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Habitation Nation Newsletter

We appreciate all of our families and volunteers for their hard work and dedication to strengthening the Fox Valley community!
Habitation Nation is a combined effort of The Family Services Team and The ReStore.

March/April 2013
Volume 1, Number 7

In This Issue:
National Volunteer Week Windy City Live Segment nd ReStore 2 Anniversary ReStore Staff Changes Three on Three Tournament K.L.E.O. interns New ReStore Commercial Pinterest Day St. Patricks Day Parade

The ReStore staff would like to extend a special Thank You to all our volunteers! As we recognize National Volunteer Week, April 21stto 27th, we want to thank all the volunteers who have helped make the ReStore a success. The ReStore continues to grow with the dedicated work of special volunteers. Thank you for all you do. National Volunteer Week started in 1974 as a national way to recognize those individuals committed to their civic duty and the power and impact volunteering has on the world.

Watch the Windy City LIVE Segment April 24!


The Fox Valley ReStore will be featured on a pre-recorded segment, Saving Grace,on the Windy City LIVE show, April 24, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Saving Grace stars Kevin Grace, interior designer, who will showcase ReStore furniture on a design job. Grace, with over 20 years of interior design experience, is well known for his appearance on HGTVs Design Star Season 6. More information on Grace can be found on his website, www.kevingracedesign.com. In addition to working with Kevin Grace at the taping of the Saving Grace segment, Randy Hamann, ReStore General Manager, and Robyn Gislain, ReStore Floor Manager, met HGTVs Property Brothers, twins Jonathan and Drew Scott as well as Andy Cohen, Bravo TV talk show host. Tune into Channel 7 on April 24th at 9 a.m. for Windy City LIVE.

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RESTORE VOLUNTEER TOTAL HOURS: JANUARY 2013:: 1130 hours FEBRUARY 2013: 1519 hours MARCH 2013: 1462hours

ReStore Volunteer Hours Effective Feb. 9, 2013 Tuesday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 8:30pm Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Sunday 11:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m.
Randy Hamann and Kevin Grace Robyn Gislain and Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott Kevin Grace and Andy Cohen

ReStore Celebrates Its Second Anniversary!


Join us on April 27th and 28th for the ReStores 2nd Anniversary celebration. Everyones invited to participate in a silent auction of items that will be shown on the Windy City LIVE show on April 24th. We hope everyone also enjoys the Icee machine and face painting, as well as piano playing. We will have a tent sale outside and special in-store sales. It promises to be an exciting shopping weekend. We hope to see you there.

New Year Staff Changes at the ReStore


2013 has been a busy year at the ReStore. We have four new additions to our staff: Matt Harrington, Community & Corporate Outreach Director, Robyn Gislain, Floor Manager, Sara Childs, Cashier & Sales, and Jonathan Pessina, Driver. Welcome to our newest staff! We look forward to working with you!

Three on Three Tournament! Three on Three Tournament Promises a FunFilled Day Coming August 3rd& 4th!
Fox Valley Mall will be the happening place on the weekend of August 3rd& 4th. A fund-raiser for the ReStore will be held in the Mall parking lot. Celebrities, such as former Chicago Bulls player, Craig Hodges, are expected to attend. Hodges played for the Bulls during their championship years of 1991 to 1993. Hodges is also founder of the Basketball Schools of America, a non-profit organization based out of California. Hodges along with Basketball Schools of America will help with the 3 On 3 Tournament. This big event will be sponsored by local organizations such as the Hollywood Casino Aurora. Hodges said, We dont know whats going to happen, but we know that if we all work together, we can do it, we can accomplish a lot.

The ReStore Welcomes K.L.E.O. Interns


A new internship program began at the ReStore. Matt Harrington, Director of Community and Corporate Outreach for the ReStore, contacted Tory Barrett, founder of K.L.E.O., about an internship opportunity between K.L.E.O. and the Fox Valley ReStore. According to their website, the K.L.E.O. Community Family Life Center is a nonprofit organization and facility dedicated to strengthening families and providing a safe haven, through education, training, support and fun for people of all ages in the Washington Park Community of Chicago. To be in the program, interns have to make a commitment to further their education. The ReStore has 15 interns paid by the City of Chicago and other sponsors. The interns spend each Saturday from February to August at the store working with mentors from each department learning skills of the trade.

Jasmine, Tamara, Jimmie, Tatiana, Ciara, and Michael.

Anthony, David, Cortez, Kiara, Cornelias, Daniela, and Sharika

Kiara and David

KLEO: Keep Loving Each Other

Check out the ReStore blog page online - click here! View our ReStore commercial online - click here!

HOME RENOVATION - HOME INNOVATION The ReStore has a new commercial starring professional actors. Thank you to Brandon, Will, and Dylan from Superposition Entertainment LLC for their time and talent to produce five commercials for the ReStore. The commercials are shown ten times per day on local cable TV, mostly on do-it-yourself programs.

Creativity Abounded at the ReStore on Pinterest Day!


The ReStore would like to thank volunteer, Melinda Kintz, for all her work organizing the Pinterest Day at the ReStore on Saturday, February 23, 2013. Special crafty items were set up on display encouraging customers to create their own unique merchandise. Sturdy hardwood chairs, donated from the Extended Stay America renovations, were sanded and repainted in white, black, or red. Seat cushions were removed to be re-upholstered with a variety of available fabrics chosen by the shopper. Plaque displays made from coat hooks, boards, ribbon, and white tiles were available to give the patrons ideas on special wall hangings. Buyers loved the special day and the items received a lot of attention.
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Thanks to the following organizations for their volunteering efforts at the ReStore during the months of March & April: Aurora University Northern Illinois University Eola Dental

Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity 1300 South Broadway Montgomery, IL 60538 630-859-3333 office 630-859-3355 fax www.foxvalleyhabi tat.org

St. Patricks Day Parade


Saturday, March 16th in Naperville, several ReStore employees and volunteers marched the streets of downtown alongside the new ReStore parade float to celebrate St. Patricks Day. A few weeks prior to the parade, a kiosk was donated to the ReStore from the Westfield Fox Valley Shoppingtowne. A comment was made about it looking perfect for a parade. Thus, the idea was born and volunteer, Melinda Kintz, organized the event and entered the ReStore in the parade. With a donated trailer, some fresh paint, and dcor, the ReStore parade float was born. Plans are in the works for future parades. Look for us in the Memorial Day and Fourth of July parades coming up in Aurora.

Fox Valley ReStore 4100 Fox Valley Center Drive Aurora, Illinois 60504 630-585-5508 office 630-585-5518 fax www.foxvalleyrest ore.org

NEW ReStore Hours Effective February 9, 2013: Tu Fri 10:00am 8:00pm Sat 10:00am 6:00pm Sun 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m.