Letter to Community Supporters Regarding COVID-19

posted March 13, 2020

Hello,

A quick update about the measures Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity is taking as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures are based on guidance from Habitat for Humanity International and local, state, and national public health authorities. We are monitoring the situation continually, and our approach may change as new guidance is provided.

Homeownership Program:

At this time volunteers are welcome to help build. We have significantly enhanced our disinfection procedures including:

  • Tools and supplies are decontaminated throughout the day using products approved by the CDC to fight the spread of coronavirus.
  • Personal equipment (safety glasses, etc) will be given to individuals to take home at the end of the day.

The Habitat ReStore will remain open to the public with normal operating hours. The ReStore has implemented procedures for continuous disinfecting and twice-daily deep cleaning, using only products approved by the CDC to fight the spread of coronavirus. Customers opting to stay home are welcome to shop online at fredrestore.org. As always, donations to the ReStore are carefully cleaned and disinfected during processing using sanitizing agents only available to licensed outlets.

To protect others, please refrain from volunteering or shopping in the ReStore if:

  • you have recent travel in one of the areas designated by the CDC as “level 3” OR recent travel on a cruise ship
  • if you feel unwell 
  • if you have a compromised immune system

Your health should be your top priority, and should you decide not to volunteer as previously planned, just let us know so that we can adjust our plans accordingly. Please see the health guidelines from the CDC on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

Thank you for your continued support and your dedication to helping our neighbors build strength, stability and self-reliance. Ensuring our neighbors have affordable access to housing is vitally important to a healthy community and a healthy economy. We will do everything we can to continue to serve those in need. Please know that we are monitoring the situation and will update our plans as new details emerge. Thank you for your hard work and your consideration as we navigate the coming weeks. 

In partnership,

Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity