A Statement from Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity
[Updated 3.18. 2020]
We are reaching out to you, our Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity family, with an update on operations during the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. The BRHFH offices and Winchester ReStore will be temporarily closed to the public beginning at 5 PM on Thursday, March 19, 2020.
This decision was made with our staff, volunteers, homeowners, partner families, and the construction crew in mind and please know that we are continually evaluating the situation. While you may not be able to visit our physical locations right now, please know that BRHFH staff are working both remotely and onsite during this time. You can show your support by following BRHFH’s social media channels for ways to purchase ReStore items and updates on our other programmatic offerings.
Updates on Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity and Winchester ReStore operations will be posted on www.blueridgehabitat.org and our social media channels as the situation progresses. Thank you for your understanding and support as we all navigate through these unprecedented times together.
[Updated 3.17. 2020]
While Blue Ridge Habitat is fully committed to completing all currently scheduled projects while actively operating our construction sites, we are also increasing our efforts to help flatten the curve of this harmful virus in the weeks ahead. As of Wed. March 18, we are suspending construction and ReStore volunteer activities until further notice. Our job sites and office will be closed to the general public. All staff members are available during this time via email and/or phone unless otherwise noted.
At this time, Winchester ReStore - Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity is following its set schedule, albeit with enhanced health and hygiene protocols. Unfortunately, the ReStore is pausing scheduled pickups and unable to accept onsite donations at this time for the foreseeable future. The ReStore is a key part of how we build homes with local families and this donation downtime will certainly be a hit to that effort. We will urgently need your donated items when we return to business as usual.
Your valuable support is critical during this time as our work continues. Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity is monitoring the situation closely and will provide important updates as we move forward. Please follow recommended health and hygiene protocols, stay diligent and safe, and seek up-to-date information on the status of the outbreak, and health resources available to you and your family on our website.
As we continue to monitor COVID-19 developments closely, the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, customers, and community are of utmost importance to us. We have instituted extra precautions and increased the frequency of our cleaning procedures. We are proactively monitoring the situation through information provided by the CDC, WHO, and state and local officials to ensure that we are following the best guidelines. The situation is fluid and we will remain flexible in our approach to ensure that we are providing the necessary protection for our staff, volunteers, customers, and community.
On Tuesday, March 17, the Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity Offices and Winchester ReStore - Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity will be open and operating on their normal schedule. The office is open 9-5 each weekday and the ReStore is open 9-5 Tuesday - Saturday. However, we will be evaluating our operations on a daily basis moving forward. Please check back with us often for updates.
We are all part of this solution and need to make sure we are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When visiting our ReStore, office or any other location in our community please follow the CDC's guidelines for stopping the spread of infectious diseases:
• Wash your hands with soap and water.
• Cover your nose & mouth with a tissue or your elbow if you sneeze or cough.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Use alternative ways of greeting people.
• Stay home if you are sick.
We thank you for your support and will continue to keep you updated as things change.
The financial implications for homeowners and our community continues to grow as concerns over COVID-19 spread. Many families who already live paycheck to paycheck are struggling to make ends meet. Resources are available for those in need during this pandemic. In an effort to provide clarity and avoid duplication of efforts, we recommend using the resource list created and maintained by the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. To visit the list, please follow the link below.