WE BUILD STRENGTH, STABILITY AND SELF -RELIANCE THROUGH SHELTER
Letter to community supporters
I am writing to provide an update about the measures our affiliate, Habitat West Bay, is taking to protect our staff, volunteers and the people we serve during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
These measures are based on guidance from Habitat for Humanity International and local, state and national public health authorities. We are continually monitoring the situation, and our approach may change as new guidance is provided.
Given the current circumstances in our area, our build on Talcott Street had stalled, but is being done with caution. We did stop our build during the 2 week quarantine period and are allowing only 4 people on site at a time. At this time only 2 people are allowed inside and outside. No more than 4 people are allowed on the site at one time. We do not yet have running water on site, so we do not have a way to wash hands. Volunteers are using their own facemasks and hand sanitizer.
Future builds and repair requests have been put on hold due, mostly to the fact that so many people have been affected by the virus in one form or another and safety is a priority for our volunteers. We do have plans start a remodel for a home in Burrillville and buying two duplex lots also in Burrillville.
We will send out additional updates as conditions change.
While we continue to move forward, we do ask that if you feel unwell or have traveled recently to one of the areas designated by the CDC as level 3 or on a cruise ship, you refrain from joining a Habitat event or build or visiting a Habitat ReStore or office. Similarly, if a member of your household has potentially been exposed to the virus through travel or other means, seek medical guidance and refrain from participating in any Habitat-related events, including volunteering or shopping in our ReStore[s].
In the meantime, please see the attached health guidelines document that offers advice from the World Health Organization on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 here: https://hfhi.sharepoint.com/sites/HFHINewsandCommunications/SitePages/Coronavirus-and-Volunteers.aspx
We recognize these measures may be disruptive to your plans, but given our local conditions, these postponements are prudent.
We are asking for donations of masks and hand sanitizer. If you feel you can help, please email Louise at Louise@carriere.org
We have home owners who are having a difficult period of time paying their bills due to lay offs. Our home owners are even more affected because they are low income housing. Any donations would be appreciated to help them stay current on their mortgage and utilities. If you'd like to make a donation please click on the donate button at the bottom of this page.
Please know that we are constantly monitoring the situation and will update our plans as new details emerge. Thank you for your continued support as we navigate this public health crisis together.
Amy L. Gates
To be a sponsor of the Habitat run, please click on the sponosr package to download the form.
This years beneficiary of the run is SFC Medburry. Mr. Medburry is an Army Veteran and has diabetes and neuropathy and is now bound to a wheel chair. We will be a sponsor to help him with a complete remodel of his bathroom to make it ADA compliant for entrance and manueverability.