Archive for month: January, 2019

A Fond Farewell to Amy

After 11 years with Habitat for Humanity, ReStore Director Amy McLaughlin announced last fall she would be resigning as ReStore Director at the end of 2018.

Since starting with Habitat in 2007, Amy used her extensive retail experience and expertise to create one of the premier ReStores in the nation, one that consistently has sales of over one-million dollars per year.

Amy spearheaded a massive remodel of the Charleston ReStore in 2008, creating a new storefront, designing a back parking lot with a functional rain garden, expanding the sales floor, and air conditioning the building. More than just changing the physical space though, she also professionalized the ReStore operation to make it more efficient and donor-friendly.

Perhaps Amy’s greatest accomplishment while at Habitat was raising awareness of the ReStore and its mission by developing new programs and partnerships. Projects like  the Double Take Art Show, the ReDesign Art Internship, and many mural projects throughout the ReStore helped cement a bond with the local arts community. McLaughlin also worked with the WV Department of Environmental Protection to develop the state’s first recycled latex paint program in 2012.

In 2016, when Habitat’s board of directors recommitted itself to more fully serving Putnam County, McLaughlin helped Habitat expand its Putnam County presence by creating the Teays Valley ReStore – a unique boutique-style ReStore. Her vision of a unique store is paying off. The Teays Valley ReStore continues to exceed its sales goals month after month. Amy was also an important part of the team that created the Homeowner Education & Community Center that now houses Habitat’s Master Homeowner Program.

McLaughlin’s most measurable success, however, is in the growth of ReStore sales. Under her watch, ReStore sales went from $250,000 a year to well over $1,000,000 a year. McLaughlin says this is her greatest accomplishment concerning her time overseeing the ReStore.

“I’ve met my goals, and I succeeded. I can move on knowing that I accomplished what I set out to do here,” McLaughlin says. “I leave knowing that both ReStores are well prepared to continue to flourish and grow.”

Beginning January 1, Amy will begin working full-time growing Lafayette Flats, the Fayetteville vacation rental business that she owns with her husband, Habitat Executive Director Shawn Means.

Amy will be missed, but her influence will be felt at Habitat for years to come. The legacy she leaves is one of a successful ReStore that raises enough money each year to build three or four homes for people in need.

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