Posterity Heights given $150,000

October 2, 2018

Posterity Heights got a financial boost Monday morning.

The mixed-use development on Fort Wayne’s southeast side that will cater to single parents pursuing a college education received a $150,000 donation from the American Electric Power Foundation.

AEP Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed by the parent company of Indiana Michigan Power. The donation was presented by Toby Thomas, I&M president and chief operating officer.  

The donation gave the developers, Fort Wayne’s nonprofit Joshua’s Hand led by Pastor Cedric Walker, the chance to show off progress of the $12 million first phase of the four-phase project.

Two already constructed buildings, each planned to house 22 students and their children, now sit on the site at 4209 Plaza Drive along McKinnie Avenue east of South Anthony Boulevard.

The first of the students should be able to move in by the end of the month, Walker said during a news conference.

One of them likely will be Ashley Sherrod, 28, a single mother of two sons and a daughter ranging in age from 8 to 11. She’s already been prequalified for the program.

A case manager for Easter Seals ARC, she also is enrolled in the online University of Phoenix, studying for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She said it will enable her to work as a probation officer. 

That would mean earning enough to secure her own home, she said : perhaps in the project’s fourth phase, which will include about 80 affordable and market-rate new homes.

“I think this would be a great stepping stone for me and my children,” she said of living at Posterity Heights’ Scholar House, which is planned to include a child care center and an after-school program. “I think it’s a great opportunity.”

Janiece Norfleet, program manager for Joshua’s Hand, said 31 people including Sherrod have filled out prequalification applications, and about 60 more have indicated interest.

Walker said Joshua’s Hand is engaged in “strong conversations” with potential partners offering services, including a full-line grocery and health care clinic.

Walker said investment into the project sends a message that people in the neighborhood have value.

“It will integrate into a negative cycle ... something that will cause a turnaround for future generations,” he said.  

That’s where the name comes from, he said.  


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