She speaks softly and carries a big stick - No, I mean, she carries a big crowbar. But just how did Salvage Service supervisor Michelle Elmquist turn into such a powerhouse deconstructionist?
"One woman called me a 'sweet lady.' I don't even know how to respond," she says.
Craig Lewallen returns to The ReStore
Familiar face? Some of you may recognize Craig Lewallen from when he volunteered at our Portland ReStore and in Business Outreach. We're lucky to have Craig once again on our team -- this time as assistant manager of our
Clark County Habitat Store in Vancouver. Stop in and say hi!
Vintage tools all dressed up for Habitat 'Black Tie' event
How does The ReStore get ready for the Habitat for Humanity Hard Hat & Black Tie Dinner and auction Friday Oct. 2 at the Portland Art Museum? Our own Mark Haley created these cool rustic toolboxes out of reclaimed wood and other ReStore donations. Just add greenery and voilà! Delightful one-of-a-kind centerpieces! (READ MORE )
Salvage Service: Deconstruction is what we do!
The kitchen season is back upon us! In September our Salvage Service removed 14 kitchens. Make sure you get on the schedule soon. And remember-- if you take your kitchen out around Thanksgiving you have a reason not to cook for everyone!
ReStore decor a perfect fit for new Killingsworth bakery
Faced with a huge estimate for building custom counters and seating, owners of the newly-opened Seastar Bakery/Handsome Pizza decided to go the ReStore route instead. Katia Bezerra-Clark said she and partners Annie Moss, Will Fain and Matt Kedzie reclaimed cabinets and benches from The ReStore, fitting them into their new space at 1603 NE Killingsworth- and saving lots of dough in the process! Stop in and see what's cooking at Seastar (something wood-fired) next time you're in the neighborhood.
Got a ReStore story of your own? We'd love to hear it! Send photos to Martha@pdxrestore.org.
Now for something totally fun!
We want to thank
Commonwealth Real Estate Services for coming out to our Beaverton ReStore to build houses -- well, display signs that LOOK like houses anyway. We'll be using these appealing new signs to reinforce the ReStore mission to raise money for local Habitat home-building projects while supporting creative reuse and sustainability. Nice job, guys!
In September, ReStore volunteers in Portland, Beaverton and Vancouver logged over 4,700 hours. Those 4,700 hours put us that much closer to ending the cycle of poverty in our area.