Habitat Happenings | June 16, 2020 Edition
Message From Your Executive Director
Greetings!

As I carefully thought how to craft the opening message I share in our newsletter today, I found strength and inspiration from the leadership of our Habitat for Humanity International CEO, Jonathan Reckford. He shared this statement in a recent message communicated to the Habitat for Humanity U.S. affiliated network, "as we share in the sadness, anger and uncertainty that has rocked communities across the United States since the killing of George Floyd, we recognize that we must do more. I must do more." I agree whole-heartedly with the sentiments reflected in this statement. It is not a time to be silent about injustice, no matter how difficult the conversation may be.

Habitat is more than a housing nonprofit. We were born on a farm in South Georgia on the theory of radical inclusivity, at a time when inclusivity was seen by some as an existential threat. This is a vision of a world we still believe in and fight to build every day. We believe in a world where we share one humanity and that vision for a shared humanity is why we choose to speak out.

We must commit to doing the work in our actions and through our programs to bring equality and justice to the communities in which we work. We must, throughout our ministry, do a better job of connecting issues of racial and social injustice with historic barriers to affordable housing and working to eradicate those barriers.

Historic discrimination in U.S. housing policy - particularly discrimination against Black Americans - is one of the chief drivers of racial inequities that persist today. Organizations like Habitat that work on housing must understand that history, and it must inform our work moving forward.

In addition to being a space where people of all races, all faiths and all backgrounds can come together in common cause, we commit to being actively anti-racist and to affirming, through word and action, that Black Lives Matter and that our communities and systems must further this fundamental truth.  

I promise to hold myself accountable for leading this organization to a better embodiment of these principles, and I seek your prayers, patience, support and help.

Below you will find some resources that will allow you to take action and engage in thoughtful reflection. This list was endorsed by leaders of the Black Employee Success team resource group at Habitat for Humanity International.

Sincerely,

Sarah Beckman
Executive Director

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Father's Day Gift Idea
Father's Day only comes once per year and Dad is always hard to shop for. Habitat is proud to partner with Lowe's of Manitowoc to offer you a gift solution through our Father's Day fundraising campaign. When you make a donation in honor of your dad or another father figure, you will be supporting affordable housing solutions for dad's like Chris (photoed above).

​In exchange for your donation, Habitat will mail a Father's Day card to your dad or father figure and you will be entered to win a prize package of Craftsman tools. One winner will be announced on our Facebook page on the afternoon of Thursday, June 18.  Click below to donate today!
Donate in Any Amount l Deadline is Noon on 6-18-20
Volunteers Return July 6th
Since March, Habitat for Humanity Lakeside has been quieter without the use of our mighty volunteer force. All of that will start to change as we begin to reopen volunteer opportunities, beginning the week of July 6, 2020. We are so excited to begin welcoming back our volunteers in limited roles and with safety at the forefront of our minds.

Beginning the week of July 6th, we will have volunteer opportunities available in the ReStore, Office, and in other areas of our operations. We will be allowing up to 3 volunteer slots at a time in a specified location, and the roles will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. All volunteers will be required to wear masks during their shift, and will also follow all safety and cleaning guidelines that Habitat staff are instructed to follow. We will not be allowing any walk-on volunteers during this time. If interested, you can reach out to Emily at 920-458-3399 ext. 301 or enuernberg@habitatlakeside.com to learn more about the opportunities we currently have available and to schedule a time to talk through our new safety guidelines as a volunteer.
ReStore Updates
Sheboygan ReStore Reopening a Success
Our Sheboygan ReStore reopened on May 27 and during our first three weeks of being reopened we have felt so appreciated by our customer and donor base. Our drive-through donation drop-off has been busier than ever and we've received customer compliment after compliment about our building improvements.

As we continue to navigate the ins and outs of operating a resale store in the midst of a pandemic, we're making sure to evaluate our cleaning, safety and general operational protocols on a weekly basis. Every week we have made adjustments to what we're doing, all in an effort to create the safest experience for our customers, donors, staff and soon-to-return volunteers.

