Steve Wendt isn't just any old Steve. To ReStore staff, volunteers, and customers, he's "Big Steve." He's certainly earned the name by being such a big part of our ReStore's success—and because of that, he's also earned our Volunteer of the Year award for 2014.
Big Steve has taken over the repair and appliance area of ReStore South and made it his own. He tests all appliances that are donated to the ReStore, repairing anything that isn't up to retail standards. He also fixes up furniture in need of repair, and he ensures that everything in the repair area is neat and tidy and in its place (a small miracle in the ReStore, where things come and go in the blink of an eye!).
In addition to all this, Big Steve has initiated many special projects that benefit the Kent County South ReStore, including kiosks that he designed and built to display information on Habitat's mission and how to become a Habitat homeowner. Whenever something needs to be invented, built, repaired or refurbished, Big Steve is the one to ask!
Really, there isn't a whole lot that Big Steve doesn't do or hasn't done. He's a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy; he enjoys gardening and golf and travels to dart tournaments; he volunteers with Love, Inc., the Sunset Retirement Community, and Jenison Public Schools; he's even been featured in a Discovery Channel documentary on storm chasing (because storm chasing, of course, is also one of his hobbies). Steve and his wife, Jeanne, have been married for 43 years, and they have two children.
Steve has been volunteering at the ReStore for two years now, and he says it's a perfect fit that feeds his passion for helping people. We're so blessed to work with Steve. Congratulations!