ReStories

Here's a fresh face you should get to know. It belongs to Andrew Carlson, new assistant manager at the Clark County Habitat for Humanity Store.

"Customer service is my heart, and I love being with people!" said Petty Blake.

Every exclamation makes that pretty obvious, and it's what makes us thrilled to have Petty on our team.

What is success?

For Richard Johnson, the answer is simple: good health, being able to watch his kids grow up…and just being able to give his 12-year-old son a $20 allowance every two weeks.

Pam Israel felt desperate. She was living in very cramped quarters, just 600 square feet for a family of six. But that wasn't the worst of it. Pam recalls the mold, electrical and plumbing issues. The mold had a nasty impact on her asthma so hospital visits became routine.

On Tuesdays Som Tamang often works behind the ReStore register. He's a Habitat future homeowner working to build 500 sweat equity hours.

He's half way there. At the end of April Som and his wife, Basanti, hit the 250 mark, and they've only been at it since February.

When warmer weather coaxes tulips and daffodils to emerge, sprucing up the homestead and spring cleaning take the top slots on many to-do lists.

You may not often see Karen Nicola in the ReStore, but she’s there, working hard four days each week. She’s kept busy in the Washington County ReStore warehouse pricing "littles’"- hardware and basically anything that isn’t large like furniture.

One thing you need to know about Jaime Pericás is that he’s interested in asking questions. Perhaps that’s the norm for a philosophy student who has spent much of his life so far studying, analyzing and becoming a critical thinker.

It’s easy enough to spot store manager Danny Dunn. He’s the one in the colorful hardhat. Today it’s a brilliant red one. His fashion forward haircut and large plastic wood-grain charcoal-rimmed glasses also set him apart.

Fifty-seven miles worth of trim! If you lined up the 60 or so loads of trim WestPac has donated to The ReStore over the past 7 months, it would go roughly 57 miles.

DIY projects take on a decidedly feminine cast when Amanda Bachelder takes out her paint brush and drop cloth. Amanda scours thrift stores, estate sales and The ReStore to bring home raw materials, used furniture and various design elements for her DIY projects.

At a very early age, Nicholas Chandler took the adventures of Louis L'Amour to heart and followed it down a path that led him--at 16--onto a freight train heading for Chicago. 

"You were brave," I said.

 "Yeah, sometimes it's just a mistake," he laughs. “Not so brave.”

At a very early age, Nicholas Chandler took the adventures of Louis L'Amour to heart and followed it down a path that led him--at 16--onto a freight train heading for Chicago. 

"You were brave," I said.

 "Yeah, sometimes it's just a mistake," he laughs. “Not so brave.”

Bundled in with homework tablets and yellow pencils, students in Vancouver and Evergreen ISD are taking food home to their families.

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