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Feature Story Hop River Brewing was founded by Paris McFarthing, left, and Ben Jackson, right.

Staying alive: Hop River Brewing shares what 2020 is teaching them about 'community' in Fort Wayne

“This year, we have stretched ourselves in ways we never imagined, and we’re continuing to do that.”

Feature Story The Human Agricultural Cooperative and the Family and Friends Fund in collaboration with Hyper Local Impact is hosting an old school telethon planned for August 14 and 15.

Get details on an 'old school' telethon to support Southeast Fort Wayne

"With the telethon approach, we are able to speak directly to the community while highlighting many of the great things that are already starting to take root."

Feature Story Jacqueline Redd has lived in the same house in Southeast Fort Wayne for 41 years.

What does living in Southeast Fort Wayne mean to you? Residents fill us in

Four residents share firsthand experiences living in the 46803 and 46806 zip codes.  

Feature Story Diane Rogers was one of the organizers behind Friday's protest to save Ward School.

Demolishing hope: How the fight to save Ward School became the fight to stabilize a neighborhood“How do you destroy a community? There are several ways you do that.”

“How do you destroy a community? There are several ways you do that.”  

Feature Story Britney Breidenstein, Input Fort Wayne's On the Ground Southeast Project Editor, emceed the event.

Reflections on our first On the Ground Southeast event

On Thursday, Aug. 6., Input Fort Wayne's On the Ground Southeast program partnered with Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries Center to host a Story Slam in the Mount Vernon Park neighborhood.

Feature Story Sharon Tubbs is director of HealthVisions Midwest of Fort Wayne and a contributing writer for Ink Spot.

Blog: A persistent fear of advancing science with Black bodies

The pandemic continues its forage through communities of color, and research will be crucial to medical solutions. But collaboration and mutual benefits are key.”


Feature Story Jason Eyanson is the entrepreneur behind West Central Microcreamery and its funky flavors.

Want a non-traditional ice cream experience? Try the funky flavors of West Central Microcreamery

This ice cream shop nestled in a historic downtown Fort Wayne neighborhood is anything but ordinary, concocting more than 200 unique flavors since 2019.  

Feature Story From left, back row are Indiana Tech Women's Soccer Coaches Jim Lipocky and Glen Gomez. In front of them are players Karmina Jimenez, Alyssa Williams, Alina Garcia.

Incomers on Indiana Tech's women's soccer team share how COVID-19 is impacting their season

Incoming athletes weigh in on signing ceremonies during COVID-19 and the prospects of starting a Fall 2020 season amidst a pandemic.  

Feature Story Jason People of NEI

#PeopleofNEI: Jason, finding his happy place on the rivers

"I have never seen an unhappy person on the river.”

Feature Story Rebecca Ridley enjoys her front porch in the Renaissance Pointe neighborhood.

‘We see you, and we see good in you’: Southeast Fort Wayne residents share hopes for the community

Reflecting on Southeast Fort Wayne’s past, present, and future, residents share challenges and opportunities they see.


Feature Story A Thursday HEAL Market at the Parkview Community Greenhouse in Southeast Fort Wayne.

Getting to know Southeast Fort Wayne

Meet a few of the people and programs in 46803 and 46806.

Feature Story NeighborLink's "Face2Face with Grace" series features Kristin Giant, founder of Hyper Local Impact and powerhouse behind the Family & Friends Fund for Southeast Fort Wayne.

Align your money with your values: How Hyper Local Impact is addressing funding gaps in Fort Wayne

NeighborLink's "Face2Face with Grace" series features Kristin Giant, founder of Hyper Local Impact and powerhouse behind the Family & Friends Fund for Southeast Fort Wayne.  

Feature Story Kelsi Lee and Cote Godoy of KelsiCote perform with their Amig@s in Fort Wayne.

Beat the pandemic blues with uplifting, cross-cultural music by Fort Wayne’s KelsiCote

Releasing their new album “Ayün” amidst a global pandemic, the singer-songwriter couple sends hope and strength to amigos around the world through music.  

Feature Story Calm Foellinger Freeman botanical

#PlacesofNEI: Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

"Escape the turbulence of daily life, and explore a garden state of mind with the current exhibit "Present Tense, Future Calm.”

Feature Story Anjelica Soto and Rosemary Boxley of Sistarz & Sistarz.

Giving back to their community: This Fort Wayne nonprofit is providing families with school supplies

Rosemary Boxley and Anjelica Soto share the powerful work of Sistarz & Sistarz Nonprofit Organization.

Feature Story Bo Gonzalez is the founder of Bravas, a thriving burger and hot dog spot in the 46807.

What’s happening with Bravas? Entrepreneur Bo Gonzalez shares his plans

“I am an entrepreneur at heart and already have so many ideas swirling around ye' olde noggin'.”


Feature Story LeAnne and Derek Lavender have found new work and hope since his accident.

‘Hope after hard things’: Meet an Indiana business born from a motorcycle accident

When Derek Lavender was paralyzed from the chest down, the couple was forced to discover a new way of life and work.


Feature Story Oxford Carwash

Oxford community car wash rallies support in Southeast

Photos from a day of service and neighborhood spirit on the Southeast side.

Feature Story First & Wilkerson Designs printing

#PeopleofNEI: John, helping small businesses keep doors open

"What can we all do to help each other out and make sure we make it through difficult times like this?"

Feature Story Britney Breidenstein grew up in Southeast Fort Wayne and is passionate about serving the community there.

Changing the narrative: Meet our Project Editor for On the Ground Southeast

Get to know Britney Breidenstein and why she's passionate about the On the Ground series.

Feature Story Tiffany Brewer, Karen Birsfield, and Melonie Bradtmueller stand in front of what will be the future leasing center at Parkview Village.

This Indiana-based property management group is investing $7.5 million in Southeast Fort Wayne

A distressed 30.5-acre campus of housing is being restored to its former glory.  

Feature Story Smith Street Story Slam OTG

Attend the first On the Ground Southeast Story Slam on the theme 'Revealed'

Bridge of Grace and On the Ground Southeast are hosting story slams for 46803 and 46806 residents to share personal narratives.

Feature Story The Burger Bar in downtown Fort Wayne is participating in the new Summer Savor event.

Blog: Enjoy a special summer edition of Savor Fort Wayne to support more than 25 restaurants

While Savor Fort Wayne is traditionally held in January, this additional Savor experience is a great opportunity to support local restaurants during COVID-19.


Feature Story Auburn Garrett Drive-In

#PlacesofNEI: the Auburn Garrett Drive-In Theatre

"This is the perfect place to enjoy movies during the pandemic."

Feature Story Empty shelves at grocery stores have prompted many in Indiana to start rethinking the state's food supply chain.

‘A food crisis’: COVID-19 reveals gaps and opportunities in Indiana's food system

“With this pandemic revealing the fragility of our current food supply chain, don’t you think it’s time the state of Indiana starts feeding itself?”


Feature Story On the Ground Southeast is a new embedded journalism program Input Fort Wayne is launching in partnership with the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, Parkview Health, NIPSCO, and Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries Center.

Announcing On the Ground Southeast: An embedded journalism program in Southeast Fort Wayne

From August-September 2020, Input will be hiring Southeast Fort Wayne-based writers and photographers to produce weekly stories that generate conversations around assets, challenges, and opportunities in their neighborhoods.

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