Howard Magazine - Page 15 - ‘Ecosystem of good’ - Continued from Page 14

Howard Magazine
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‘Ecosystem of good’ - Continued from Page 14

come in to create their own projects.


Painters select their unique “canvas” from a collection of wood pieces that have a tag on back noting where the material was found.


Ruthie Mundell, of Laurel, grew up in St. Mary’s County and was thrilled to find a piece of wood from an old tobacco barn from near her home. She used it to create a hand-painted sign for a childhood friend’s birthday.


“It was perfect and meant for me,” said Mundell, who works at Community Forklift and is also a customer at Reclaimed By You. “It’s such a unique and inspiring business where people are really creating connections and truly being a part of something local.”


Projects include wooden signs, bottle openers, mason jar holders and picture frames among other creative items.


For Newcomb, who opened her shop at the end of January, finding employment after an extremely difficult period in her life was more than challenging.


She just celebrated one year in remission from stage 3C breast cancer after aggressive treatment.


“I’m not physically capable of working in an average work environment or in an office setting and had lost my job because I was out of it for too long,” Newcomb said.


This struggle made her want to do her part to help others also having trouble with employment as well as find a job they enjoy.


“I don’t think that cancer happens for a reason, but having something life-changing happen to me allowed me to consider changing my path in life. I don’t think I would have done it otherwise and I’m so very happy to be able to do something that I love,” Newcomb said.