Updates on DuPage Habitat's Response to COVID-19
DuPage Habitat for Humanity will close our offices (with all office staff working remotely), close the ReStores and close all construction sites through April 6. Read below for more information.
I am writing to provide an update on the measures DuPage Habitat for Humanity is taking to protect the people we serve, our staff, and volunteers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Here at DuPage Habitat, we share everyone’s concern about keeping our families and neighbors safe and are reminded how vital a decent home is for one's health and safety, you are all in our prayers. Following guidance and directives from our local, state, and national leaders, we are doing our part to prevent the spread of the virus.
Our office is temporarily closed to the public. Our construction sites and ReStores are temporarily closed. Special events and in-person meetings are being rescheduled. We are managing the best we can.
Effective immediately, our office is closed to the public until April 6. We will assess weekly to determine if there is a need to extend the closure further. Our Leadership Team has enacted an Emergency Response Plan that includes a remote work policy for office staff.
We expect this closure to be effective through April 6 and possibly beyond. Our team is working with individuals, corporate teams, and community groups to postpone previously confirmed volunteer dates and reschedule when possible. We are not accepting donations on-site until further notice. We will continue to screen donations online; please follow this link to submit a request.
We care about the people we serve, our staff, and volunteers. In accordance with city, state, and federal directives, we are postponing all in-person gatherings and events dependent on the size and date of the gathering. This includes committee meetings, Homebuyer classes, and our annual Women Build signature fundraiser. When possible, we will shift to virtual meetings. In most cases, we will reschedule for future dates. All registered participants and attendees will be directly notified as decisions are determined.
We are concerned about how this unprecedented pandemic will continue or escalate. The impact these measures will have on our ability to critically serve the community is unknown. What we do know is that the need for safe, healthy, stable housing is glaringly evident at this time of uncertainty. That said, please know that our board, volunteers, staff, and the hardworking families we serve deeply appreciate your support. Because of you, there are families in DuPage County who are settling into their Habitat homes with comfort and security.
For now, you cannot build with hammers and nails, but you can keep us building in the future with a financial contribution. If you are able, please make a donation to sustain our mission of bringing people together to build strength, stability, and self-reliance for our neighbors in need of healthy living conditions.
Let’s continue to take care of one another.
Dave Neary, Executive Director