COVID-19 (Coronavirus Response)
Dear Friends of Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity,
We have seen it time and time again, that out of hardship we often gain tremendous strength, hope, faith, growth and discover the hidden blessings found in every day life. We owe a debt of gratitude especially to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, the medical providers, law enforcement, grocery store employees, postal workers, and all those that bravely continue to serve publicly in the community during this time of great need.
I want to assure you, our Habitat friends, that Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity has implemented significant safeguards to ensure the health and well being of our volunteers, community partners and staff. We are continuing our construction activities to build affordable, quality homes for local deserving Weld County families. On Sunday Governor Polis declared construction as an essential community service. Greeley-Weld Habitat’s construction and support staff continue to support our homebuilding mission with few disruptions in our operations. Staff members that can are working remotely, all others are practicing social distancing. Although our administration office and ReStore are temporarily closed to the public, staff is working daily at both locations to make certain there are no interruptions to our families dreams of home ownership.
Positive news is still in abundance at Greeley-Weld Habitat. We have completed our 14-home development in Crestview. Three more Greeley-Weld Habitat families will close and move into their homes in the next 30 days, and another family partner, our Milliken homeowner and her four children will move into the home of their dreams in May. Our hardworking construction team has not stopped since the COVID-19 pandemic reached Colorado. Mission Homestead, our Evans development is still on target with infrastructure work currently underway and plans to start building the first of our 27 homes there in late May.
The industrious ReStore team has been deep cleaning, sanitizing and re-merchandising, and can’t wait to reopen to serve our community.
We look forward to our store reopening as soon as it is prudent to do so.
For our incredible volunteers, we were saddened as information unfolded last week regarding the increased public risk of COVID-19. The board and I decided to best protect our volunteers and community by restricting all volunteer activities at both the construction sites and the ReStore. We are constantly monitoring local and state governmental mandates, CDC directives, and Habitat for Humanity International recommendations that signal the safest time for volunteers to once again join in our crucially important work. We will rejoice when the day arrives for our volunteers to return and lock arms in our fight against poverty housing.
Of this we can be certain, love, faith and courage can conquer any adversity that we face. The disciple John wisely expressed, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out all fear”. Our commitment to serve one another in love will bring us through this time of trial. We could not be more grateful for the love and support of you, our community partners, volunteers, donors, and everyone who has made our work possible these past 32 years. The impact of your investment lives on in every man, woman and child that has been served and will be served by your generosity, for generations to come. May love lead us all until we are on the other side of this journey of faith.
It is my prayer that this letter finds you well and navigating these times of challenge with little adversity and good health. I know all of us take a great deal of comfort in knowing that our Creator who loves us with an everlasting love, is traveling with us through this time of complexity and uncertainty.
Cheri Witt-Brown, Executive Director
Greeley-Weld Habitat for Humanity
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