After temporarily closing in March, Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk has reopened its ReStore outlet in Ronkonkoma.
The operation had shifted to an online shopping model with curbside pickup during the state’s COVID-19 shutdowns, but ReStore is now open again after implementing safety protocols such as mask requirements, social distancing, limited occupancy, and cashless payments to ensure customer and staff safety, while continuing to offer the option of home shopping and curbside pickup.
ReStore, a retail outlet open to the public to shop for donated new and slightly used building materials, is run by a small staff and many dedicated volunteers that help organize inventory, unload and organize donations, and prepare merchandise for the sales floor. All proceeds directly support the organization and cover the administrative costs of Habitat Suffolk.
“Being able to keep our administrative staff working remotely on critical projects, re-opening ReStore and finally having our construction team back building homes is crucial to continuing our mission,” Lee Silberman, CEO & executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk, said in a written statement.