Habitat Happenings | May 21, 2020 Edition
Message From Your Executive Director
Greetings!

I'd like to start this message by saying that all of our staff miss seeing all of you that make up our Habitat family!

One of the greatest things about our mission has always been the community and feeling of family that comes from volunteers and donors working alongside our partner families as they complete sweat-equity on our construction sites or in the ReStore. Beyond our partner families are the relationships and camaraderie among regular, individual volunteers and volunteer groups who come out to do community service or team building. Even committee work and Board meetings have felt different through distance.

While separation has changed this feeling of community at Habitat, one thing that has been heightened is the idea of simple, decent, safe and affordable housing. Through COVID-19, all of us have been spending more time at home and this has brought light to the disparities between those who have decent and affordable housing and those who do not.

I've asked all of our staff to think about what "home" means to them personally but also what it means for the work that we do each and every day to fulfill our mission. In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing more on this topic but for now, I'll leave you with a thought: what if your home were different through this pandemic? Maybe half the size or twice the cost. Perhaps unsafe in structure, unsanitary (bugs or mold issues) or in need of weatherization. Our mission is going to change the rest of this year because of COVID-19 and loss of income. We will continue to build and repair homes but not to the extent that we originally planned.

If you believe in our mission and are financially stable, please consider a one-time or monthly gift to our organization in any amount to help jump start the operation of our housing programs as they reopen.

You can donate by clicking here.

Sincerely,

Sarah Beckman
Executive Director
State of Habitat for Humanity Housing Programs
When Habitat for Humanity Lakeside closed its doors in March and our staff went on a temporary layoff due to COVID-19, we made a difficult decision to close our housing programs. Applications that were in progress were paused and no new applications were being accepted. When we returned to work during the first week in May, our immediate priority was to regain revenue. Our second priority was to reopen our housing programs. On May 20, our Board of Directors voted to reopen applications for our Home Buyer and Home Repair Programs. In a time when there is so much uncertainty, we are happy to provide hope to those in need of better shelter, whether that is through exploring homeownership with our Home Buyer Program or seeking no-interest financing for a repair through our Home Repair Program. If you know a family in need, please encourage them to visit our website to set up a informational phone session with our Family Services Manager.
Meet a 2020 Partner Family
ReStore Reopening News
ReStore Set to Reopen for Shopping and Donation Drop-Off on May 27
The most frequently asked question while we have been closed is when we are reopening for shopping and donation drop-off. The time has come! Next Wednesday, May 27, we will be reopening our doors to the public. Safety is our #1 concern for both our staff and customers, so please keep the following in mind when you shop with us:
  • We'll have reduced shopping and donation drop-off hours (see below)
  • Our store capacity will start at 10 customers at a time
  • Donation drop-off will be contact-less so please do not get out of your vehicle
  • No shoppers under the age of 16 will be allowed

Physical alterations to our ReStore have been made and we also have new cleaning protocols. Some of what you will see and experience include:
  • Our staff are required to wear face masks to protect you
  • We encourage you to wear a face mask to protect us while you're shopping
  • A sneeze guard has been installed at check-out
  • Social distancing signage has been placed throughout the ReStore
  • Hourly cleaning will take place for all high touch areas and in our bathrooms
  • Our shopping carts will be divided between clean and dirty so you know which to use
  • Our donated product will be disinfected with aerosol or spray bottle disinfectant and then sit in a quarantine for 3-5 business days before it gets priced and moved to the sales floor

New COVID-19 Shopping & Donation Drop-Off Hours
Wednesday-Friday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. l Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Contact Information
1911 N 8th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081 l 920-452-4175 l www.sheboyganrestore.org
Online Shopping Now Available Through Facebook Marketplace
On May 6, we launched online shopping for ReStore merchandise through Facebook marketplace. This was a service our ReStore offered before COVID-19 and served as a launching point to our reopening strategy. On our website, we have a landing page where all Facebook Marketplace items are listed. Our staff try to maintain at least 30 active listings, and as items sell, we get more up quickly so be sure to check out our website to see what's new in the ReStore! Once we reopen on May 27, this website will continue to stay active. Additionally, you will be able to pay by phone and do contact-less pick-up or come to the ReStore to pay and pick-up onsite.
Volunteer Update
Volunteer Activities Cancelled Through June 30, 2020

For safety reasons related to COVID-19, we are suspending individual and group volunteer activities through June 30, 2020. Committee and select remote opportunities will still take place virtually. We will be making an announcement on individual and group volunteer activities for July and August during the first week in June. For any questions, please reach out to Emily at enuernberg@habitatlakeside.com or 920-458-3399 ext. 301.
United Way Spirit of Sheboygan County Volunteer Awards

Two of our amazing Habitat for Humanity Lakeside ReStore volunteers, Tom Warosh and Larry Doolittle, were finalists for this year's United Way of Sheboygan County's Spirit of Sheboygan County Volunteer Awards Ceremony. Tom Warosh, who also serves on our current Board of Directors, was nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Larry was nominated for the Volunteer of the Year Award. Both of these volunteers have dedicated more than 15 years to Habitat for Humanity Lakeside's mission and vision and have been integral to the success of our organization and our ReStore.

Larry Doolittle was announced the winner of this year's Volunteer of the Year Award. Larry has dedicated over 16 years of service with the Habitat for Humanity Lakeside ReStore. Larry holds a wealth of knowledge of our ReStore operations and still helps out on a regular basis by getting donations out on the sales floor or helping wherever needed. Fun fact : Larry met his wife Diane at the ReStore! We are overjoyed that he won this award and cannot put into words how much we appreciate him and all of the other ReStore volunteers that contribute to our mission. In case you missed the Virtual Event, you can watch it by clicking here .
Through shelter, we empower! Please consider a one-time or recurring monthly donation. Simply click the button below to support our mission today.

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