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Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County announces new ReStore Manager

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (July 21, 2020) – Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Tennessee (HFHMCTN) has announced that Susan Thornberry has been named ReStore Manager at the Clarksville location. She will oversee the day-to-day operations of the ReStore as well as manage staff, volunteers, and outreach efforts.

Thornsberry recently moved to Erin, TN after spending the last several years in Washington state, where she served as the manager for multiple thrift stores. Her extensive background in thrift store retail operations will elevate the presence of the ReStore in the Clarksville community.

“Susan’s experience is going to help us serve more families and provide a better experience for shoppers,” HFHMCTN Executive Director Rob Selkow said. “The improvements to the Restore were evident on her first day on the job and shoppers are going to realize that pretty quickly.”

The ReStore is a critical revenue source for the Clarksville-based Habitat for Humanity housing ministry. All goods sold in the store are donated by individuals, businesses, and organizations and proceeds directly benefit low-income families in need of affordable housing.

“I love the mission and am grateful for the opportunity to work with Habitat volunteers to grow the Restore,” Thornsberry said.

Follow Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County and the Clarksville ReStore on Facebook or sign up for the e-newsletter for updates. 

To schedule a pickup or request more information about Clarksville ReStore, call 931-645-4242 or email donate@clarksvillerestore.org. Donations can also be dropped off at the rear loading dock at 404 Madison Street in downtown Clarksville. 

Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County welcomes four new board members

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (July 1, 2020) – Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Tennessee (HFHMCTN) has elected four new members to the affiliate’s Board of Directors. Joining the board are Ronald Bailey, Aminah Eyiowuawi, Sonda Finley, and John Johnson.

“Habitat is very fortunate to have these new members on our board.  Each one brings unique skills and experience that will contribute to the betterment of Habitat and its mission,” HFHMCTN Board President Lynn stokes said. “We are thankful for their willingness to serve our community and Habitat families.”

The new members of the Board of Directors assumed their official duties in June.

RONALD BAILEY

Retired Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey currently serves as the Vice President for External Affairs at Austin Peay State University (APSU). He is an APSU alumnus and a former Governors football player.

Before coming back to APSU, Bailey served for 40 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. During that time, he oversaw the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, served as commanding general of the First Marine Division, as commanding general of the Third Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and as deputy director for operations of the Joint Staff. He was also a Military National Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and later became the deputy commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations for the Marine Corps.

-Information courtesy of APSU

AMINAH EYIOWUAWI

Aminah Eyiowuawi currently works as a Portfolio Manager/Credit Analyst at a community bank in Clarksville, TN. As a community banker, she helps small business owners and larger industry leaders make an impact in the local area.

Eyiowuawi earned an Associates in Arts degree during 2006 with a concentration in accounting from Hopkinsville Community College. She also received a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in accounting during 2008, followed by a Masters of Business Administration from Murray State University in Murray, KY. In 2018, she attended The Southeastern School of Consumer Credit, earning a certificate of completion.

She is a former Hopkinsville, KY resident, who currently resides in Clarksville, TN. She is also a member of Clarksville Young Professionals.

“Being a single-mother since 16 years old, Habitat touched my soul as the right fit and felt like a connection from God,” Eyiowuawi said. “Affordable housing is needed within every community and is what helped me through college and most of my life. God has led me to an organization that I feel confident will be a great fit. Habitat is a breathing ground to see the grace of God, home building, finances and a love for community all together in one place! These things combined ignite my soul!”  

SONDA FINLEY

Sonda Finley is the Senior Corps/Human Resource Director with six years of experience working alongside the executive team at Clarksville-Montgomery County Community Action Agency (CMCCAA). She has worked in the Human Resource field for over 25 years and is particularly experienced in managing benefits, employment training, HRIS, employee relations, and performance management.

Finley is a veteran of the now inactive USAREUR VII Army Corps of the United States Army.  She is inspired daily by her husband Tim and their three sons. In her free time, Sonda likes to read, crochet, and spend time with her granddaughter and grandson.

JOHN JOHNSON

John Johnson retired from the Army in 2009 after 24 years of service.  Since then, he has been working for the State of Tennessee as an Employee Development Specialist for Vocational Rehabilitation, a division of the Department of Human Services.  In this role, he assists people who have disabilities to help them prepare for and maintain employment.

“I wanted to be a member of the Habitat Board because I wanted to have a bigger role in giving back to the community and have a positive impact in other lives,” Johnson said.

Art by Jackie Lewis on display at Clarksville ReStore’s Community Space

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (May 13, 2020) – Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Tennessee welcomes local pyrography artist Jackie Lewis to the Community Space in the Clarksville ReStore.

