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ReStore Aurora Employee Spotlight: Lukas


Back Room Supervisor

 

He is employed at ReStore Aurora as a back room supervisor. He does many things at ReStore Aurora, but his main duties are working the receiving door on the building supply side of the store. He helps unload the donation trucks, processes incoming donations, cleans and prices product, and puts them on the sales floor. He was hired in May of 2020 to drive the truck and pick up furniture and other donations with a team of guys around the Fox Valley area before the store opened in November of 2020.


Lukas’s has an amazing story to share, one of inspiration and survival. It all started in April 2017, when Lukas was a Junior in high school. He was getting ready for a great baseball season when following a routine physical, Lukas was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He felt his hopes and dreams for the future were now uncertain, but he put on a brave face and went to war with cancer to fight for his life. It was such a devastating blow to him and is family, one they would never forget or wish on anyone else. Lukas eventually won his battle with the disease and has been cancer free since September 2017. During his struggle, he met many people who were giving freely of their time and talents to help others in pain including himself. He told himself that when he got better he wanted to dedicate his life to giving back to others as well.


After all those months of hospital stays, medications, radiation and chemo treatments, he was left drained and even though he was finally cancer free, he had a hard time getting back into the swing of things. High School graduation came and went, and his mom, Volunteer Coordinator for Fox Valley Habitat, persuaded him to get out of the house and do something, so he started volunteering his time at Fox Valley Habitat. He was having fun helping setup for fundraising events and assisting at the build sites. So, after working hard at the tasks asked of him while volunteering, the opportunity became available to become part of the ReStore Aurora team and he jumped at the chance to become involved with the mission. He said, “ReStore Aurora is more than just a thrift or resale store, whenever anyone purchases something here, that money goes directly back into the housing ministry. Our organization builds homes for families who are hard-working lower-income families who do not qualify for a regular home mortgage.” 


When asked if there was anything he wanted to let people know about the ReStore, he said, “The mission of the ReStore is something special and amazing. One might not realize what goes on behind the scenes. It is an honor to work side by side all the future homeowners who are putting in sweat equity hours for their homes and hearing their stories.” He says the best part of his job is, making the customers happy. He loves helping people in any way possible.

 

When not working at the ReStore, Lukas likes to play and watch sports and spend time with his friends and family.


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