Dear Habitat Family,
In this time of uncertainty, I am especially grateful for the strong community we have built at the Texas Habitats.
Times of disaster are even harder in the social service sector as we are called on to serve those who have been hit hardest, even as we worry about our own families, friends, volunteers, and staff, so allow me to remind you of a few things….
One, take care of yourself, even if it’s just a few minutes a day. We will be tweeting simple messages in the mornings to remind you that your care is important.
Two, follow and promote best practices on social distancing and other public health measures. Use social media to post positive messages and share helpful resources. Lead by example.
Then, provide support to family, friends and colleagues. This may simply entail reaching out by email or phone to say hello and ask how they are doing.
We will be hosting some phone calls to allow you to talk about best practices in dealing with this over the next few weeks. Please sign up for the calls, and so we can send you any resources generated through the calls.
- March 20, 2020 – COVID-19 and ReStores– How are different affiliates handling this? Are their legal issues about staying open or closed?
- March 23, 2020 – COVID-19 and Mortgages – Should we pause on collecting payments? How do we handle privacy while working from home?
- Coming soon – calls on events (cancelling or postponing) and fundraising.
Lastly, I want to say, now, more than ever, it’s critical for Habitat affiliate staff and volunteers to come together as a community. In this difficult time, we must support one another in our shared mission.
That brings me to the 2020 Lone Star Summit. We all hope to have some clarity about what will happen in the next few weeks. And, after this, we will surely be ready to spend some time with one another, so plan to come. Rest assured that your safety is our biggest concern. If needed, we will postpone the Lone Star Summit, and we will waive the cancellation fee due to any health concerns or quarantines related to COVID-19.
So, register with confidence. To make that easier, we will extend the early bird registration for two additional weeks.
We are committed to you, and we have so much to talk about.
Thank you, my friends, for all your work throughout our communities. We owe you a debt of gratitude.
With warmest regards,
Amy Ledbetter Parham
Habitat for Humanity Texas