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WomenSafe The Resale Shoppe's Response to COVID-19

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We are excited to announce that WomenSafe is now open for shopping and donations.

We will be open on a modified schedule for the time being:

Tuesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Many new policies and procedures have been added to adhere to all Ohio Health Department requirements and best practices and to ensure the safety of everyone:

  • Social distancing will be encouraged 
  • Masks will be required for both workers and customers 
  • Increased daily cleaning and sanitizing, especially on high-touch surfaces
  • A limited number of people in the store 
  • Professional cleaning and disinfecting

COVID-19 Donation Procedure

In order to ensure the safety of our volunteers and customers, we have had to adjust our donation procedures. Donations are still accepted in the back of the building, with a few adjustments. The following are our guidelines for accepting donations:

  • Due to limited space, each donor is limited to 3 boxes/bags per car.
  • Donors are asked to wear a face covering while interacting with staff or volunteers
  • Please disinfect any hard surfaces and wash clothes.
  • Place items in closed container/box.
  • Consider organizing items by category (i.e. clothes together).
  • Box/bag donations and "quarantine" them for 72 hours before bringing them to the shop

Another new process we have implemented is quarantining donations for 72 hours before any boxes or bags are even opened or sorted through. Because we have to store items for three days before we can process and put them out on the floor, we can only take a limited amount of donations per day. Once our shelves designated for that day's donations are overflowing with boxes and bags of wonderful donations, unfortunately we have to stop taking donations for that day. Due to the overwhelming and positive support from our community, that normally means we have to stop taking donations by noon.

Believe us, we do not enjoy having to turn your donations away. Before COVID-19, we were able to take in a much larger amount of donations throughout the day to, as we could sort, wipe down, price, and set it out on the floor all in the same day. This meant a better selection for our customers, more resources for survivors of domestic violence relocating into their own homes, and more money raised to support WomenSafe's free, life-saving resources. 

However, the health and safety of our staff and volunteers is essential in order for the Shoppe to remain open and operational. These protocols, while sometimes inconvenient, are in place to make sure that everybody remains well and the Shoppe continues to be a welcoming and comfortable environment.

We would like to thank our donors and customers for their patience and support during this time. YOU have made the store what it is today, a community that comes together to assist victims of domestic violence in our community.

Staff, Volunteers, Donors, Survivors, and Customers; our Resale Shoppe family is filled with so much love and support. We realize that many of you fall into multiples of these categories: both a customer and a donor, a survivor and a volunteer, a staff member and a customer, and that truly inspires us. Thank you for your understanding, your compassion, and your partnership.

  • Thank you to our Annual Event Partner Leading Lady!

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