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Restart Plan for Habitat in Greater Cincinnati

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

Restart Plans for Habitat in Greater Cincinnati

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. 

April 6, 2020

Unfortunately our build sites, ReStores, and office remain closed at this time. We miss our volunteers and customers very much! We look forward to seeing you when public health conditions permit. In the meantime, here are some updates to answer your most frequent questions:

How can I help Habitat right now?

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.

 

March 19, 2020

In response to evolving public health recommendations, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati has suspended all operations until at least April 6, 2020.

All construction sites, ReStore locations, training annex, and office are closed to employees, volunteers, and the public. Our administrative staff are working remotely and able to respond to your calls and email.

For updates, please follow us on social media, or check back to this website.

 

March 17, 2020

This weekend, HFHGC implemented some additional measures designed to do our part to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and keep our homebuyers, volunteers, and staff healthy. All these are subject to change – please check this page or follow us on social media for updates.

  • We have suspended all volunteer activity on build sites, in ReStores, and our office for the time being. Individual volunteers and groups who had signed up to volunteer have been notified. We will gratefully welcome you back when we resume normal operations!
  • Our five Greater Cincinnati ReStore locations will continue to be open to the public, with enhanced cleaning procedures. We ask for your patience with phone and online responses to your questions as each store will be working with a smaller crew. At this time, we need shoppers more than ever to generate income, but please do stay home if you have any flu-like symptoms or have been asked to self-quarantine.
  • Habitat office staff are working to serve you, with some working remotely. You may still mail or drop off applications. In-person meetings will not be scheduled.
  • Monetary donations and tax acknowledgements are being processed as usual – your support is welcome and much needed as we work to sustain the mission through difficult times.

March 12, 2020

At Habitat for Humanity, our mission is to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. At this time we are delivering on the mission by operating with normal activities and schedules. As the impact of the novel Coronavirus develops, we recognize that there are times when bringing people together may not be possible or advisable.

As always, the health, safety, and positive experience of our volunteers, homebuyers, donors, and staff are our highest concern. In making any decision to postpone or cancel normal volunteer activities, make changes in construction or ReStore operations, we will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, state and local health authorities, and Habitat for Humanity International.

We are closely monitoring developments in our nine-county service area and will adjust our response as needed. If you have an individual or volunteer group scheduled and we need to change or cancel your shift, we will give you as much notice as possible via the email you used when you registered as a volunteer. If you need to change a shift, please log in to your account on Community Connect to cancel your shift, or contact Volunteer Services at 513-482-5614 or volunteer@habitatcincinnati.org. We will also post any changes to our Facebook page as soon as we have that information.

We ask if you are visiting or working at any of our construction sites or ReStores that you protect your health and those you are working with by following all handwashing or sanitizing protocols recommended by health officials. As with all other activities, if you do not feel well, please stay home and take care of yourself!

We will provide updates as needed via our social media channels and through email. If you are not already signed up to receive email communication from HFHGC, you may subscribe here.

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