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Local Habitat to merge with Allen County

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017

The combined services of the Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Allen and Huntington counties have formed Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne. The announcement of the merger came Monday, May 22, with the new organization continuing to provide the opportunity for affordable homeownership to families and operate ReStore locations in both counties.

Staci Mathias is the resource development coordinator for the combined affiliates and was the former office manager for Huntington. She commented, “The ReStore is staying and I will be staying. I will be the person in town that has that local contact, and so I will remain full time.” She also said that JoAnn Burnau and all of the ReStore staff are staying just as they are.

Officials of Habitat believe the combined effort will increase more than the efficiency. “When two well-established programs work in such proximity to each other, it only makes sense to combine efforts,” says 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.”

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne is making expansion of the ReStore retail stores a priority. New holistic solutions to breaking the cycle of poverty in the two communities will also be possible through the organization with new homeownership opportunities. New home designs will be available to the cities and towns in both counties, blending into the existing architecture and personality of the areas.