Interview with Habitat for Humanity ReStore Manager, Kevin Kelly

Right now we’re in the middle of our annual Tool Drive supporting the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. Since our efforts started in 2010, we’ve found amazing support from our clients, partners, friends and community members.

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We talked with Kevin Kelly with the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity’s new ReStore location to find out more about him, Habitat for Humanity and their Restores.

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Q. What is your position at Habitat for Humanity?

A. Store Manager at our new Eastside location (4601 Northfield Rd, North Randall).

Q. What is the Habitat for Humanity Restore?

A. Habitat for Humanity Restores are non-profit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used appliances, furniture, building materials and house ware items. We sell to the public at a lower cost than retail.

Q. How long have you been with Habitat for Humanity?

A. More than three years. I first started as a volunteer for Habitat.

Q. What are your responsibilities at the Eastside Restore?

A. I manage all aspects of the store including personnel, donations, pricing and sales.

Q. Most memorable moment working for Habitat for Humanity?

A. The most memorable moment was  a home dedication. Actually seeing a family get their home for the first time that I helped build. Also working with the many volunteers and companies.

Q. What’s the most unusual donation you’ve receives?

A. The most unusual donation was an X-ray of someone’s broken leg.

Q. Most common donations?

A. The most common donations are household items, appliances, furniture, knickknacks and  building materials.

Q. What’s on the Restore donation wish list?

A. Anything and everything.

Q. What’s best about working for Habitat for Humanity?

A. Being able to affect the community in a positive manner.

Q. The Sonnhalter tagline is “Not Afraid to Get Our Hands Dirty.” What is your favorite way to get your hands dirty at Habitat for Humanity?

A. We recently opened the new store and I helped put the store together. This was very rewarding and dirty.

Q. What’s your favorite way to get your hands dirty outside of work?

A. I like working on homes. My son recently purchased a foreclosed home and we fixed many aspects of the home. It was a lot of fun working with him on the project and purchasing many of the items from the Habitat ReStore.

Q. Anything else to add?

A. We are grateful to Sonnhalter for the annual collection and donation of tools. We truly understand the work involved and appreciate their time and generosity toward the Habitat mission.

If you’re interested in participating in the Sonnhalter Tool Drive, visit sonnhalter.com/tooldrive or contact us to find out more.

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