But during the coronavirus pandemic, the ReStore store had to cut back on operating hours, said Celeste Cox, the nonprofit's Collin County CEO. Lower sales and donations meant fewer funds for Habitat’s work. Fears of the virus also meant fewer volunteers were comfortable pitching in on projects.
The loss of resources led to a substantial reduction in output. New home builds over fiscal year 2019-20, which ended June 30, were one third lower than was budgeted at the beginning, Cox said. Repair projects for the year were cut nearly in half from early projections.
Some members of the Plano community have continued to help out in a big way, said Doug Fair, the nonprofit’s philanthropy manager.
Plano churches have remained strong financial supporters of Habitat’s work, despite taking hits to their own budgets, Fair said. The organization has also been able to count on a number of volunteers from Plano, he said.
Despite the adverse economic conditions, the group continues to make progress on new home builds, opening two in May with more on the way.
Applications are open through the end of July for families interested in having a new home built. Repair applications are accepted year-round.
The ReStore is still accepting donations and will come pick up furniture and other items for donation, if requested.
“We’re one of the only places that’s picking up right now,” Cox said.
Habitat for Humanity Plano ReStore
2060 W. Spring Creek Parkway, Ste. 402, Plano