We've Merged!

Fort Wayne Office
2020 E. Washington Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46803

Huntington Office & ReStore
250 Commerce Dr.
Huntington, IN 46750

Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Allen and Huntington counties have combined services to form Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne. The new organization will continue to provide the opportunity for affordable homeownership to hardworking families and operate ReStore locations in both counties.

“When two well-established programs work in such proximity to each other, it only makes sense to combine efforts,” said Norris Friesen, former Huntington County Habitat board member and member of the new Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne advisory committee for the county. “Our goal is to consolidate back office operations and focus our combined resources on increasing capacity to better serve area families.”

The merger was finalized between the two counties’ board of directors and approved by Habitat for Humanity International in early May. The combined effort through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne will increase more than the efficiency of the organization. New homeownership opportunities will add to Habitat GFW’s ability to provide holistic solutions to breaking the cycle of poverty in the two communities.

The new organization will also bring new home designs to the cities and towns in both counties, blending into the existing architecture and personality of the communities.

“While home building is important, we will be emphasizing community building as well,” said Justin Berger, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne. “We are actively seeking to collaborate with local businesses, government and other organizations to increase the reach and impact we have on the lives of families.”

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne will also make expansion of the ReStore retail stores a priority. “The financial support the ReStore provides Habitat and the services it renders to the communities make it a vital part of our operation,” Berger said. “Without a doubt the merger multiplies the impact the ReStore will have on the two counties.”