Tomra “Tomi” Cardin is the founder of Redemption House, a recovery home she founded in 2012 after serving as a volunteer chaplain in the county jail. Her heart broke for the women she met there, who were caught in a cycle of drug use and turmoil, something she related to from her own history of addiction. “I saw myself in those women,” she recalls. “God gave me a vision for a transition home where women could develop good habits and live in a sober environment, where they could discover God’s love for them and the future he has for them. That vision was our first Redemption House.”
Today, Tomi is the CEO of Redemption House Ministry, a network of recovery houses in Fort Wayne. A Bluffton, Ind. native, she earned BA and MA degrees in organizational leadership from Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne and University of Saint Francis, and she’s currently working on a Doctorate in Theology at Evangelical Seminary in Pennsylvania. Tomi is well-known and active throughout the community, serving on a variety of boards and committees. She is a member of Anchor Community Church and has chaired the church board.