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May 01 2023

ReStore Your Passion 2023 Recap


ReStore Your Passion attendees at a table

Our 6th Annual ReStore Your Passion event was full of fun, food, and fundraising for Habitat Partner Families.  In the past 6 years, this fundraiser has now funded 9 Habitat homes changing the lives of 9 families in our community!

Since its inception in 2018, ReStore Your Passion has now helped Habitat build 9 homes through community sponsorships, ticket sales, donated raffle items, crowdfunding, and the auction of Goddess Contractor team furniture pieces.

2023 Goddess Contractors

Goddess Contractors or “GCs” (a play-off of the term General Contractor) are female community leaders who assemble a team to crowdfund and refurbish furniture items donated through the Habitat ReStore. Each one-of-a-kind, secondhand piece, is then styled at the event venue the night of the gala and auctioned off with all of the accessories.

Hailie at ReStore Your Passion

Congrats to our winning Goddess Contractor’s

Most Repurposed: Kayla Brumett, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union
Most Donors (104 donors): Abby Raven, ProFed Credit Union
People’s Choice: Amanda Kinneman, PNC
Highest Fundraiser ($10,095 raised!): Amanda Kinneman, PNC
  • “Habitat has created a brighter future for my children — we are building generational wealth.”


    Habitat Homeowner

TiAnna and kids

It wouldn’t have been a true Habitat for Humanity event without our guest of honor, Habitat homeowner TiAnna Morris-Barnes. TiAnna shared her journey toward affordable homeownership alongside her two kiddos (who may or may not have stolen the spotlight).

Two years after her bankruptcy, TiAnna was determined to apply for the Habitat Homeownership Program and show her children homeownership was possible. TiAnna got a second job to help with saving money, and continued going to school, all while working hard to finish her 200 hours of sweat equity. Her dedication paid off when she closed on her new home in just 9 months! “I felt encouraged by Habitat staff and volunteers throughout the program and found that once I put my mind to something, I won’t stop until I get it.”

Thank you to everyone who make affordable homeownership possible for families like TiAnna!

Special thanks to Jess Stauffer with J3Designs Photography for capturing the night. Food was sponsored by Toby & Misha Thomas, Franklin Electric, 1st Source Bank, and Premier Bank and featured Fort Wayne favorites such as Casa, Club Soda, Salsa Grille, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Portillo’s, Shigs in Pit, The Sassy Vegan, and UMI.

Want to get involved? Volunteer opportunities come in all shapes and sizes! Got an hour to donate lunch? How about 2-3 hours to volunteer at the ReStore? Or, join us on the build site for an 8-hour construction day — we have lots of fun and your time is transformational for families working tirelessly to reach their dream of homeownership.

Thank you to our 2023 ReStore Your Passion Sponsors

Toby & Misha Thomas  •  Franklin Electric  •  1st Source Bank  •  Indiana Tech

First Merchants Bank  •  Glo Magazine  •  Lancia Homes

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