At Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity, our highest priority is the health and safety of our entire community—staff, clients, volunteers, supporters, and neighbors across the region, state, and nation.
During this COVID-19 outbreak, health officials suggest that no matter our age or health we practice “social distancing” to play our part in slowing the virus. Effective immediately and through April 14, we are closing the Holland ReStore as well as eliminating large group gatherings, enhancing cleaning and sanitizing at all our facilities and sites, and adapting our work to incorporate new best practices to prioritize community health.
We aim to make our decisions based on the best information available, and we will do our best to be responsible and timely in making and communicating decisions, as this is an ever-evolving, fluid situation.
Homeowners and Buyers:
We will cancel or reschedule all non-essential meetings with external guests in our building. We will seek to arrange remote options or conference calls. Your contact at Habitat will let you know of any changes.
If classes or trainings are canceled, our Homeowners Services Coach will notify you of any changes.
We will cease to host volunteers on construction sites, in our offices, and in the Holland ReStore until further notice. We want to get back to full speed for our community as soon as possible, but we also want to make sure we do our part to ensure the safety and health of everyone involved with our activities.
The Holland ReStore will be closed until Tuesday, April 14. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly. To keep our customers and staff safe, we’ve taken the following additional measures:
• We are suspending donations of items to the ReStore. Know that we rely on your donations, so please consider holding onto your items until we reopen.
• We are suspending all material recovery projects and pick-ups.
• We are suspending all donation pick-ups.
As of March 17, we will:
• Cancel all meetings with external guests in our building. We will arrange remote options or conference calls.
• Close our offices to visitors and all external parties.
Our staff will be working remotely and will be available via email and phone.
Support Lakeshore Habitat
We would be incredibly grateful for your help during this time. While closing our ReStore is the right decision during this health crisis, it is not done lightly. Our ReStore helps provide overhead operating dollars that keep our ministry running smoothly. If you feel called to make a donation directly toward our operating costs, you can donate online or by check and indicate “Operating expenses.”
Additionally, we are about to begin a new home build in the city of Hamilton. Because of the health crisis, we canceled our kick-off meeting, where we would have shared the current need and how to get involved. If you would like to be included on a list to receive updates regarding this build, please email email@example.com. We are looking to raise an additional $80,000 to keep the build moving forward. If you would like to make a donation specifically toward this home build, you can donate online or by check and indicate “Hamilton build.”
Above all, please join us in prayer. Thank you.
Help the Community
If you are looking for additional ways to serve our community during this time, the United Way, Community Foundation, and Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance have created a site with resources, volunteer opportunities, and ways to engage as a donor.
Our partners at Community Action House in Holland are also looking for support and volunteers as they seek to provide essentials—such as food—to community members.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support during this challenging period! If you have any questions, please get in touch by calling (616) 393-8001.
Up to date local information can be found here.
State of Michigan information can be found here.
CDC guidance can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
People experiencing symptoms (such as cough, fever, or shortness of breath) should call for assessment and avoid arriving at a care facility unannounced. They can call 616-394-2080 for Holland Hospital’s free COVID-19 screening service for advice (7am-7pm).
Donations accepted Monday-Satruday