At Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity, our greatest priority is for the safety of our homeowners, volunteers, staff, customers, visitors and the greater community as we take proactive steps to minimize the health impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Leading health experts recommend that we all practice “safe-distancing” to minimize contact and prevent the spread of the virus. As of now, Central SC Habitat for Humanity has:
Eliminated all unneccesary group meetings
Build site opportunities have been re-opened, however, we have decreased the number of allowed volunteers per site
The ReStore has adjusted it's operating hours. Please see the "Retail Operations" tab below for more details. Customers are asked to wear masks, and limited volunteers are available there at this time.
The office will be closed to the general public, homeowners, and volunteers for the time being. Anyone who needs to come by the office should call (803) 252-3570 and schedule an appointment with the person they need to speak with.
This unprecedented pandemic hinders our ability to serve the community through cancelled construction shifts and closed ReStores. We are all impacted by this crisis, but if you can, please help CSC Habitat for Humanity – and our community – weather this storm with your financial support.
For more information on the various aspects of the organization, and direct contact information, please see the bottom of this page, and click the relevant tab. For contact information, you can also click here.
We have proactively communicated to Candidate Homeowners about the potential impact to home construction timelines. We have also moved all Homeowner Workshops for our current cohort to May (dates will continue to be updated as new information and recommendations come out).
Additionally, Candidate Homeowners will not be penalized for missing sweat equity hours due to impacts of the virus but must inform the Homeowner Services Director. (Regular sweat equity hours will be required starting the month of May, unless the Homeowner Services Director has been notified).
Home Assessments have begun for applicants who applied in January 2020 and who have been notified they made it to this phase in the process. Assessments will take place May-June and Assessors have been encouraged to wear masks/gloves and complete interviews outside the residence, virtual meeting has also been provided as an option.
Current homeowners are advised to visit SC State Housingwebsite for updates regarding their mortgage payments and any relief that may be provided. SC Housing has created a COVID-19 Connection Hub, here, homeowners can apply for mortgage forbearance given you have been directly impacted financially due to the pandemic. Homeowners are also welcome to call 803-896-9521. At this time, SC State Housing is encouraging all homeowners to utilize the online payment portals, those can be accessed by clicking on the highlighted link above. Thank you and be well. -Emily Fernald, Homeowner Services Director,firstname.lastname@example.org
Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity has made the following restrictions on volunteer opportunities:
Home Building volunteer opportunities have been temporarily suspended, but will be resuming in the near future.
Our ReStore is currently open, and volunteers are able to sign up for a volunteer spot.
Neighborhood Revitalization projects are in the planning stages, and may appear on the volunteer construction calendar soon.
We are currently not scheduling groups of more than 8 individuals for projects.
Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (including fever and cough) should delay volunteering until their symptoms subside.
Central SC Habitat for Humanity prides itself on our dedicated volunteers and community involvement, this also means that we have a duty to protect them and insure their safety at all of our locations.
The spring is our busiest season for individuals and groups, so we do ask for your patience during this time and understanding that this is going to take a lot of planning, response time may be longer than usual, and we may ask volunteers to be more flexible with scheduling requirements. Thank you. - April Epting, Volunteer Manager, email@example.com
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is currently open from 9am-3pm on Tuesday-Saturday. Beginning May 26th, the ReStore will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-4pm.
Donations: The ReStore is currently accepting donations. These donations may be dropped off at the ReStore during the current operating hours. We will begin scheduling pick-ups on May 26th.
We understand that current measures can be viewed as an inconvenience, however, our duty is to ensure the safety of our customers, volunteers, and staff. The mission of Habitat for Humanity relies heavily on the production of the ReStore, so, now that we have begun reopening, we hope the community will come back full force to donate, schedule pickups, and volunteer as we will need your support more than ever. Thank you. - ReStore Staff
For the safety of our teams, we will immediately implement a remote work practice for office associates where the nature of their job lends itself to working remotely.
Starting Wednesday, March 18 office associates who are unable to work remotely will begin to use a split shift office work system or distance themselves within the building to minimize contact with fellow employees. Supervisors with team members who must work in the office will divide their teams and assign an even/odd work day cadence. This will minimize the number of people working in the office at one time.
We will pause Neighborhood Revitalization projects until further notice. The NR Coordinator will be contacting all scheduled homeowners and groups to make them aware of this action and will work to reschedule all projects once the affiliate has been cleared to resume all regular operations. If you are a homeowner and currently have a project scheduled, you may reach out to Sonja Webber at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding its status.
New construction projects will be suspended after Saturday, March 21st. The Construction Manager will be in contact with all scheduled contractors to notify them of this action and all scheduled volunteers are encouraged to review the volunteer tab on this page for more information.
As mentioned above, staff are available remotely via email. To view the staff list and email information,please click here. Thank you for your patience and please stay safe. - Central SC Habitat for Humanity Team
All scheduled Central SC Habitat for Humanity meetings and events have been canceled until further notice (this includes any community fairs and Rides with Roy).
Staff will be reaching out to organizers individually to work to reschedule any possible meetings or events.