Habitat Edmonton volunteers speak highly about their time in ReStore, from the relationships they’ve made to the skills they’ve built. Travis Nowak, a former ReStore volunteer and staff member, also remembers his days at ReStore fondly.
“Volunteering at ReStore was a great experience,” he says. “I went in knowing nothing, and ReStore was a huge help in my life.”
Two years ago, Travis was looking to build his resume, and was led to Habitat Edmonton where he inquired about volunteering in ReStore. Travis volunteered for four months before transitioning into a part-time position. With experience from ReStore, Travis eventually left to pursue his career, and now enjoys his role as an Economic Policy Advisor.
In addition to his work in the government, Travis is the Chair of Five Days for the Homeless, which raises awareness and donations for youth homelessness within the local community. While looking for a team building experience for his team, Travis recalled his days at ReStore and decided to return. Nine members of his team enjoyed their day at ReStore, where they helped families in their community become homeowners while strengthening their relationships. Best of all, the entire team donated their hard earned volunteer hours, which will help Habitat homeowners achieve their volunteer hours requirements.
Travis values ReStore and the relationships and experiences it has provided him over the years. From volunteers, to staff, to homeowners, Travis says that there is always an interesting conversation to be had and something to learn. The Five Days team had so much fun that Travis hopes to bring over 30 members of his team back to ReStore for another team bonding experience.