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UPDATE FROM E.J. THOMAS, PRES. & CEO, HABITAT MIDOHIO

Monday March 23, 2020

To our Habitat MidOhio Families & Friends…

In adherence with the Stay at Home order from Governor Mike DeWine, starting at midnight tonight and through 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 6th, Habitat MidOhio’s Family & Program Center, as well as our three MidOhio ReStores, will remain closed.  

If all goes well, we will plan on reopening on Tuesday April 7, 2020 at 9:00 am. 

We will continue to respond to phone calls or return any voicemails left for us at (614) 422-4828 or emails sent to
info@habitatmidohio.org.

For ReStore donation inquiries please call our donation line (614) 364-7028, or visit our website.

Your health and safety are important to us and we are eager to continue responding to the need for decent and affordable housing as soon as possible.

Keep your family and loved ones safe!

E.J.

 

FROM E.J. THOMAS, PRES. & CEO

March 18, 2020

Dear Friends, 

Our team has been closely monitoring the escalations surrounding Coronavirus / COVID-19, and we believe now is the time for us to do even more to protect you, our team, Habitat partner families, and the community for which we care deeply. I'm writing today to share how we are increasing our efforts to help flatten the curve of this harmful disease during the weeks ahead. 

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 prayerfully—but we need your help. So as to be fully transparent, here are the protective measures we are enacting today: 

Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio Family & Program Center, powered by the AEP Foundation / Here's what we're doing: 

Our administrative offices are now closed to the public.. 

Our staff is available and actively working remotely, replying to phone calls, voicemails, and emails during this time. Any scheduled meetings are being held remotely in compliance with recommended social distancing practices. 

Here's how you can help us: 

We urgently need your financial support! As businesses throughout our community are impacted by closures, so are many Habitat homeowners who make their family's living in the service industry. As a result, our partner families will certainly be concerned about continuing to make their mortgage payments. Know we are committed to working with each family during this uncertain time, but we need your financial support to sustain us in that.

Please consider any financial support possible and click here to give a gift online or see other ways to give. When you give, you'll help us do more to help our partner families. 

Habitat MidOhio ReStores / Here's what we're doing: 

All ReStores are now closed to the public until at least April 6th. 

Until April 6th, we are pausing donation drop-offs and are working to reschedule donation pickups that are currently scheduled. We do rely on your donated items, so please keep reading to see how you can help. 

Here's how you can help us: 

ReStores are a key part of how we build and repair homes with local families, and this downtime will certainly be a hit to that effort. We will urgently need your donated items when we return. If you're planning a donation drop-off, please hang on to your items and drop them off when we open again on April 6th.

You can continue to request free donation pickups on our website, but please remember that we aren't able to resume pickups until the ReStores are open again. Click here to learn more about donating items and schedule your free donation pickup

Habitat MidOhio Volunteers / Here's what we're doing: 

We are cancelling all ReStore volunteers and all work on Habitat job sites until April 6th. 

We are contacting all currently scheduled volunteers to reschedule or cancel their assignments. 

Here's how you can help us: 

Take steps to stay healthy—we have a busy build season ahead of us and we'll need your help to build homes once production resumes! 

Habitat Partner Families and Homeowners / Here's what we're doing: 

We are cancelling upcoming Habitat partner family education classes and will communicate those cancellations directly with affected families and facilitators. 

Our Homeowner Services team is available to offer referral services to other agencies who have resources if you or your family have been affected by the Coronavirus / COVID-19. Our team is here to help you in any way we can. 

Homeowners are encouraged to continue to make their mortgage payments as they typically do and to stay in touch with us. 

Here's how you can help us. 

Stay in touch with our Homeowner Services team if you have questions or concerns during this time. Call Lisa Jones at (614) 419-4387 or email at ljones@habitatmidohio.org and she will be available to assist you. 

Join Together in Support and Grace 

This disease most vigorously affects the most vulnerable in our communities, so please join us in praying for those who are already ill, those who may become ill and our government leaders and medical professionals. Pray for protection over our entire community and all those who come into contact with and depend upon our Habitat MidOhio mission. 

As previously stated, once this challenge is behind us, we’ll have a very busy Habitat build season ahead! So take precautions to stay safe and healthy, take time to rest up, and be ready to build hope for families who need the strong foundation of decent, affordable housing.

Above all, let's be there to support one another during this difficult time. If you have any questions, please get in touch. Simply call (614) 422-4828 or email us at info@habitatmidohio.org

Please know how much we appreciate all you bring to our mission, for without your support, ours would not exist. 

With gratitude for your support, 

E.J.

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