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Habitat ReStore to open June 8

ALPENA — The Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan ReStore will reopen on Monday, June 8, at 2118 Werth Road in Alpena, with health and safety protocols in place.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donation drop-offs are accepted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Habitat for Humanity requests that all shoppers follow the safety precautions listed below and recommended by the Center for Disease Control so that the ReStore can continue to serve Northeast Michigan while keeping customers and staff safe.

¯ Do not enter if you are experiencing or have recently experienced flu-like symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

¯ Only five customers will be allowed inside the ReStore at a time.

¯ All customers must adhere to physical distancing of at least six feet.

¯ Refrain from sitting on furniture.

¯ Use hand sanitizer provided at stations throughout the ReStore.

¯ Everyone is expected to wear a facemask within the ReStore.

¯ Credit and debit cards only — no cash transactions.

¯ All loading and unloading of purchases and donations will be self-service.

¯ No returns are being accepted at this time.

The ReStore staff is excited to welcome everyone back.

“At the Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan ReStore, our priority is the health and safety of our customers, donors, volunteers, and staff. In response to COVID-19, our team will continue to adhere to the recommendations of the CDC, state, and local authorities to ensure we are protecting our community while providing services that have been deemed essential,” Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan Executive Director Ted Fines stated in a press release.

“Although a shelter-in-place order is currently shuttering many local businesses, essential services are called upon to continue operations. This includes hardware stores, waste removal, and the construction of affordable housing. Therefore, our Habitat ReStore has made the decision to reopen on a limited basis, with heightened precautions to protect our staff and community,” Fines continued in the release. “The ReStore offers hardware and building materials critical for urgent home repairs, as well as a sustainable waste removal option for residents. The ReStore also provides vital funding for our Habitat for Humanity affiliate, which builds affordable housing.”

Donations policy

The ReStore has resumed drop-off donations in a limited capacity. Items the ReStore is temporarily unable to accept are listed below. Donations are accepted or declined at the discretion of the ReStore staff.

In addition to its usual donation criteria, the ReStore must temporarily decline used items made with cloth or fabric.

¯ No used cloth or fabric couches, loveseats, futons, sleeper sofas, chairs, ottomans, household items, home decor, curtains, cushions, bed frames, office chairs, patio umbrellas, carpet rolls, carpet padding or carpet squares.

¯ Items deemed as hazardous to staff, volunteers, and/or customers cannot be accepted. These items can include, but are not limited to, broken or chipped ceramics, dishes, or tiles, food and drink, frayed or exposed electrical wires, opened chemicals, and unframed glass and mirrors.

¯ Items in poor condition cannot be accepted. Poor condition refers to signs of wear-and-tear including but not limited to rips, tears, stains, rot or rust, and smells.

¯ Unless the item is vintage, antique, or serves a noticeable repurposing function, it must be in working condition to be accepted.

¯ If assembly of the item is required, it must have all hardware and instructions necessary for assembly to be accepted.

To donate items, or if you have a question about a donation, please call 989-354-5555.

Purchase pick-up policy

All items purchased prior to the ReStore’s temporary closure will be available for pick-up if they were purchased at the ReStore. There will be no time limit during the Shelter in Place mandate for purchased item pick-ups.

Once Shelter in Place has been lifted and the ReStore reopens at full capacity, staff will notify all those who have purchased items. Starting at that date, there will be a seven-day pick-up window, after which items will become available to other shoppers.

“Thank you for your patience and understanding during this crisis,” Fines added in the release. “We greatly appreciate the support we have received during these temporary closures.”

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