Habitat for Humanity is re-opening its stores and starting up at its build sites again.
The Comox Valley ReStore is reopening to the public on Tuesday, June 2, a week after the Campbell River location.
“The health and safety of our volunteers, staff, customers, and community is our primary concern. We have updated our policies and procedures to be in full compliance with guidelines and regulations set out by the Provincial Health Office and WorkSafe BC,” Habitat for Humanity North Island said on its website on May 20.
Each ReStore will be open but on a reduced schedule to allow for increased attention to health and safety procedures. The doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Habitat for Humanity offered an online ReStore service, while stores were closed. This will continue to be available. At the time this was set up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Habitat for Humanity North Island executive director Pat McKenna said, “We didn’t want to re-open in any capacity until we could ensure the safety of our employees and customers.”
The ReStores will also be accepting donations of items, though this will start after the re-opening of the stores. The Campbell River store will accept donations by appointment only on Fridays and Saturday starting May 29. The Comox Valley location will be taking in donations by appointment only as of June 5 and 6.
The ReStores are looking for household and building items that are in good shape, clean and in working order.
“We ask that in light of the current pandemic, donors take a bit of extra time and clean their donated items before dropping off. Also, please neatly pack any smaller items in containers or boxes as all items will be quarantined and we will not be returning boxes at this time,” the website statement says.
ReStore also asks people to respect physical distance guidelines when dropping off items.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore uses the proceeds for its work in building affordable homes for families. The organization will be resuming activity at its build sites in the region. Work at the Hilchey Road site in Campbell River is set to resume in May, while work at 1330 Lake Trail Rd. in Courtenay gets going again in June, with safety measures in place. The projects will resume with a limited number of core volunteers.
At the Lake Trail site, Habitat for Humanity North Island is building 10 homes as a multi-phase project that is still slated to be finished this year. The organization has also applied for rezoning to build a multi-residential development on Piercy Avenue.