Why is the ReStore closing?
Due to the impacts of COVID-19 on much of the retail industry, Habitat Santa Barbara has made the difficult decision to focus its mission on affordable housing and will be closing the ReStore as a result. Sales proceeds from the ReStore are intended to provide financial support Habitat’s community work focused on affordable housing. Unfortunately, this difficult retail environment creates a financial risk to Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County’s core mission of building homes, communities and hope. Closing the ReStore has been a difficult decision, but it will allow us to provide a deeper focus on our mission delivery. We do this by building new homes and selling them at an affordable mortgage, as well as repairing homes to aid individuals with health and safety, allowing people to stay in their homes longer.
When is the ReStore closing?
While Habitat will remain in the community delivering important community services, the ReStore’s closing will be happening during the summer of 2020. The ReStore will be conducting a liquidation sale from August 6 through August 16, 2020 from 9:00am until 4:00pm.
Can I still buy anything?
Our entire store will go on sale, and items can be purchased during the time window of the sale (August 6 – 16, 2020, 9:00am until 4:00pm daily).
Is the store open, what are your operating hours?
The store is currently closed and we are unfortunately not accepting any donations at this time. The ReStore will be open from August 6 until August 16, 2020.
Where are all of the donations going after the store closes?
Habitat is working to sell all of its remaining items, and proceeds will continue to fund Habitat’s mission. We will also be working with fellow nonprofit organizations and community partners to see how items may benefit individuals, families and businesses in need.
Can I still donate to the ReStore while it’s still open?
Unfortunately, as we work on the closing of the store, we are unable to accept any donations at this time. We do have a list available of other community nonprofits that collect donations, but it’s always good to call in advance of any drop-off’s to those nonprofits on the list. Please inquire if you would like this list at email@example.com.
If I buy something during a closing sale, is delivery available?
Unfortunately, all items must be brought out of the store, during the time of sale, by retail customers. All sales will also be cash sales.
Can my nonprofit take a look at the merchandise?
We are happy to explore a partnership or opportunity with non-profit organizations regarding the items we have at the ReStore. To discuss further, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does Habitat do?
Established in 2000, Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County (Habitat Santa Barbara) is a local nonprofit that helps individuals and families build and improve a place to call home. We work towards our vision by building strength, stability, and self-reliance in partnership with community members in need of decent and affordable housing. We currently focus on home repairs and educational programs around finances and home ownership. Our home repair programs allow for community members to live in a healthy and safe home, which is more important than ever. These repairs also allow for seniors to age in place. Our goal is to ensure everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat Santa Barbara has built 22 new homes for 84 people, 50% of which are children, as well as helped rebuild and repair more than 150 homes across Santa Barbara’s south county.
Is Habitat going away?
Habitat Santa Barbara will continue to serve Southern Santa Barbara County through our current and new programs; it is only the ReStore, Habitat’s retail arm, that is closing. We are focusing our resources to be able to better serve our community.
Where will Habitat be moving?
While the ReStore is closing, Habitat staff can still be reached! Many staff are practicing physical distancing and are working remotely. A contact list can be found here: https://www.sbhabitat.org/staff-contact-information/
Do you plan to re-open the ReStore?
At this time, our current focus is to sustain the mission of Habitat by building and repairing homes, and supporting homeowners and community members with meaningful mentorship and classes.
We will continue to assess the feasibility of re-opening the ReStore at a later date. The high cost of suitable retail space, coupled with the uncertainty around social distancing measures, will be big factors in that decision.
Where can I find the closest ReStore that is open?
There are many other wonderful Habitat ReStores. The closest ones would be located in San Luis Obispo and Ventura. Please check with these locations to see what their operating hours are, especially in light of COVID-19 impacts. Contact information is below:
Can I still get a tax receipt for a previous donation?
If you would like a tax receipt for a donation, please reach out to Danica Marter at email@example.com.
Are any volunteers needed to help/ How can I help?
We would love to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering! A few things have changed to ensure the health and safety for our volunteers, staff and customers as a result of COVID-19.
Volunteers are welcome to apply as long as they are in good health, under the age of 65 and will comply with all COVID-19 safety regulations. We will train all volunteers with the new safety requirements and procedures on-site before every shift. If you are interested in volunteering or if you have any questions, please contact Kurt Russell at 805-455-4919 or 805-692-2226, ext. 207 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How is your store handling health and safety issues related to COVID-19 during the sales?
During our future closing sales, we will be following and maintaining all recommendations and regulations from OSHA, federal directives from the CDC, guidance from Habitat for Humanity International and specific state or local directives and guidance.
We ask the general public to bring their own PPEs (facial coverings) and be willing to accommodate social distancing. Habitat for Humanity of Southern Santa Barbara County will be providing the following in compliance with the County of Santa Barbara Health Department:
We will limit the number of persons who can enter into the facility at any one time to ensure that persons in the facility can easily maintain a minimum six-foot distance from one another at all times.
Where lines may form at the facility, marking increments of six feet, at a minimum, establishing where individuals must stand to maintain adequate social distancing.
Providing hand sanitizer, soap and water (hand washing station) at the entrance of the facility.
Providing for safe payment by disinfecting all payment portals, keypads, pens, and styluses after each use.
Regularly cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces.
Posting a sign at the entrance of the facility informing the public that they should avoid entering the facility if they have a cough or fever; maintain six-foot distance from one another; sneeze and cough into their elbow; not to shake hands or engage in unnecessary physical contact; and any additional social distancing measures being implemented.