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Restart Plans for Habitat in Greater Cincinnati

May 19, 2020

Kentucky ReStores open Wednesday, May 20!

All five area ReStores will now be open for your donations and shopping. Bond Hill, Cheviot, and Fairfield reopened last week and Bellevue and Florence open tomorrow to the public with health and safety precautions. All shoppers and staff must wear a mask and maintain social distancing. The number of customers permitted at one time in the stores will be limited. Additional cleaning protocols have been implemented. We ask that the first hour of business (9 – 10 am) be reserved for the elderly and those in high-risk health categories. Volunteers will not be working in the stores at this time.

We need your donations! Gently used and new building materials, home goods, furniture, and working appliances will be accepted during store operating hours (please do not leave items outside when stores are closed). Sale of donations help fund Habitat's affordable homeownership mission.

We look forward to your continued support of Habitat for Humanity and hope that you will support us in keeping our ReStore operations safe for donors, customers, and employees. Thank you for your patience!

May 8, 2020

On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, our Ohio ReStores ONLY (Bond Hill, Cheviot, and Fairfield) will re-open to the public with health and safety precautions. All shoppers and staff must wear a mask and maintain social distancing. The number of customers permitted at one time in the stores will be limited as per Department of Health guidelines. Additional cleaning protocols have been implemented. We ask that the first hour of business (9 – 10 am) be reserved for the elderly and those in high-risk health categories.

Kentucky ReStores (Bellevue and Florence) remain closed for the time being. Volunteers will not be working in the stores at this time.

Donations of gently new and used building materials, home goods, furniture, and working appliances will be accepted at the open locations ONLY starting on Tuesday. Donation pick-ups will resume the week of May 18 for large items that cannot be easily dropped off at a store location. We look forward to your continued support of Habitat for Humanity and hope that you will support us in keeping our ReStore operations safe for donors, customers, and employees. Thank you for your patience!

May 1, 2020

As public health officials in Ohio and Kentucky release guidelines on safely reopening various businesses, HFHGC will implement a plan to gradually resume operations in several areas. 

HFHGC Office and Annex: Beginning Monday, May 4, 2020 the HFHGC office and Annex will be open to employees only, with very limited occupancy. Most office staff will continue to work remotely and can be reached through their usual phone and email contact information. The office and Annex will be closed to all non-employees, including volunteers, homebuyer applicants, vendors, and community partners. All meetings will be conducted electronically.

Construction Sites: Beginning Monday, May 4, 2020 the HFHGC Construction staff will return to three build sites, following physical distancing and personal protection protocols. No volunteers will work on site until further notice. Subcontractors and vendors must communicate with Construction staff before coming to a site. 

Ohio and Kentucky ReStores: our five ReStores remain closed to shoppers and donations this week. Plans to reopen over the coming weeks are being finalized and we will make an announcement in the upcoming days. Please continue to hold your donations until we reopen.

In the meantime, here are some updates to answer your most frequent questions:

How can I help Habitat right now?

Your financial support is more important than ever to ensure that we are ready to start building with families again as soon as it is safe. You can donate securely online right now or email development@habitatcincinnati.org if you have any questions.

Follow us on social media (see the icons at the bottom of this page) to keep up with what's happening or sign up for our email updates here. 

Bookmark our volunteer registration site so you can sign up when we resume operations.

What about the ReStore?

Please hold onto your donations until we can reopen. Leaving them outside the stores is a public health and safety hazard, and we will not be able to process and use them.

We will reopen our stores as soon as it is safe for our customers, staff, and volunteers.

How can I apply to be a Habitat homebuyer?

Our office is closed but you can download an application here or fill out the form and we will mail one to you (please be patient since we are working remotely!). At this time, you must mail application to us.

 

At Habitat for Humanity, our mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. As always, the health, safety, and positive experience of our volunteers, homebuyers, donors, and staff are our highest concern. In making decisions to stop or resume volunteer activities, or make changes in construction or ReStore operations, we are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, state and local health authorities, and Habitat for Humanity International.

 

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