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This is a group of individuals in Fort Wayne, IN that desire to show kindness, grace, and love in the most exciting ways possible through Intentional Acts of Kindness.

Welcome to the stories of The Intentionals.

Contact us at TheIntentionals at GMAIL dot COM

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We’re fans of Improv Everywhere, especially when they do events like this one. Imagine being the kid who won a race he didn’t even know he was in. Imagine being in the crowd having a great time watching a crazy event like this. Imagine choosing to dress up, be a part of the event, and having an experience you’ll always talk about. 

Who’s up for doing this at The FW Children’s Zoo? 

Some of The Intentionals have taken the Pay It Forward Indiana challenge seriously and connected with the Principal at Prince Chapman Academy, Ed Gonzales, and encouraged him to promote the spirit of Intentional Acts of Kindness within his school. He’s going to promote within his body & also pass along to other principals he knows. These Intentionals are also giving the cards to the other teachers they know & asking them to promote in their classrooms & give to their teacher friends.

As you can see, it’s not hard to spread the word about how Intentional Acts of Kindness can make positive impacts in people’s lives no matter how small or big they may be. 

We’re eager to see how well this goes!

Back in January, we were contacted by Pay It Forward Indiana and asked to participate in the 2011 Pay It Forward Week. We’re excited to partner with them to represent NE Indiana in this initiative. So, we’re encouraging all of you to participate by doing an Intentional Act of Kindness to someone unexpectedly. 

Here are the details from the Pay It Forward Indiana website:

International Pay It Forward Day was a huge success in 2010. Over 28 Countries and roughly a half million people participated in “Paying it Forward” by doing random acts of kindness for others. Indiana was the ONLY state to follow with a full week of kindness called Indiana’s Pay It Forward Week! 

It’s easy! Simply do something nice for one to three people and expect nothing in return. Simply ask them to “Pay It Forward” to someone else and help spread the word. It can be something as small as holding a door open for someone, smiling at a stranger, lending an ear to someone in need or as big as volunteering at a homeless shelter, giving blood, or organizing a food drive. The possibilities are endless! 


International Pay It Forward Day, April 28, 2011 
Indiana Pay It Forward Week, April 28th - May 7th, 2011 
Elkhart Pay It Forward Festival, May 7th, 2011 

Here is the card you can use to pass on the notion of this event as you Pay It Forward. You can click each image to download a PDF of a full sheet of each side. 

If you Pay It Forward during that week, please let us know by leaving a comment on this post or send us an email at TheIntentionals @

We’ve taken our sweet ol’ time figuring out what the next mission should be and we think we have a few good ideas that we’ll tell you about soon. 

Since then we’ve put on a new shirt (aka…got a new site design) and setup an email distribution tool so we can send you details about upcoming missions. 

We also would like something from you. 

  • Join That Email List - Link 
  • Follow Us on Twitter - Link
  • Email us Your Mission Ideas - Link 

Email blasts and Twitter seem to be the best ways to communicate the mission details outside of this website. We don’t do Facebook because we like to keep a little bit of mystery and discovery to The Intentionals. 

If you do submit Mission Ideas, please remember 3 things:

  1. Our focus is on intentional acts of kindness. Everyone loves a good flash mob dance scene, but we’re going to want to know how it can show an act of kindness to someone else. 
  2. If you submit an idea, we’re going to push you to lead the mission. It’s only fair that the person with the idea runs point on the mission. 
  3. You don’t need a group of people to be intentional, so don’t wait on us to surprise someone with kindness this week.

Talk to you all soon.

Help-Portrait was a success today due to the many volunteers who put in a lot of hours taking photos, editing them, doing make-up and keeping everything running smoothly. 
We’ll post a full mission recap next week.
Amazing day for sure.

Help-Portrait was a success today due to the many volunteers who put in a lot of hours taking photos, editing them, doing make-up and keeping everything running smoothly. 

We’ll post a full mission recap next week.

Amazing day for sure.

Help-Portrait is our next Mission happening in Fort Wayne on December 11th at Charis House. 

Details coming soon. Leave a comment if you’re interested in helping and what part you’d like to play. We need photographers, hair, makeup, photo editors, organizers, leaders, and people that just want to hang out with the women and children of Charis House. 

December 12th is the next Intentionals Mission. We love the concept behind Help-Portrait so much that we MUST organize it hear in Fort Wayne. We need your help!!

Here is what Help-Portrait is all about


Founded by Celebrity Photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help-Portrait is a community of photographers, coming together across the world to use their photography skills to give back to their local community.

On or around 04 December, photographers around the world will be grabbing their cameras, finding people in need and taking their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered.

Yep. It really is that easy.

And by the way, we don’t want to see your photos. This is about GIVING the pictures, not taking them. These portraits are not for your portfolio, website, or for sale. Money isn’t involved here. This holiday season, you have the chance to give a family something they may have never had before—a portrait together.

As you can see it’s exactly what the Intentionals are all about. Here are the details for the day’s event:

Date: Saturday, December 11th

Time: 10am - 4pm

Location: Charis House431 Fairmount Place


No matter who you are, there’s a place for you to serve at this event. We’ll be at Charis House from 10am-4pm, and we’re asking people to sign up for a 2-hour volunteer shift. We are in need of all kinds of volunteers (no photography expertise necessary)

  • Photographers
  • Photo editors
  • Helpers (no expertise necessary!)
  • Kids helpers (kids make up 50% of Charis House!)
  • Makeup/hair artists

We are also in need of all kinds of equipment to use for the day:

  • Lighting / backdrop equipment
  • Photo printers
  • Ink cartridges
  • Photo paper
  • Etc. office equipment
  • Power strips / extension cords

To volunteer for a 2-hour (or more!) shift by filling out the online volunteer signup form.

Fort For Fitness Fanatics!

Calling all Intentionals…Ft.Wayne’s 3rd annual mini-marathon is quickly approaching in 2 weeks (Sept 25th).  I’d like to invite all of those who aren’t crazy enough to run (like my husband!) to come to the Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood to help cheer on the runners!  Our neighborhood, next to Creighton and Calhoun, is about 1.5 miles from the finish line so the runners will need extra encouragement to keep going to the end.  The race takes people up Pontiac from Fairfield (entering our neighborhood) and left on Hoagland eventually crossing Creighton (leaving our neighborhood).  There is a slight hill on Pontiac so any people willing to run alongside the runners or stand at the top to cheer would be extra encouraging!  

Neighbors have already been encouraged to wear costumes (especially kids) and bring any noise makers (pots, pans, bells, whistles) and signs to stand/sit along the sidewalks.  Prizes for the best costumes will be given.

The 5K race starts at 7:30am with mini-marathon starting at 8:00am.  We encourage you to come to our neighborhood anytime after 7:30 to cheer on the 5K’ers- top runners will be going through around 7:45am.

Feel free to email with any questions or ideas. Please remember streets (parts of Hoagland, Creighton, Pontiac, Fairfield) will be blocked off race day so depending on what direction you’re coming from, you might have to park a block or two away.   Looking forward to seeing you Sept.25!

Michelle (and baby Avery) Hoffman

michelleannhoffman (@)

On April 12th, 10+ Intentionals decided to take off work and visit the Fort Wayne VA Hospital to Thank a Vet for their service to our community. Below is a report from those Intentionals.

War and fighting are regretfully a painful part of this fallen world.  Yet here in America, we go about our business day-to-day, taking for granted the safety by which we can travel, and the security in which we fall asleep each night.

All this is due to the countless men and women who have followed the orders of our nations’ commanders to protect and preserve our quality of living in America. 

But how many times do we stop to thank these heros?  How hard is it to say “Thank You” to a veteran?  How often do we pass a young soldier in uniform without telling him/her “Thank You”? 

Several Intentionals took a day to do just this – we ‘hung out’ in the Main Waiting room at the VA Hospital here in Ft Wayne, reached out to shake the hands and say “Thank You” to living heros.  It took just a moment to let these Veterans and many active duty soldiers hear 2 simple words full of so much meaning – Thank You. 

Those 2 simple words opened the door to several deep conversations between our volunteers and Veterans.  Acceptance and affirmation are 2 of the most basic needs that we all have.  We never grow out of those needs, but we all too often stop extending acceptance and affirmation to others.  This event, as simple as it was, was extremely meaningful to both us volunteers and the Veterans.  They needed and deserved to hear our words of gratitude and appreciation.  And we were changed by their stories that followed.  Several of our volunteers said we should be taking the time to thank our Veterans on a regular basis, and they are right!  

In the Waiting Room of the VA on that day, as Veterans were simply waiting to see their doctor, they received the healing power of appreciation, gratefulness, and listening ears for what they have done for each of us.

Romans 15:5-6  May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

** The Intentionals are not a “religious” group, but it is a driving force for some of our members in their efforts to show ultimate actions of kindness. Our members are about loving their neighbors well through intentional acts of kindness because it’s the right thing to do, not to fulfill their religious agenda. 

This is the story of how a group of guys decided to become Intentional. Written by Jeff S.

How hard could it be? How hard is it to be intentionally kind towards others?

A group of 8 guys, most of which have been getting together on a weekly basis for years now to play racquetball recently became “Intentional”. After their Wednesday night games the group meets at a local restaurant for milkshakes & fellowship. Their waitress, a single mother, is expecting a second child in a matter of weeks.

The guys decided to show Amber an unexpected display of kindness one evening by throwing a baby shower. There was cake, balloons, gifts & in the spirit of more the merrier, wives also joined in on the fun. Amber was totally surprised & everyone had a great time. The next week in a show of appreciation, Amber surprised the guys with an ice cream cake.

Intentional acts of kindness – fun, easy & addictive. If a group of guys can throw a baby shower - what’s stopping you??