Board members say they have made tough economic decisions to remain viable but haven’t abandoned ReUse’s principles.
“We are getting a handle on things that were financial and management stresses in the organization for some time,” said Vincent Kuntz, ReUse’s president. “Clearly, there are some who didn’t agree with how the board was doing it, but we are quite confident we are in a stronger position than before.”
Added board member Michelle Johnson: “I feel very confident, and I haven’t for a very long time.”
Some former staffers say things were dire before they left.
The financial picture was so bleak by early May that staff didn’t know if the ReUse store would be open from one day to the next, said Cerrina Bower, former assistant store manager.
ReUse’s debt approached $100,000, Hayes said.