Dear Friends,

Here at New Castle County Habitat, we share everyone’s concern about keeping our families and neighbors safe. As so many of us shelter in place, we are reminded now, more than ever, how vital a decent home is for one's health and safety.

I am writing to provide an update on the measures New Castle County Habitat for Humanity is taking to protect the people we serve, our staff, and volunteers during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Following guidance and directives from our local, state, and national leaders, we are doing our part to prevent the spread of the virus.

Starting today, Friday, March 20 th , both ReStore locations and our office in Wilmington are closed to the public through April 6 th .
Donations to the ReStore remain suspended. We will assess weekly to determine if there is a need to extend the closure further.

Our Board and Leadership Team have enacted a Response Plan that includes a remote work policy for essential staff, and a series of financial measures to find stability in these uncertain times. These include salary reductions for the leadership team, lay-offs, and proposed sale of assets.
  
Volunteering has been suspended through May 1st.
Our volunteer events through May 1 st have been cancelled. Events can be rescheduled by contacting volunteer@habitatncc.org . We ask for your patience in this time of uncertainty.
  
Special events and in-person meetings are being moved online or rescheduled.
In accordance with state and federal directives, we are postponing all in-person gatherings and events dependent on the size and date of the gathering. Meetings have already been rescheduled as zoom and conference calls.

In two weeks time, we will make a determination about rescheduling our annual Breakfast, Rock the Block Event, and June Birthday Celebration. Whenever possible, we will shift to virtual meetings. In some cases, we will reschedule for future dates. All registered participants and attendees will be directly notified.
  
We are managing the best we can.
The need for safe, healthy, and stable housing is glaringly evident in this time of uncertainty. Our board, volunteers, staff, and the hardworking families we serve deeply appreciate your support. Your generosity has allowed 250 families in New Castle County settle into their Habitat homes with comfort and security.
  
You can help us keep building - and complete homes underway with a financial contribution. If you are able, please  make a donation  to sustain our mission of building homes, community and hope for our neighbors in need of healthy living conditions.
 
Let’s continue to take care of one another.
 
In faith and service,
Kevin L. Smith, CEO
1920 Hutton Street Wilmington, DE 19802
302.652.0365 | habitatncc.org