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: 1.) All Volunteers are asked to wear masks while volunteering with Habitat. 2.) Gloves will be required when volunteering. Either work/gardening gloves or plastic/rubber/latex are okay. Volunteers who don't bring their own gloves will be provided with some. 3.) Construction Volunteers will go through a COVID-19 Screening before being allowed on the Volunteer Site. Screening will include: having temperature taken and being asked a series of questions regarding COVID-19 exposure.
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. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these regulations, please contact the volunteer office at email@example.com or (803) 726-0424. Thank you. - April Epting, Volunteer Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is currently open from 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, or individuals can schedule a donation pick up.
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
To learn more about Habitat's up to date efforts, and how we are working during the Coronavirus pandemic, you can review the following newsletters: