Habitat for Humanity's ReStore makes major moves
Habitat for Humanity Allegheny Valley's ReStore is getting a new manager and changing locations.
Jessica Levine is to take over as manager on Monday. The ReStore will move in March to the building that formerly housed Khakis & Collectibles, at Freeport Street and Stevenson Boulevard, in the Parnassus section of New Kensington.
The ReStore and Habitat offices have been located on Industrial Boulevard in the city. The ReStore opened in March 2008.
Habitat Executive Director Dan Casella said the new location will make Habitat and the store more visible.
“Our biggest obstacle is that people don't know that Habitat is even in the area,” he said. “Just hearing the traffic go by is a change for us.”
He added that they want the new location of be “a one-stop drop-off.”
Officials are hoping to work with the Salvation Army to become a clothes drop-off and add a Paper Retriever recycling bin.
“I think that's good for the community to make the donation aspect easier,” Casella said.
An opening date hasn't been set, but Casella anticipates that it will be sometime in March.
During the next several months, Habitat will be looking to volunteers to help ready the building and move ReStore items, he said.
Levine, 33, of Pittsburgh's East Liberty neighborhood, said she already has a vision for the ReStore, which sells home improvement items and furniture.
Proceeds benefit Habitat's mission of providing homes to those in need.
Her vision is based on a quote about volunteers: “Don't ever question the value of volunteers. Noah's Ark was built by volunteers; the Titanic was built by professionals.
“Noah's Ark will be in the new location, literally and figuratively,” Levine said. “It will be a handcrafted original.”
Katherine Counihan, president of Habitat's board of directors said they're excited about the energy that Levine brings to the job.
“She's young, personable,” Counihan said. “You can tell she's driven, and she is very excited about doing this.”
Levine has worked in the business world since graduating from Rutgers University in 2004 with a journalism degree. She moved to Pittsburgh about 10 years ago.
The career change to the world of nonprofits made sense given that her life philosophy has evolved as she advanced in martial arts training, Levine said.
“Who I am is all about honesty and meeting people and learning about them and saying, ‘How can we make our lives better?' ” Levine said. “It made me realize that I should be living my philosophy all of the time. (Habitat's) philosophy is my philosophy.”
Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Harrison rejects criticism of disorderly conduct ordinance
- Labor United Celebration draws 25,000 to Northmoreland Park
- 3 wrecks Saturday keep emergency responders busy
- Drownings surge in Pennsylvania over past 2 years
- Apollo Council, solicitor prepare vacancy ordinance
- Suspended Gilpin police officers to have their say
- End in sight for Route 28 construction
- ‘He’s still a part of this team’: Burrell honors player who died during preseason
- Burrell, psychologist settle lawsuit
- Burglaries in Oakmont similar to break-ins in other communities
- Versatile U-PARC houses productive assortment