Lewis’s work is on display and on sale now in the space for a limited time.

According to Lewis, pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other suitable materials by burning words or images into them. Lewis creates unique pyrography designs on pieces of wood or jewelry and uses fused glass and acrylics for her other art designs. You can request custom designs by contacting Lewis at jewelrybyjackie2015@gmail.com or on Instagram @pyrography_artist_jackie_lewis

Visit the Clarksville ReStore’s new Community Space at 404 Madison Street in downtown Clarksville to view samples of Jackie’s work and browse the newly reopened ReStore. Please note that masks are required in-store and social distancing must be practiced.

Habitat for Humanity plans to feature a variety of local artists in the space. For more information about the art displays, email info@habitatmctn.org or call 931-645-4222 ext. 1000.

The Community Space was made possible by a grant from Best of Clarksville, a local organization that provided donations for local and national charitable groups for 19 years before retiring the program in early 2020. Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County was one of the last nonprofit organizations to receive funding from Best of Clarksville.

The Community Space will serve as a separate area within the ReStore for art programs, youth mentoring, nonprofit meetings, and much more. Further information about use of the space will be provided in the coming months.

Follow Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County and the Clarksville ReStore on Facebook or Instagram (@habitatmctn and @clarksvillerestore) or sign up for the e-newsletter for updates. 

Clarksville ReStore schedules phase one reopening for Friday, May 8

The store, which benefits Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, will be reopened to the public with certain restrictions due to COVID-19

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (May 4, 2020) – Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Tennessee (HFHMCTN) will reopen the Clarksville ReStore on Friday, May 8.

The new store hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice to give employees additional time to deep-clean the facility every morning. In addition, staff will also implement new cleaning and sanitation procedures in all high traffic-areas and restrooms for public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrance of the store and all customers, visitors, employees, and volunteers are required to wear a mask inside the store until further notice. Proper social distancing techniques will be encouraged at all times through the use of floor markers, employee training, and signs.

Staff will not provide loading or unloading assistance at this time for purchased items or donations to avoid unnecessary closeness or touching.

No more than 30 customers are permitted in the store at one time. These new protocols are based on guidance from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Wearing a face mask and keeping six feet apart will be requirements for everyone who enters the store,” Executive Director Rob Selkow said. “These measures are in place to protect the safety of not only our staff and volunteers, but our customers as well. We want to do our part to stop the spread.”

Customers are also encouraged to shop the Clarksville ReStore online. Please note that not all items in-store are available online.

The Habitat for Humanity affiliate office is unavailable to the public without first making an appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted. Call 931-645-4222 ext. 1003 or email info@habitatmctn.org to request an appointment. Homeowner/applicant services are limited and all committee meetings will be held remotely.

Follow Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County and the Clarksville ReStore on Facebook or sign up for the e-newsletter for updates. 

To schedule a pickup or request more information about Clarksville ReStore, call 931-645-4242.

Clarksville ReStore goes digital with online store

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (April 20, 2020) – Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Tennessee (HFHMCTN) has launched an online retail store to sell donated items, focusing on home goods, furniture, and building supplies. 

The Clarksville ReStore is a critical revenue source for the Clarksville-based housing ministry. Since closing in March due to COVID-19, Habitat developed the online platform to fund its homebuilding programs for low-income families in Clarksville-Montgomery County. 

“2020 started out as a milestone year with funding secured for three new homes in our first three months, then coronavirus hit,” HFHMCTN Executive Director Rob Selkow said. “It’s our hope that shoppers will use and share our online store to help make up the shortfall and maintain all programs and projects.”

By visiting shopclarksvillerestore.org, buyers can shop by category or browse the available inventory as items are added daily. Categories include cabinets, flooring, furniture, home decor, lawn and garden, lighting, and miscellaneous.  

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, items sold in the online store are available for pickup by appointment only. Once an item is purchased online, staff will contact the buyer to schedule an appointment. Customers must be able to load their own items. Items are sold as is and returns will not be accepted once the buyer picks up the item. Deliveries and shipping are not currently available.

Donations are encouraged. All items for sale through ReStore have been donated by individuals, businesses, and churches and the need for donations has never been greater. 

“We are accepting donations, though we cannot assist with unloading due to limited staff availability,” Selkow said.  “We ask that donations be left in view of our security cameras, because we have experienced periodic theft of donations during the pandemic.” 

Donations should be dropped off at the rear loading dock at 404 Madison Street in downtown Clarksville. 

The physical location remains closed through the end of April, and an official reopening date has not yet been announced. Follow Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County and the Clarksville ReStore on Facebook or sign up for the e-newsletter for updates. 

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