Habitat for Humanity builds on its strengths

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Habitat’s ReStore home improvement centers divert usable materials from local landfills but also serve as a job development training site and engages volunteers in rewarding work. Valley News/Courtesy photo
The coronavirus created novel challenges to many businesses, families and nonprofits and Habitat for Humanity’s Inland Valley affiliate was affected in all three areas when it had to temporarily pause its cause of building homes for needy families in the Temecula Valley. Executive Director Tammy Marine said, “The pandemic forced us to halt our strong volunteer program temporarily. We had to change our protocols and the way in which we conducted business.” Local businesses who donated supplies and volunteers were busy just trying to keep their own doors open. “Donations were challenged because people typically pull back from their philanthropy in challenging times,” Marine said. “However, we were fortunate that our construction programs and our ReStores were classified
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