10/01/2019

Harry Bruns `84 and the Office of Residential Life Raise Funds for Affordable Housing

Harry Bruns `84 was named Director of Retail Operations for New Orleans Habitat for Humanity earlier this year. And so he was well positioned to help covert cast-off furniture into cash for a great cause.

Current College of Business student Brittany Webb worked as summer intern for Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore program. Through its two local retail outlets, ReStore accepts outgoing furniture and décor from hotels across the city. Armchairs, sofas, loveseats, art work, and more are sold at a discount, with all profits going toward the construction of new homes.

Now a Resident Assistant, Ms. Webb connected Residential Life with Harry during a recent residence hall furniture upgrade. Harry was able to quickly send two 16-foot Restore trucks to campus to collect nearly 100 arm chairs and ottomans. These were then sold at ReStore for around $3,000 in total.

Harry Bruns graduated from Jesuit High School and attended Loyola’s College of Arts and Sciences. He graduated in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in English, and then earned a law degree from Duke University. Harry worked in the cellular technology industry for 14 years, serving as President of Alltell Communications retail services nationwide. In 2007, he co-founded Chocolates for Good with his wife. The company is a gourmet chocolatier which donates a portion of all profits to selected charities.

Harry now considers himself “retired,” but he actually works full-time as part of his personal mission to give back to his native city. Habitat for Humanity is his chosen vehicle of direct service. Harry describes Restore’s work as a “virtuous cycle,” wherein furniture is saved from landfills, low-income families have access to quality affordable furniture, and revenue is raised for new homes. He credits his nine years of Jesuit education, along with annual retreats at the Manresa Jesuit Retreat Center, for his firm commitment to “capitalism with a conscience.”

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