“One year ago, I met Summer prior to my first day with Rethreaded. She was practically brand new herself, but was already fully committed and fully engaged in the mission of Rethreaded. Over the year, I have enjoyed the pleasure of working side-by-side with Summer as she grew to take on the lead of the entire production crew. She has brought an amazing passion, creativity, commitment and excellence to the entire organization. It is a daily honor to work beside her.” Jason Jones – Director of Operations and Sales
Summer has been working for Rethreaded for a little over a year now. It has been such a privilage to see her life transformed by love. In honor of her anniversary we sat down with her and asked her a few questions about her journey at Rethreaded.
How did you hear about Rethreaded?
I heard about Rethreaded while I was at The City Rescue Mission. On one of my first days there Rethreaded was receiving an award for being a Mission Partner. They spoke about giving women second chances by employing them, I knew then at that point that’s where I belonged.
What do you remember about your first day at Rethreaded? What stood out to you the most?
I remember how scared and excited I was. I struggled with self doubt and didn’t yet know my self worth. It was really intimidating because I had a huge gap in my resume, and was secretly wondering what they thought of me. It took no time at all to realize that I wasn’t being judged. I couldn’t have asked for more accepting people in my life.
You were moved from Production Associate to Production Lead over the past year. How was that transition?
I started in production, then also took on inventory two days a week. I am currently Production Lead and am still involved with the receiving end of inventory and product development. It all happened very quickly. I love the fast-paced constantly changing environment. I feel like it pushes me to be better, and I keep dreaming bigger!
What was is your favorite Rethreaded product to make?
My favorite product right now is the new Halo Bracelet*. We take used washers, wipe them clean and then seal them. We pair them upcycled t-shirts making a beautiful piece of jewelry. It reminds me of my favorite bible verse. You are sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit promise. Eph 1:14. I felt so used and broken by the world, but today I feel like I have been wiped clean and sealed in His love. Made brand new everyday.
*Halo Bracelet available in-store only.
What is your favorite Rethreaded product to wear?
The Halo Bracelet! I just love it! For me it is a constant reminder of grace.
What is your favorite part about being the Production Lead?
My favorite part of my job is training the new women when they come in. I often see in them the same uneasiness and lack of confidence I had in the beginning. My days are filled with teaching them, showing them, encouraging them. I get to watch them build esteem and begin to embody self-worth. It’s an awesome feeling to know I was a part of that.
What is your favorite part about working at Rethreaded?
I never dread coming into work. I love that about my job. Each day is a new opportunity for my growth, and the growth of my team.
What is the most challenging part about working at Rethreaded?
I really dislike being told no. Currently we are developing the product line for fall. It is a challenge seeing what I like and what I don’t like. Then eventually what works and what doesn’t work. Then sometimes we go in a completely different direction. I never quit on a product I believe in. I just keep going back to the team hoping I can change their minds.