BRANTFORD – A generator and tools needed by Habitat for Humanity Brant-Norfolk to build homes have been stolen from a construction trailer promoting the charity to send an urgent plea for donations this weekend.
The value of the theft is not yet known. The Build Services Director, Joe Scrocco, is in the process of comparing a pre-shutdown inventory, with new equipment and materials needed to reactivate build projects after the province recently announced they could resume.
Like most charities across the country, Habitat Brant-Norfolk has been hard hit by the pandemic, with revenue streams cut off due to the closing of ReStores and the cancellation of fundraising events.
CEO of Habitat Brant-Norfolk, Dan Brooks says it’s appalling and frustrating the charity not only had to shut down for more than two months but now has to deal with replacing the tools lost by theft.
“We’ve been doing everything we can to serve, beyond trying to keep people safe, while still moving forward behind the scenes to get ready to build again, with less staff, less money, less time and more demands on our service because people desperately need safe shelter and a home they can afford to live in.”Dan Brooks, Habitat Brant-Norfolk
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Habitat Brant-Norfolk closed ReStores, and build activity was put on hold. Recently, the provincial government gave Habitat for Humanity ReStores the green light to reopen the doors to the public under new health and safety protocols. Both Simcoe and Brantford ReStores are now open to shoppers and accepting pre-approved, scheduled donations. But a significant portion of funds for the charity is through proceeds from their ReStores, which lost revenue over the past months.
“Our local community has always been very generous and responsive to the needs of vulnerable people in our community,” says Brooks. “We’re hopeful we can recover quickly to get back on the building site safely and help another local family build a better future for themselves.”
A total of nine local families are currently waiting for their home build this year. Anyone willing to make a donation or help with a build is asked to call 519-759-8600 x527, email [email protected] or visit www.habitatbn.org.