Dear Friends & Supporters,
I am pleased to report that our ReStore reopened its doors this past week on Tuesday, June 30th. Even with limited shopping hours of 12 – 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday, the store reopening was a huge success. We are grateful to those in the community who continue to donate and shop in our ReStore to support the need for quality affordable housing in Dorchester & Talbot Counties. During the remainder of July, our Restore will continue to operate with reduced hours of 12-4pm Tuesday through Saturday. If you are interested in making a ReStore donation or would like to schedule an outdoor pick-up, please remember these must be scheduled in advance by calling the ReStore at 410-820-6186. This helps to keep everyone safe.
More good news….our job sites reopened with construction volunteers yesterday. Our first wave of volunteers invited to serve is based on those who gave 100+ hours since last year. Even with a limited number of no more than 6 volunteers per job site, in addition to staff, the spirit of hope and perseverance was in full force. Please don’t get discouraged if you weren’t included in the first wave of those called to serve. Rather, be encouraged by the fact that nearly two months after gradually beginning to lift restrictions, Maryland’s COVID 19 numbers continue to trend downward.
We look forward to welcoming more volunteers in the future so if you are interested, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly send you a volunteer application and conduct an orientation so you are ready to go when it is safe to further expand volunteers at our ReStore and on our jobsites.
We continue to ask for everyone’s cooperation and patience as we slowly ramp back up. The following safety guidelines were shared last month but I wanted to share these again as they have been adopted by Habitat Choptank to keep our volunteers, clients and staff members safe and to minimize risk to Habitat Choptank as best as possible.
Volunteers will be required to:
Personal Protective Equipment that will be available includes:
We are already more than halfway through 2020 and for many of us, it seems like this year couldn’t end soon enough. There’s something about new beginnings and starting over that brings forth hope and the promise of something new, fresh, untarnished. In spite of how difficult 2020 has been, I pray that we are all a little stronger, wiser, kinder, grateful, patient and courageous. I pray that we can take what we’ve learned individually and collectively and pour that back into something good, a new hope for the future…..making this world a safer and kinder place to live and grow.
If someone that you know needs affordable housing, has a question about our ministry or would like to volunteer, please encourage them to call or e-mail us at 410-476-3204 or email@example.com. And if you or someone that you know would like to get more involved in supporting our mission of building homes, community and hope with a financial contribution, I welcome a conversation to discuss how to make that gift meaningful to you and your loved ones.
Please continue to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy.
God bless you and yours,
COVID-19 Next Steps
For the last eight weeks, we have closed our build sites to volunteers, closed our ReStore to volunteers and the general public, and closed our offices. Work has continued through the use of contractors and through our staff team working in home based office settings utilizing technologies to aid us in our work. Our guidance has been consistent with federal recommendations to help flatten the curve of the pandemic.
The federal government has now delegated decision making regarding reopenings to state and local authorities. We will be working closely with our Board of Directors to develop plans to slowly resume operations based on a set of criteria that continues to prioritize the health and safety of all involved. We will continue to remain fully compliant with all state and local requirements.
Please stay tuned for information in the coming weeks on our plans to slowly resume operations and activities.
Please note, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19 and the flu, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Thank you for partnering with us to ensure our community remains safe and healthy.