Featured Volunteer – Venice Kendrick


Venice Poe has been a devoted volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Areas Chattanooga ReStore for the last three years in an effort give back to the Chattanooga community.  Retired from social services, Venice became involved in Habitat for Humanity after encouraging her son to engage in a community based project one summer.  He chose to get involved with Habitat and Venice accompanied him, quickly recognizing the Habitat mission of providing affordable housing aligned with her own goals.

Now, Venice can be found in our Chattanooga ReStore every Thursday doing what she does best, helping others.  Starting with a walkabout of the store, Venice spends her days at the ReStore doing as she says, “anything I can” to help customers have the best experience possible and make things easier on everyone else.

A rental property owner, Venice is intrigued by repurposing items and is always curious to learn what people plan to do with their purchases.  Venice finds drive while interacting with regulars, knowing that her efforts help build two homes in the Chattanooga area annually while keeping things out of landfills. Venice says, “Anything I can do helps make it easier for everyone.” Venice’s mission is certainly accomplished – she has been a tremendous help and support and the ReStore wouldn’t be the same without her!