Brookings Habitat reorganizes

BAHFH photo: From left are Jake McGlade, Randy Grimsley and Josh Reynhout.

BROOKINGS – As a result of the board of directors’ strategic planning session, Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity is reorganizing and expanding its staff to increase its impact. 

Jake McGlade, who has been serving as half­-time volunteer coordinator and half-time office assistant, will take on the full-time role of volunteer coordinator. 

BAHFH is currently in the process of hiring a part-time office assistant.

Randy Grimsley and Josh Reynhout have both been promoted. 

Grimsley, who has been serving as manager of the ReStore since August 2017, will assume the new role of resource development director. 

Reynhout, who has been at the ReStore since September 2016, will take on the role of ReStore operations manager. An additional ReStore Associate will be hired in the fall. 

“Our strategic planning session helped us see that our challenges are either too few people or too little money. We would like to build an additional house each year and expand our home repairs program, but we reached the limit of our volunteer capacity. We continue to be financially healthy; there are other things we would like to do that would expand our impact, but our finances constrain us,” BAHFH said in its quarerly newsletter.

“Having a full-time person dedicated to recruiting and supporting  volunteers and a full-time person dedicated to increasing financial resources will lead to a greater impact and more families served,” BAHFH said.

BAHFH makes operational changes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brookings Area Habitat For Humanity has had to make several changes to the way work sites operate, in order to keep volunteers and the community safe during this time.

• Eight volunteers per job site

• Volunteers required to wear a face covering while at job site

• No sharing of personal tools

• No ride sharing unless you share living space

• BAHFH will provide PPE if volunteers do not provide themselves

• Daily reporting and checking for coronavirus symptoms

• Volunteers are divided into small groups that stay together for duration of the build

• Limited entry to tool trailer to one at a time

• Single operator assigned to common use tools, such as circular saws, etc.

• Hand washing and sanitizer stations provided

• Volunteers will bring their own food and water


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