The circumstances of the COVID-19 outbreak have evolved quickly, and we believe now is the time for us to do even more to protect you, our team, Habitat partner families, and the community we care deeply for.
This is an increasingly difficult time for people, businesses, and organizations all across the country and our community. As a nonprofit that relies entirely on the support of others, please know we are making these difficult decisions after thoughtful discussions —but we need your help.
Here are the protective measures we at Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, MO are enacting today:
We are canceling all volunteer shifts through April 6th. We know how important our work is to the families we serve, and we hope to limit disruptions to our production schedules by allowing staff to continue building while practicing social distancing.
We are closing our ReStore starting at 12 noon today for the next three weeks, through April 5. Our tentative reopen date is April 6. This closure reflects all ReStore operations, including retail shopping, donation drop off and pick-ups, and volunteering. Our staff will continue to work as appropriate to deep clean, disinfect and organize the stores.
Our main office, like our ReStore and construction sites, are closed to the public effective March 18 – April 6th. If you have planned meetings with a Habitat employee, please contact them for direction.
We have decided to postpone our Tool Belts & Bow Ties to a later date, currently TBD. We hope to follow up with all of our table hosts, sponsors and registered guests once new details are secured. We will still be drawing our Backyard Bundle winner on March 27, and the winner will be able to pick up their prize when the ReStore reopens.
We will be canceling our Home Buyer Information Sessions through April 6th, but interested homebuyer applicants can request an application through Nancy Williams, Partner Services Director, at 417-829-4001 x 105. Learn more about our Home Buying program at https://habitatspringfieldmo.org/our-programs/home-buyer-qualifications/.
Our Tools for Life classes will be canceled through April 13th.
We recognize that these are uncharted waters and uncertain times, and appreciate your continued support, patience and trust as we navigate this together. Habitat for Humanity has always been a community-based organization, and we will continue to need to lean on one another to ensure we can support the hardworking families across the Springfield and Greene County area who need it most.
Our partner families are already vulnerable; many of them in positions at the forefront of the crisis, including health care workers, civil servants, service sector employees; those to whom a missed paycheck can mean catastrophe. If you were planning on volunteering, shopping at a ReStore, or supporting Habitat in the next few weeks, I strongly encourage you to support our mission through an online donation today.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and we will reopen our office, our sites and our ReStore as soon as it is safe to do so.