The continued health and safety of our staff and volunteers is of the utmost concern to us.

We are thoughtfully considering our response to this fluid situation. Here you’ll find the most up-to-date information regarding San Diego Habitat operations and procedures in response to COVID-19.

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LAST UPDATED: FEBRUARY 1, 2022

ReStore

Shopping

All three ReStore locations are currently open for business, with limited hours of operation. ReStores are open for shoppers Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm to allow for thorough cleaning of shared surfaces before opening and after closing.

We are following local, state, and CDC public health protocols to protect the health and safety of our customers and our staff. As such, please plan to follow these guidelines when shopping ReStore:

  1. If you have a fever or are ill, please plan to visit us at a later date when you are well.
  2. Wear a protective mask, covering your nose and mouth, at all times.
  3. Maintain at least six feet of distance between you and other customers/staff.
  4. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.

And remember, you can still shop ReStore online and take advantage of inter-store item transfer and in-store pickup.

Donating

PICKUPS

If you’d like your items picked up, please request an appointment online or call our donation hotline at (619) 241-2221. Please note that since we have recently begun accepting residential donations again, we have received an overwhelming outpouring of community support. As such, our trucks are often scheduled several weeks out. Thank you for your patience!

If you need pickup of a commercial donation, please start here.

DROPOFFS

If you’d prefer to drop off your donations, you can do so during business donation hours — Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-3pm. Please note that acceptance of items is at staff’s discretion and may depend on current space, inventory, and what we are able to resell. We recommend getting in touch to make sure we are able to accept your items before bringing them in. Peruse our donation guidelines and call (619) 241-2221 or email dispatch@sandiegohabitat.org to get guidance from staff.

Volunteering

As of June 1, 2021, we are welcoming back individuals and groups to the construction sites and ReStores. Please sign up for an orientation here.

Volunteers

VOLUNTEER SITE ENTRY

Before entering the site, site staff will:

  • Ensure you are wearing your face mask/covering
  • Conduct a symptoms screening and testing (if applicable)
  • If applicable, verify vaccination status
  • Check you in through our volunteer website
SYMPTOM SCREENING

When you arrive at the worksite or ReStore, a Habitat staff member will conduct a symptom screening, but a self-assessment prior to arriving is encouraged. You will be restricted from volunteering if you have:

  • Tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days
  • Developed symptoms associated with COVID-19 within the last 10 days
  • Been advised to quarantine within the last 10 days
  • Been in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 or more total minutes over a 24-hour period) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has had symptoms in the last 5 days

If you have decided to postpone your volunteer shift, please let us know as soon as possible.

COVID-19 TESTING

Effective February 1, 2022, San Diego Habitat will require the following individuals to take a rapid antigen test for COVID-19 (provided at no cost by San Diego Habitat) upon arrival, prior to the start of work and after a symptom screening, in order to work on any San Diego Habitat site:

  • Members of a volunteer group
  • Court-mandated volunteers
  • Those volunteering on a non-regular basis
  • Future homeowners and their friends and family performing sweat equity, unless they have provided San Diego Habitat with proof of up-to-date vaccination as defined by the Center for Disease Control and the San Diego County Public Health Officer.
  • Staff members and individuals that volunteer on a regular basis who have been identified as or who have attested to be a close contact of an individual who has tested positive (or suspected to be positive) for COVID-19 within the last 10 days.

San Diego Habitat for Humanity ReStore Managers, Construction Site Supervisors, and management reserve the right to identify and take action to mitigate any reasonably determined compromise to the safety of the staff, volunteers and customers.

COVID-19 VACCINATION

Effective February 1, 2022, the following individuals are required to be up-to-date for COVID-19 vaccinations (except where such a requirement is prohibited by applicable law and subject to the exemptions outlined below):

  • All key volunteers (Construction Regulars, ReStore Rockstars, Return-to-Work program volunteers) who are involved on a regular basis who would like to enter any San Diego Habitat facility (including, without limitation, offices, warehouses, worksites and ReStores).
  • All future new construction homeowners, their family and friends performing sweat equity at any San Diego Habitat sites, new construction site, home repair site, ReStore or offices that would like to opt out of the daily testing requirement.
  • As of February 1, 2022, up-to-date for COVID-19 vaccinations is defined as having received:
    • The primary series of a vaccine (one-dose or two-dose) and a booster OR
    • The second dose of a two-dose series (Moderna or Pfizer) at least 2 weeks ago but no more than 6 months ago OR
    • A single dose of a one-dose series (Johnson and Johnson/Janssen) at least 2 weeks ago but no more than 2 months ago
FACE COVERINGS

All individuals are required to wear a face covering when indoors at all times and when outdoors while working within 6 feet of another individual. During times of high or severe community infection rates, San Diego Habitat will require the use of N95 or equivalent respirators by all applicable individuals listed above. San Diego Habitat will provide these face coverings. Face coverings must:

  • Completely cover the nose and mouth;
  • Be made with two or more layers of a breathable fabric that is tightly woven (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source);
  • Be secured to the head with ear loops, or ties/elastic that go behind the head.
  • Be replaced every day or throughout the day if it becomes dirty, moist or no longer fits properly.
WHAT TO BRING
  • Face‌ covering‌
  • Bagged‌ ‌lunch‌ ‌
  • Plenty‌ ‌of‌ ‌water‌ ‌
  • Hand‌ ‌sanitizer‌ ‌(if‌ ‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌it)‌ ‌
  • Work‌ ‌gloves‌ ‌(if‌ ‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌it)‌ ‌
AS ALWAYS, REMEMBER TO WEAR
  • Closed-toed shoes‌ ‌
  • Clothes‌ ‌you‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌mind‌ ‌getting‌ ‌dirty or painted
  • Layers‌ ‌for‌ ‌fluctuating‌ ‌weather‌ ‌
  • Optional:‌ ‌hat,‌ ‌sunscreen,‌ ‌and‌ ‌sunglasses‌ ‌for‌ ‌outdoors‌

Questions? Contact‌ ‌the‌ ‌Volunteer‌ Services Team ‌at‌ ‌volunteerservices@sandiegohabitat.org‌.

Events

Most events have gone virtual and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. All home dedications, groundbreakings, orientations, stewardship events, and fundraisers have been canceled or reimagined. Find details on specific events here, or visit our YouTube Channel to view some of the events that went virtual in 2020.

We are thrilled to announce the return of Women Build in 2022. We will follow strict health and safety protocols and will offer a variety of ways to participate, depending on your level of comfort.

Visiting the Administrative Offices

Our administrative offices remain closed to the public. Select staff have very limited access to the building, following strict safety protocols.

  • If you are a homeowner who usually pays your mortgage in person, please contact Jenny Marovich to make arrangements.
  • If you are a vendor needing to deliver something, please make arrangements with your Habitat contact.

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