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Memphis Habitat’s response to COVID-19

Dear Friends of Memphis Habitat,

I’m reaching out to you today, in the midst of this ever changing situation around the COVID-19 outbreak, to keep you informed on what we’re doing here at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis to balance keeping our work moving forward and protect the health of our clients, staff, supporters and our community.

Here are the steps we’re taking at Memphis Habitat:

  • Currently, our offices are closed, with all staff working remotely. We anticipate returning to working in the office on Monday, April 6, but this may change as the situation develops.
     
  • Also, our Restore is closed and all donation pick-ups are on hold for the time being. We anticipate starting to reschedule donation pick-ups on Monday, April 6 and reopening the store to the public on Tuesday, April 7, but again, this may change as the situation develops.
     
  • We have canceled such public classes like our homebuyer program orientation sessions and our THDA pre- and post-purchase 8-hour class for the time being and will reschedule them as soon as possible.
     
  • In regard to our Aging In Place program, we want to both serve the critical repair needs of our clients and also protect their health, so we are currently focusing solely on exterior work, like roof repairs, for the time being.
     
  • Our large scale events, such as Tool Box Bash and the Tennessee Health + Housing Summit, will be scheduled for later dates, as appropriate.
     
  • The Global Village trip planned for late July 2020 in Guatemala will be rescheduled.

As you can see, we’re always busy, pushing ahead and doing all we can to help support decent, affordable housing opportunities in our community, but right now, we believe taking a step back and slowing down a little is imperative for the safety of everyone in the Habitat family – including you.

We will continue to monitor this situation, adapt as needed, and update everyone via our website, social media channels and phone lines. If you want to talk with us or have any questions about our work – PLEASE contact us! We’re all still working via laptops, emails, and conference calls, doing what we can to keep our work moving forward, even in this uncertain time. Together, we empower, and together we will weather this storm.

In fellowship and solidarity,

Dwayne Spencer
President & CEO
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis

P.S. You can help us keep working through this situation via an online donation today. With your help, we can continue to build and improve the places that our neighbors call home.

Posted by Kim Morrison Stewart at 11:00 AM
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