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Home Resources Donation Center open with social distancing protocols

Posted at 7:13 PM, Jun 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-13 21:16:50-04

Some Missoulians spent their time in quarantine remodeling their homes so now they have home supplies to donate, and need new materials.

With Missoulians back out shopping some are hoping to update their homes. One place to shop is Home Resource, a non-profit building material donation center.

"We've built a chicken coop and a greenhouse using lots of recycled material from here," said shopper Maggie Blake. "We love it here!"

It was closed for about three weeks at the start of the pandemic.

"It's really thrown a wrench into pretty much every way we operate," Assistant Manager Ben Seratt said.

Now they have added a hand washing station and are enforcing social distancing. Everyone is required to wear a mask, and they're only letting 20 people in the store at a time.

People say there are lots of treasures, from window panes to ski poles. But not every shopper is happy about the requirements.

"My team was just getting insulted daily," Seratt told MTN News.

They have been getting negative feedback about the mask requirement, so they put up an insult board demonstrating some of it.

"We just needed to do something to say 'Hey, we hear your frustrations, but we still need to so this for the benefit of everybody.'"

But he said most of the customers feel safe shopping.

"I'm just really grateful to see everybody coming in. I'm so thankful for everybody that's being safe and understanding. I just want to express that appreciation to our community."

Home Resources is open everyday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Russell St.