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.
To schedule a pickup or request more information about Clarksville ReStore, call 931-645-4242 or email email@example.com. Donations can also be dropped off at the rear loading dock at 404 Madison Street in downtown Clarksville.
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.
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.
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
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.
courtesy of APSU
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
“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 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 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.
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,”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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
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.
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.
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
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,
will not provide loading or unloading assistance at this time for purchased
items or donations to avoid unnecessary closeness or touching.
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).
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to
request an appointment. Homeowner/applicant services are limited and all
committee meetings will be held remotely.
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.
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
“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.”
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.
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.
are encouraged. All items for sale through ReStore have been donated by
individuals, businesses, and churches and the need for donations has never been
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.”
should be dropped off at the rear loading dock at 404 Madison Street in