises, and will move to the former Witmer Hall on west Rudisill Blvd.

Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Josette Rider says the old facility on Fairfield Ave. is too small to accommodate the over 2,000 matches in the area. Rider says Big Brothers serves more children than Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Chicago, and there are still 500 kids on the waiting list.

“This is so exciting! I mean, it makes you nervous, there's a lot to do and that means you have to do a lot more. There's so much more to be done and I think our staff, our board, our donors, and our Bigs are just really excited about getting more involved in the community,” said Rider.

With the new partnership and facility, Rider says she hopes to double their services and help 4,000 to 5,000 children within the next five years.

“This new facility is going to expand our space, expand the opportunity for partnerships with other community leaders so that we can really bring those opportunities to more and more children across Northeast Indiana,” she said.

Rider says Big Brothers will start a $6 million capital campaign to support the growing organization and its programs. The organization will move into the new facility Jan. 1, 2013. Rider says the old facility is up for sale.

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