Habitat Happenings

Meet us Monday: Anne Polesnak

This post is part of a series to help you get to know the many faces at the Habitat Wake ReStores. Check back every other Monday to meet a new face and read a little about the people who make up our great team. 

Name and Title: Assistant Manager, Sales Floor/Volunteer Coordinator at the Raleigh ReStore

Home town: Troy, MI

Current town: Raleigh, NC

When did you start working at Habitat Wake? August 2011 – I started at the Cary ReStore as the Assistant Manager/Volunteer Coordinator. I enjoyed creating the volunteer program there and am currently working on creating the same program at the Raleigh ReStore.

What is your favorite thing about working for Habitat? I worked at an organizing store before and sold things to people to put their other things in. I love organizing but it was disheartening after awhile. Here every minute of my work week is spent supporting the mission of Habitat Wake. Whether it’s helping a customer find a door knob, teaching a volunteer to organize the lighting section, or helping unload a donation I know it all contributes to our goal to provide affordable housing in our community.

What does your typical work day look like? Walk, talk, walk, talk, walk, talk. Not only do I enjoy talking to and meeting our shoppers, donors, and volunteers I also get in my 10,000+ steps every day!

What do you do in your spare time? Read, organize, spend time with friends, learn from listening to podcasts, and play video games.

Do you have any pets or children? This is my 16 year old cat, Kitty. I’ve had her since she was 8 weeks old and she has lived in Kalamazoo, MI and Raleigh, NC with me. She used to hiss at everyone she met but has mellowed in her old age. Now you just get a meowrowr as you walk by.

 Meet us Monday: Anne Polesnak

Favorite sport (to play or to watch, or both): Hockey – go ‘Canes!

Do you have any strange hidden talents? It’s not a completely hidden talent because I love inviting people to come out to shows. I play rock ‘n’ roll cello and have done so for the past mmmmpf years. Let’s not say how long. Let’s just say since college icon smile Meet us Monday: Anne Polesnak

Favorite piece you’ve seen or purchased in the ReStore: I do not love bull fighting but there’s just something about these figures. I think I’m intrigued by them because someone painted them entirely orange. Except for the bulls horns.

 Meet us Monday: Anne Polesnak

Painting Demo at Cary ReStore Jan 21st

Don Hamilton, a local Cary artist, will be doing a painting demo at the Cary ReStore on Saturday, January 21st from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Stop by to watch him paint! He will have some pieces available for purchase as well.

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An example of Don’s work

Don is retired in 2001 from a career in airport operations and airline management and sales. Upon retiring, he renewed his lifetime love of painting and drawing. He has been teaching pen and ink and watercolor classes at the Cary Senior Center and at the Cary Art Center since 2005. His work has been featured in several individual and group show sin the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh and the Durham Art Guild. Two of his pieces have been juried in the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Don remains inspired by time with spent with family and his many travels. He learns continually from his students and from his studies of great artists. His goal is for viewers to enjoy his paintings and discern some of his thoughts expressed on paper or canvas.

Meet us Monday: Ryan Stein

This post is part of an new series to help you get to know the many faces at the Habitat Wake ReStores. Check back every Monday to meet a new face and read a little about the people who make up our great team. 

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Name and Title: Ryan Stein, Fuquay-Varina ReStore Manager
Home town: Seminole, FL
Current town: Four Oaks, NC
When did you start working at Habitat Wake? October 6, 2014
What is your favorite thing about working for Habitat? The opportunity to serve such a diverse community. This is the local mission field!
What does your typical work day look like? Responding! To our volunteers, staff, customers and donors. Putting God’s love into action is more than just a mission statement to me.
What do you do in your spare time? Spend time with my family. After retiring from military service, rediscovering my marriage and family relationships has become a new priority for me. I have also been studying to be a Christian Counselor and/or Pastor.
Do you have any pets or children? My wife Amy and I have a blended step-family, altogether there are 7 children and so far 2 grandchildren. We also have a Great Pyrenese (Mordecai), and a miniature horse (Cricket).
Favorite meal: Pollo Guisado and rice (Puerto Rican Chicken Stew)
Dream vacation: My wife has a list of places she’d absolutely love to go, being able to take her to at least a few would be my idea of a dream vacation.
Do you have any strange hidden talents? Quiet and thoughtful, I’ve often been misunderstood as being angry in many cases. Seeing a problem from beginning to end and analyzing every possible outcome is usually what’s going on up there. I absolutely love challenging situations and working through them!

 

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