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Hey everyone! The Mom Squad blog has been doing Sunday Spotlights for quite some time now. These Q&A sessions are designed to help our readers get to know our Mom Squaders better. I love doing them because..well..I am just so proud of all my Mom Squad peeps. We have some pretty phenomenal businesses and business people in our Lakes Area, so here’s our chance to shine the “spotlight” on them for a bit. This week I am excited to introduce you to Scott Hall from Habitat for Humanity ReStore! Welcome Scott! Tell us a bit about Habitat. When did you start working with this amazing program?
Scott: We are a Non Profit Store that sells new and used building materials, furniture, appliances to the public. The money that we raise goes right back to our organization to help us build houses for low income people in Cass Crow Wing and Hubbard County. We Started the ReStore in April of 2004 our organization started in 1990.
ME: Share what attracted you to this program, and what you like most about it.
Scott: What attracted us to the business was we had support from local contractors that would call and ask if we could use this stuff they were taking out of cabins around the lakes area. We would have warehouse sales and people started to find out that we had stuff in our back warehouse. Well it got to the point that we had to do something and we got a VISTA volunteer in Service to America who helped us start the ReStore. What I like about it is all of the wonderful volunteers that I work with and also getting to know our customers and helping them figure out how they can reuse something in their project.
ME: What has been your biggest business challenge with this venture thus far?
Scott: We are always needing more volunteers. For a store of our size we only have myself who is full time and then a assistant manager that works 30 hours a week. Everyone else that works here on a weekly basis is all volunteers.
ME: I haven’t ever volunteered at Habitat (yet), but I am a huge advocate of volunteerism. Honestly, the volunteer work I’ve done has been some of the most full-filling projects I’ve ever done. I am going to get on my soapbox a bit here, but volunteerism is also a great form of networking. You meet some pretty awesome connections through volunteering.
Scott: YES! There is a great “Get Involved” tab on our website here http://www.habitat.org/getinv/default.aspx. Please check it out. We’d love to have people give us a call.
ME: Is there anything you’d like to share about your family or your life?
Scott: I am married to my wife Tessa who does daycare out of our home. I like to stay busy with volunteering in the community at our church Lord of Life Lutheran Church and I also enjoy volunteering with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. I also really enjoy to get out and spend time in the woods bow hunting with my family and ice fishing with my wife and family in the winter.
ME: Name a role model in your life. Could be a family member or celebrity. Just name who you look up to and why.
Scott: I look up to my parents they are both very hard working people and have really instilled in me some great values. To work hard and to also appreciate what you have in your life. Also to always help out someone that is in need and to treat other people how you would want to be treated. My wife also is someone that has taught me so much about life and how to balance that hard work ethic with also having family time and to relax.
ME: You are very good with people, Scott. Do you have any advice for other business people?
Scott: My advice is to treat each of your customers with respect and also to get to know who they are as people. We try to greet everyone that comes to the ReStore and tell them about our fantastic organization. Try and do the same for your customers greet them and make them proud to support local businesses.
ME: I sooo agree with that. Customer Service and passion for what you do is what separates you from the rest of the pack. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Scott: I see us in our new store serving the people of Cass, Crow Wing and Hubbard Counties even better. I also see our organization doing really well and able to build more homes for families in need. I also want to see us continue to help a lot of people reuse and re purpose a lot of stuff that would end up in our landfill.
ME: I want to reiterate the “repurpose” part. We live in a “throw away” world, yet so much of what we toss can make someone else’s life better. I see unspeakable amounts of good items tossed into the dumpster. Drives me nuts. Speaking of that, name one of your pet peeves.
Scott: Can I say that I dislike rude people?
ME: Heck yeah! You said it more diplomatically than I woulda 😉 If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Scott: To make two of me from time to time so I could be in two places at the same time.
ME: I think you just named every ambitious business person’s dream! List one favorite thing about your job.
Scott: I love that I get to come to work and feel that I am making a difference in people’s lives.
ME: And you are, Scott. You and Habitat are. Is Habitat ReStore on Facebook?
Scott: Yes Scott Hall is my personal one and Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore is my work one. Be sure and “Like” us!
ME: If you could do anything for a living, and money was no object, what would you do?
Scott: I would start a collection and recycling program for all of our local thrift stores to help them with picking up donations and sorting through all the donations to help each one of them run more efficiently.
ME: I love this idea! If you ever do, let me know. I’d love to help. It goes back to me “unspeakable amounts of stuff in dumpsters” gripe. Tell us “one thing you know for sure”.
Scott: I know that I love God and that with him we can do anything that come up in life.
ME: YES, I recently made a list of my Top Ten Non-Negotiables In Life..and #1 was “never be too busy for God.” Good answer, my friend. Anything you want to add?
Scott: YES! Habitat for Humanity ReStore is moving to a bigger facility around January first! We will be moving to the old Lindy Little Joe building and are excited for the opportunity to be a bigger building. Watch for more details on Facebook!
SALVAGE A HOME SHELTER A FAMILY
1) To provide affordable resources to the public.
2) To recycle building materials that would otherwise go to the landfill.
3) To raise money to help Habitat for Humanity build more affordable homes in the Lakes Area for families in need of a simple, decent place to live.
LAHFH ReStore Hours:
Wed: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thurs: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
“Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with God and people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which every person can experience God’s love and can live and grow into all that God intends.”