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The ReStoration Corner

Welcome to ReStore's official blog! Here we post the latest and greatest ReStore happenings, including: DIY tips and videos, sales and contests, seasonal topics, volunteer spotlights, business donor information, and much more. 

ReStore Through the Years: Staff Changes and Growth

Posted by Jill Carmody, Senior ReStore Manager on Jan 25, 2023 9:08:00 AM

If you've stopped by ReStore in New Brighton or Minneapolis, you've probably been greeted by friendly, smiling employees. Our ReStore team keeps things running smoothly for shoppers, coordinates volunteers, processes donations, and much more. They work behind the scenes and on the sales floor to offer a positive experience for everyone. And, in recent years, the ReStore team has grown significantly. In 2014, ReStore had five full-time workers. Now, including the donation team and part-time employees, we have a team of 25. Read on to learn more about growth at each store and what it means for us—and you.

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Topics: ReStore, ReStore Staff, 2023

Employee Spotlight: Diane Finds Joy, Passion, and a Path to Homeownership

Posted by Jacob Diehl on Apr 1, 2022 4:33:26 PM

People that work for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity are passionate about the values and mission of Habitat, as well as the care and respect that the organization has for its employees, volunteers, and clients. With excellent benefits, competitive salaries, and amazing colleagues, Twin Cities Habitat strives to set up every employee for success. This has been Diane Rae’s experience working for Twin Cities ReStore Home Improvement Outlets in New Brighton. She, has found joy, passion, and even open doors to homeownership during her time on the Habitat team.

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Topics: ReStore Staff, 2022

Robin Henrichsen new Director of ReStore

Posted by Jared Laabs on Aug 20, 2021 9:44:56 AM

We're excited to announce that Robin Henrichsen is the new Director of ReStore Operations for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity! Robin will lead the strategy, business development, and operations for the ReStore Home Improvement Outlets located in the Twin Cities metro area.

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Topics: ReStore Staff, 2021

Meet ReStore's Assistant Store Manager, Jan Hagerman!

Posted by ReStore Staff on Jun 30, 2021 2:00:00 PM

This is an updated version of a previously published blog, written by Kaitlyn Dormer.

Do you recognize that face? Maybe you’ve seen her at the State Fair? Or was it on her regular DIY Friday segment on WCCO? You could’ve spotted Jan Hagerman in either of those places, or where she spends quite a bit of her time—at the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore in New Brighton where she’s the Assistant Store Manager.

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Topics: DIY, ReStore Staff, 2021

Operations Coordinator Grant Shares a History of ReStore

Posted by Jackie Moore on May 20, 2021 10:00:00 AM

ReStore Operations Coordinator Grant Carlson has worked at ReStore longer than most employees – nearly 14 years! As a longtime fixture at ReStore, Grant has had the chance to see it grow and change throughout the years.

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Topics: ReStore Staff, 2021

Meet ReStore Manager Jill

Posted by Guest Blogger on Mar 12, 2021 9:45:00 AM

Guest Blog by Jill Carmody, ReStore Manager at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore

I have always enjoyed the responsible reuse industry. We live on a crowded planet where some have too much and others not enough, and the secondhand market has always been an effective bridge between those two disparate extremes. I like to think of thrift as the original form of recycling, and it is still an incredible way to bring a second, or sometimes third and fourth, life to a product.

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Topics: ReStore Staff, 2021

Employee Spotlight: Robin Henrichsen, Donations Master!

Posted by Jackie Moore on Jan 21, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Robin Henrichsen's journey from working at Target headquarters to Habitat ReStore shows that with patience, careful reflection, and dedication, an unexpected turn can lead to new and fulfilling places.

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Topics: ReStore Staff, 2021

What have you been doing since the COVID-19 outbreak?

Posted by Jared Laabs on Apr 15, 2020 11:33:00 AM

It's a loaded question, we know, but when the COVID-19 outbreak happened about a month ago MANY things changed. It effected our employment, personal lives, mental health and social norms. Since then Twin Cities Habitat has started to operate virtually with the one goal in mind. To preserve safe, affordable, stable, homeownership. It's more crucial than ever before.

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Topics: 2020, ReStore Staff

Keep on Truckin'

Posted by Jared Laabs on Jan 30, 2020 9:55:00 AM

In 2012 Don Gustafson was hired as a Donations Receiving Assistant, otherwise known as the  ReStore donation truck driver. He’s since logged more than 100,000 miles for ReStore, and operated in all types of weather. The temperature has ranged from -25 to 105 degrees, and has endured a lot wind, rain, and snow.  

Don has since retired but found his way back to ReStore to assist when donation pick up requests skyrocket. I guess this technically isn't a retirement when he’s still driving a ReStore truck. “I tried retirement; it didn't take,” says Don. “This job remains the most interesting position I have held in my 50+ years of work experience. I give my customers back the space in their garages, while telling them about the work we do at the ReStore to support Habitat for Humanity's mission.”  

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Topics: 2020, ReStore Staff, Donate

DIY Spotlight: Lisa's Wall Shelf

Posted by Anna Skemp on Sep 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM

It’s time for another ReStore Upcycle Challenge and we can’t wait to see what our ReStore shoppers have in store for our Freestyle Flip. It is truly amazing to see how many talented DIY-ers live in the Twin Cities area, including Lisa Jepsen, who participated in our last ReStore Upcycle Challenge back in April.

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Topics: 2019, DIY, ReStore Staff, Upcycle

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