Mission25, formerly known as "The Lighthouse", is a not-for-profit 501c3 corporation under Interfaith Mission, Inc. We are dedicated to ministering to the homeless and those who are at risk of becoming homeless in Whitley County. In addition to providing shelter, food and clothing to its residents, Mission25 provides an array of support services including case management, self-esteem building, parenting and other types of self-sufficiency programming.
In October 1999, the Columbia City United Methodist Church agreed to let Interfaith Mission, Inc. use the house next door to the church at no cost. Staff members were hired in January 2000 and the shelter opened in February.
The location at 205 North Chauncey was used from February 2000 to November 2002. During that time 60 clients were served – single women and single moms with children. In addition to the original shelter, Columbia City United Methodist Church allowed us to use the apartment next door to transition residents from the shelter to their own housing, while still meeting with a case manager to continue budgeting and goal setting.
In November 2002, we moved to a newly renovated location for the shelter at 500 West Business 30/Columbia City/IN/46725. The shelter has been serving men, single women, single parents with children from 2002 to current.
Our vision is a safe and stable home for every person in Whitley County.
We are providing the pathway of prevention, transition and
restoration for homeless people in Whitley County.
We value the dignity of every person we serve
We value family, and seek to keep and preserve ties between parents, children and siblings
We value and seek to model self-sufficiency
We value not just helping temporarily, but in building the skills for an independent, sustainable life
We value loving the entire person, body, mind and spirit
We value the safety, health and well-being of those we serve
We value the empowerment of those we serve