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St. Vrain Habitat opens door to new homeowners

St. Vrain Habitat is still building despite the coronavirus pandemic and its ReStore is still open.
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Habitat for Humanity of the St. Vrain Valley announced via Twitter Monday that it has opened up new home orientations for Longmont.

St. Vrain Habitat is located in Longmont and is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International that is “dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing for low-income families in the St. Vrain Valley School District and Estes Park.”

The first step in the orientation process is viewing the general program presentation, followed by viewing a presentation specific to Longmont and on deed restrictions, according to information posted on St. Vrain Habitat’s website.

Orientation quizzes come next, followed by applications, interviews and requests for additional documentation, according to Habitat. View the full list of orientation steps here.

Orientation information also is available in Spanish by clicking here.

St. Vrain Habitat is still building despite the coronavirus pandemic and its ReStore is still open.

“St. Vrain Habitat has a culture of safety on all of our construction sites,” the nonprofit stated in a post on its website. “Typically our focus is on preventing construction-related injuries, however, with the spread of COVID-19 our culture of safety includes additional precautions for volunteer health and safety.” Those precautions include:

  • Volunteers must bring/wear their own masks and work gloves. Homemade masks or bandannas are acceptable.

  • Hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant are available at all build sites

  • Whenever possible and practical, volunteers are asked to remain 6 feet away from other individuals.

  • Hard hats and safety glasses will be cleaned daily.

  • The number of people on build sites is being limited, which makes online registration vital. Registering online also ensures Habitat can contact volunteers if a specific build day is canceled or delayed or requires more communication, according to the nonprofit.

Learn more about volunteering and sign up here.

The St. Vrain Habitat ReStore, 1351 Sherman Drive, is open for shopping from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Donations are being accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Shoppers are asked to wear face masks and maintain 6 feet of distance from other customers and staff. Credit and debit cards are preferred for payment. Customers also are asked to arrange their own loading assistance.

Donations will be accepted at staff discretion, and some donations might be turned away for safety or capacity reasons, according to St. Vrain Habitat. Lists of accepted items, items not accepted and donations policies area available on the nonprofit’s website.

As with shoppers, those making donations are asked to unload their donations and maintain a no-contact environment.

The ReStore also is accepting return volunteers on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more here.

Julie Baxter

About the Author: Julie Baxter

Julie Baxter is The Leader's' assistant editor.
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