The Euell A. Wilson Center (EAWC) is a beacon of love, light and hope in the Fort Wayne community.  What started in the heart of founder, Shirley Woods, as a simple desire to help the children in her neighborhood has developed into a refuge offering both youth and family development.

The EAWC was founded in honor of Euell A. Wilson, who made an impact on the city of Fort Wayne as a standout athlete at Bishop Dwenger High School.  Although he died at the age of nineteen, his legacy lives on in the rooms of the center that bears his name in the community where he was raised. 

Focusing on faith, family and service, the EAWC serves youth and families through education, positive engagement and empowerment programs and services that nurture the whole person—mind, body and spirit.

The lives of the children and families served at the EAWC are forever changed, because we are committed to always leading with Christ’s love.

Mission Statement

The Euell A. Wilson Center is a Christian organization designed to enrich the hearts and lives of children and strengthen the family through the love of Christ.  We will do this through educational, social, performing arts and spiritual development to empower youth and their families for success immediately.  We will work to transform the lives of our juveniles through using this time for academic enrichment, wholesome fun, and community service.  We strive to protect both kids and adults from becoming victims of crime, reduce teen pregnancy, eliminates smoking and drug use.  This strategy helps youth to develop values and skills needed to become contributing citizens and productive leaders.


Board of Directors