Michael Pascual

Michael Pascual

ReStore Manager


Habitat for Humanity Philippines

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Became interested in Peace Corps but didn't want to commit to two years in a different country
Graduated college and had no idea what was next
Applied for AmeriCorps with Habitat in Kansas City and was accepted as their ReStore RD Coordinator
Joined a force of AmeriCorps volunteers in Milwaukee Wisconson and built homes. This inspired me.
Applied for AmeriCorps with Habitat Greater SF and was accepted as a construction crew leader
Applied as ReStore Procurement Analyst with Habitat GSF and helped open its first ReStore
Promoted to ReStore Assistant Operations Manager
Moved to the Philippines and became Asia's first ReStore Manager
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Algona Highschool
Bachelor
Psychology, General
Simpson College

Career

ReStore Manager

I manage ReStore Maketing and Operations

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Entrepreneurship
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

Working with like-minded individuals who share the same passion to help others and expand a concept that is first tried in Asia. Habitat ReStore is the first in the Philippines, Asia and a developing country. We wish to share this new endeavor and continue to build our network of supporters among growing numbers of donors, shoppers and volunteers.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You must be comfortable working with a variety of different people. People skills are essential to developing relationships and empowering others to join your cause. At ReStore, we encourage all team members to provide the best customer service experience not only among shoppers but also donors and volunteers. Our objective is to express the belief in Habitat's mission which is putting God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

Be open minded and prepared to take on challenges. I was fortunate to have experience working in the US with Habitat for Humanity for over 3 years. When I moved to the Philippines, I thought it would be easy to take on a similar role. However, things are much different in terms of culture and expectations. Even though I had experience with ReStore, I literally had to start from scratch and build this operation from the ground up.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You're crazy for working for an NGO in the Philippines. You won't be able to build a career or save any money doing that!"

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student