Our most recent ReStore guidelines related to COVID-19 include:
  • Our staff are required to wear face masks while at work
  • Beginning June 17, customers will be required to wear a face mask when the Sheboygan County Safe Restart Benchmark criteria for "cases" is red or yellow. If this metric is green, mask wearing will be strongly encouraged. More information on this change can be found by following this link
  • No children under 16 are allowed in the store until further notice
  • A sneeze guard remains installed at check-out, and we have set up a self-bagging station for merchandise you purchase
  • Social distancing signage has been placed throughout the ReStore
  • Cleaning checklists are completed three times per day and our shopping carts are cleaned after individual use
  • Donation drop-off remains a contact-less process with our employees sanitizing their hands and changing disposable gloves between each donor we interact with
  • Our donated product will be disinfected with aerosol or spray bottle disinfectant and then sit in a quarantine for 3 business days before it gets priced and moved to the sales floor
What's New in the ReStore?
Lowe's of Manitowoc donated several new product items to our ReStore during the week of June 8, 2020. Click the photos below for more details on each item. You can also view other items we have listed through Facebook Marketplace by following this link to the online shopping page on our website . This page is updated weekly so check back often to see what's new in the ReStore.
22" Walk-Behind Trimmer
2500 Ton Log Splitter
Basic LED Indoor Floodlights
New COVID-19 Shopping & Donation Drop-Off Hours
Wednesday-Friday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. l Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Contact Information
1911 N 8th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081 l 920-452-4175 l www.sheboyganrestore.org
Now Hiring - Join the Habitat Lakeside Team
We are excited to announce the opportunity to join our team in one of two roles - Construction Manager and Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator. Both roles are full-time, exempt and benefit eligible positions. If you or someone you know is interested in applying or learning more, please visit our website through this link to view the full job description and how to apply. We are a fun bunch and cannot wait to add to our team!!
Construction Manager

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Construction Manager is responsible for all Habitat for Humanity Lakeside construction projects, including new residential construction, residential rehabs and residential repairs throughout Sheboygan County. Motivating, encouraging, communicating with and educating Habitat volunteers, community partners and partner families while implementing and enforcing safety are critical components of the job. Other components include but are not limited to conducting site visits, creating work scopes, interfacing with subcontractors, overseeing skilled and unskilled volunteers, acquiring materials & tools, handling permits and handing quality control inspections.
Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Volunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator will oversee the volunteer program for Habitat Lakeside’s construction sites and ReStore which will include volunteer recruitment, onboarding, scheduling, appreciation and retention. This individual will work to engage the community in our housing programs with particular attention to neighborhood outreach and event logistics for our Rock the Block Program. They will assist with event logistics for any Home Buyer Program dedication or ground breaking ceremony and will be the staff lead for National Women Build Week activities. 
Housing is the Prescription we Need Presentation
On June 12, 2020, Habitat for Humanity International hosted an hour-long panel presentation that focused on the important ties between home and health, with particularly attention to what this connection meant for disadvantaged households during the COVID-19 pandemic. ​Panelists included:
  • Dr. Megan Sandel, associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine and co-director of the - Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center.
  • Dr. Stephen Klasko, president of Thomas Jefferson University and CEO of Jefferson Health.
  • Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International.
  • Lisa Gordon, president & CEO of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

Click the image below to view the recording of this presentation.
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Seeking to put God's love into action, Habitat for Humanity Lakeside brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Individuals and families all over Sheboygan County are ready to break free from substandard housing by financing a repair or building and purchasing their own decent, affordable home - but we can't build without  you .
Habitat for Humanity Lakeside | PO Box 973, Sheboygan, WI 53082 | 920-458-3399
Habitat ReStore | 1911 N 8th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081 | 920-452-4175
loveinaction@habitatlakeside.com | www.habitatlakeside.com