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Wednesday, August 22, 2018 1:00 am

Habitat for Humanity director to step down

No reason given; had led organization for 8 years

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Justin Berger, director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne, is stepping down from the post after eight years. 

“The board of directors and I are working on executing (a) leadership transition plan at this time,” Berger wrote in response to questions via Facebook messaging. “My final day is not known.” The email indicated he would be leaving in the next month. 

Berger declined to say Tuesday why he was leaving. Under his leadership, Habitat developed Fuller's Landing off West Cook Road, a subdivision with 105 homes planned and 40 homes expected to be complete at the end of the year. 

Berger told The Journal Gazette in June 2017 that with the development,  the nonprofit, ecumenical Christian affordable housing organization had gone from “home building to being a community builder.” 

Last year, Habitat broke ground on a new location for ReStore, its home improvement resale operation, and this year moved to the new $4.5 million store on Lima Road for higher visibility, a 27,000-square-foot sales floor and hopes of bringing in more customers. Increasing sales will allow the organization to build more homes. 

In the past eight years, Habitat for Humanity has also expanded operations into Huntington and Wells counties and sponsored Build on Faith, a conference that brings church leaders and staff together.