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The ReStoration Corner

Christy Ohlrogge

Christy Ohlrogge joins us as an AmeriCorps Service Member looking to step into new opportunities to make a difference as a communicator for change. Having lived in the Twin Cities her entire life, she plans to use her degree in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota to help others and advocate for change to improve quality of life in Minnesota. She loves cats, food, photography, and watches a plethora of shows on TV (including anime).

Recent Posts

Hardware & Tools

Posted by Christy Ohlrogge on Aug 29, 2019 10:29:00 AM

Looking to upgrade your tool box but don’t have anyone to pass your oldies down to? Never fear! The Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore is one of the few places that take used tools donations. You may ask, “there’s no way you take everything – so what’s acceptable to donate?” Well, this blog is the answer to all the questions you could have related to hardware and tools at ReStore.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Donate, 2019

A Game of "Thrownes"

Posted by Christy Ohlrogge on Jul 19, 2019 2:10:00 PM

When it came time for our ReStores to host the Upcycle Challenge back in April, ReStore Sale Associate, Mark, jumped at the opportunity. For the challenge, anyone could choose a chair from the ReStore and "upcycle" it by turning it into something new. Mark saw the perfect chair—and had the perfect idea to go with it.

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Topics: ReStore Staff, 2019, Upcycle

DIY Rain Garden

Posted by Christy Ohlrogge on Jul 3, 2019 9:42:00 AM

This year at our Jordan Week of Kindness event, our partners at Metro Blooms demonstrated how to plant a rain garden. Here's what we learned so you can plant your own rain garden and help pollinators in your neighborhood. You can also check out Metro Blooms' complete guide to building a rain garden.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, 2019

Windows and Doors Galore

Posted by Christy Ohlrogge on Jun 18, 2019 1:01:00 PM

We've always got all the things a potential DIYer could need to make some changes in their home - including knowledge! Read up from our information archive on things to know when you want to replace windows and doors - and drop by either of our locations to find what you're looking for!

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Topics: Shopping Tips, 2019

Retire to Do Something, Not from Something

Posted by Christy Ohlrogge on May 14, 2019 10:15:56 AM

After nearly 17 years with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, David Michaelson retired on August 31, 2018. David has shown undeniable passion and a particular interest in green building during his time with Twin Cities Habitat.

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Topics: Volunteer Spotlight, 2019

Follow Your Donation at ReStore

Posted by Christy Ohlrogge on May 8, 2019 11:22:47 AM

Most can probably guess a few steps on the path a donation will take at a ReStore Home Improvement Outlet, but what about those missing pieces? This blog will take you to all the possible stops a donation might make on its way to the sales floor.

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Topics: Insider, 2019

The Joy of Volunteering

Posted by Christy Ohlrogge on Apr 19, 2019 1:15:00 PM

If you walk into the Minneapolis ReStore on any given Wednesday, there's a good chance you could see Regular Volunteer, Paul H. pop out on the floor from time to time. Paul is known for his enthusiasm toward ReStore and Habitat's mission - and can often be found singing great tunes. He even makes his own versions themed after our ReStore!

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Topics: Volunteer Spotlight, 2019

The DIY Gift Season

Posted by Christy Ohlrogge on Apr 10, 2019 12:14:17 PM

Now that we're (finally) hitting spring weather, many will start to feel the desire to do spring cleaning and projects around the house. We often forget, though, that gifts can also be DIY projects - and they can mean so much more because of the care and effort put into them.

Since spring is also the time for Mother's and Father's Day, here's some ideas for fun gifts you can make - and we can help you with materials from our ReStores!

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Topics: DIY, 2019

Newbie Upcycle Challenger

Posted by Christy Ohlrogge on Mar 29, 2019 11:30:00 AM

Hi everyone, I'm an AmeriCorps member serving in the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity office. With this illustrious title comes everything you would expect: lack of construction skills.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, DIY, 2019

Cristo Rey- Andrese

Posted by Christy Ohlrogge on Jan 15, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Two years ago, we posted a blog about the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Corporate Work Study Program. Students from this program spend time working at a partner organization to cultivate both experience and skills. Unlike other programs, though, it also helps to pay for their tuition.

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Topics: Volunteer Spotlight, volunteers, 2019