Gritzmaker named new Habitat CEO

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FORT WAYNE – Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne announced Jan. 10 that Andrew Gritzmaker will be the organization’s new CEO effective Feb. 4.

Gritzmaker has served as the executive director for the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House (MACHH) since 2013. The nonprofit hospitality house provides shelter, meals, laundry facilities and a peaceful refuge for families with children who are critically ill or injured.

“While at MACHH, I witnessed the transformational impact of safe, secure short-term housing during medical crisis. I look forward to working with Habitat in an effort to provide permanent housing solutions that will impact families as well as our community for generations to come,” Gritzmaker said in the emailed statement.

Gritzmaker is a Fort Wayne native and a graduate of North Side High School and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in public affairs and a Master of Arts in public management.

“We are extremely excited for Andrew to join our team. His enthusiasm is infectious. We believe his skills and experience will be a huge asset for the affiliate. We can’t wait for Andrew to lead the future of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne,” David Faust, chairman of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity, said in a prepared statement.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne is a nonprofit, non-denominational Christian housing ministry that works with volunteers and local investors to provide qualified families the opportunity of affordable homeownership in Allen, Huntington and Wells counties.

MACHH’s executive team has begun their search for qualified candidates to assume the role of ED and will announce their selection soon, according to an emailed statement from the organization.

“On behalf of the Hope House board, we want to thank Andrew for all of his hard work, dedication, and support of the families we are privileged to help in their time of need. We want to wish Andrew the best in his future endeavors and future successes. The Board looks forward to the opportunity to find a new executive director to continue and grow the foundation that has been built at the Hope House,” Chris Dubes, MACHH board president said in the statement.