Coronavirus

Habitat for Humanity is actively monitoring updates from from the Mesa County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control

To prioritize the health and safety of our shoppers, volunteer, donors and staff, our Habitat ReStore is temporarily closing from March 20, 2020 until further notice. We will not be accepting donations at this time. We will be scheduling future donation pickups for the week of April 13 through April 17. Please call 970-263-0858, Press 1 to leave a message and we will return your call.

In an effort to keep people safe in light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we want the public to know that we are taking the following steps:

Construction
Habitat has a culture of safety on all of our construction sites. Typically our focus is on preventing construction-related injuries, however, with the spread of COVID-19 our culture of safety includes additional precautions for volunteer health and safety:

    • Hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant readily available at all build sites
    • Disinfectant wipes available for wiping down tools
    • Disposable gloves available
    • Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own work gloves
    • When volunteering, maintain appropriate “social distancing” from others

While we can’t guarantee a sterile worksite, we encourage all volunteers to clean their hands and tools frequently and will provide disposable gloves for those who want them.

ReStore
It is our hope to make your experience with the ReStore and all of our Habitat for Humanity interactions as enjoyable and safe as possible. Extra time and effort has been allocated to clean the store. Employees have been trained on preventative measures such as:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Properly covering coughs
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Employees and volunteers have been encouraged to stay home if they are sick
  • When volunteering, maintain appropriate “social distancing” from others

Per CDC recommendations (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html)

  • Anyone who is exhibiting cold, flu, fever, or respiratory illness symptoms is asked to refrain from joining a Habitat event or build or visiting a Habitat ReStore or office until you are free of such symptoms for at least 24-48 hours without the use of medication.
  • Similarly, anyone who has potentially been exposed to the virus through travel to one of the areas designated by the CDC as level 3 or on a cruise ship, is also asked to refrain from joining a Habitat event or build or visiting a Habitat ReStore or office. Additionally, please refrain if a member of your household or close contact has potentially been exposed.
  • If you belong to a higher-risk group, we recommend that you refrain from volunteering until the virus has been well contained. Higher-risk populations include older adults and those with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
  • Handwashing is your best protection! Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, especially upon arrival at site, after using the restroom, before and after eating, after blowing your nose or coughing or sneezing, and before leaving site.
  • If you do need to cough or sneeze, turn away from others, and cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Dispose of any tissues and wash your hands afterward.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, or face
  • Getting your Home ready – a plan of action by CDC

To our Volunteers
Please let us know if you decide not to volunteer as previously planned, so that we can adjust accordingly. When you are feeling well, please reschedule your volunteer day – we’d love to have you out with us when you are feeling your best.

To everyone,
We know that many are feeling concerned about this virus, and your health and safety are our top priority. Our staff and volunteers are following the above mentioned health and safety protocols. We will continue to follow the best available advice, and to listen to our community, as the situation progresses. Please know that the above recommendations may change as we receive more information about the situation. In the meantime, we thank you for helping us keep our community healthy today, so that we can keep building a stronger tomorrow.