Dear HFOT Family,
To enhance our operational capability we started the return of our employees to the headquarters building with 25% returning on June 22d, allowing us to maintain social distancing and other safety requirements. We will progress cautiously as conditions allow. As we begin re-opening, our first priority remains the health and wellness of our Veterans and employees, and our concern for our supporters and volunteers.
Office phones are forwarded to employees working remotely, and we are maintaining our secure electronic communications capability. If you have difficulty contacting us by phone, please send an email to: [email protected].
We are closely monitoring construction around the country to identify any slowdowns, and consistently checking with corporate sponsors for any supply chain issues. Currently, all construction projects are progressing, albeit with some slowdown to comply with local conditions and restrictions, and GCs are sequencing sub-contractors to maintain social distancing. We have taken a number of steps to reduce expenses until we have a better understanding of the impact of the economic situation on revenue, and are taking other actions to mitigate an anticipated reduction in revenue for the near future. Engineering and plans continue to move forward to ensure our projects are ready for execution once we begin operating at full capacity again.
We have now conducted two low attendance virtual key ceremonies: for Army SGT Daniel Casara and his wife Basia in California, on May 16, and for Army SGT Mario Lopez and his family in Texas, on June 5, bringing our home total to 295. We are monitoring each state’s guidelines and tailoring upcoming events in accordance with local regulations, and have scheduled three key ceremonies in Texas and Florida for July, with attendance dictated by the local conditions. To maintain the safety of our Veterans, supporters, and staff, we are determining the final attendance restrictions for build events three days before the event (Wednesdays for Saturday events). Currently, all events have reduced attendance, and some may be completely virtual with a zoom notice for those interested in participating. Changes will be posted to the Veteran’s page on our website.
We continue to work with our dedicated fund raisers to adapt or postpone planned events, and develop innovative approaches such as our Virtual Marathon. We encourage you to contact us with ideas to fund raise at [email protected].
We are in steady contact with our Veterans to provide assistance as necessary. Many have commented on how good it is to have a safe and accessible home in which to self-quarantine during this challenging period. Our focus remains to get our Veterans and their families into their specially adapted custom homes as soon as we can.
Thank you for your loyal support as we work together to remain steadfast in our mission, while prioritizing the health and safety of our HFOT family and supporters. We are pursuing our critical mission to build specially adapted homes, and assist our Veterans and their Families to rebuild their lives. Thank you for your continued efforts to assist these great Americans. We wish you the very best and good health in these trying times.