As the Summer moves towards Fall we at Project Mercy are moving ahead with our plans for a special Fall event on October 24, 2020. The event is being planned with great care and attention to social distancing and with individual safety protocols in mind; we are setting the stage for a special build of housing components for shipment to Mexico. The event will take place on a three acre outdoor site in Chula Vista.
A list of Protocols was developed and approved by a Scripps Health Official. We will adhere to these guidelines and mandates to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
Due to rising costs the price of one house is now $6000, and a latrine $1000. Project Mercy is aware we cannot make plans set in stone at this time, but we hope that the attached list of Safety Protocols will encourage you to make plans for a group build.
There are many families awaiting our return to building homes, and we can make the difference in their lives. Join us and let’s build homes in a safe and responsible manner in this time of need.
Social Distancing and Safety Protocols
The outdoor site where we will be working on is a total of three acres and is large enough to support safe distancing both between and within groups. The individual sites, measuring 100 ft x 100 ft, will be marked off. Each individual site will be separated from others by at least 40 ft. Please see the attached site plan as an example of how the area will be divided and all materials positioned within same.
Project Mercy will collect a waiver from each volunteer entering the site. The waiver is mandatory in order to be at the event, even if only as a spectator.
For everyone’s safety and reassurance, we will be conducting temperature checks upon arrival at the same time as you hand in the waivers. This is a very short process and we have multiple temperature gages. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees F or more will be prohibited from participation or entry onto premises.
Lumber and Paint
All of the lumber and materials needed to support the build will be pre-positioned within each group’s designated area.
Project Mercy Leadership
Please advise us at time of confirmation if you need skilled leaders for the build. There will be additional skilled volunteers available to support groups as needed. No-one will enter a group’s designated area unless specifically authorized by your group. They will wear face masks any time they are within a designated area.
Face masks are required at all times except when eating and drinking or in a personal vehicle. We ask that each group bring their own masks and gloves as required, but there will be a small supply of these on-site also.
We request that each group bring their own sanitization items, but there will be additional hand sanitizer available on site as needed. All common areas, tools, and equipment will be sanitized prior to and during the event.
You need to bring your own hand and power tools. We will only have a very limited number of extra tools and equipment on site. Please let us know well ahead of the event if you would like your lumber pre-cut.
Food and Beverages
To maintain safe distancing and avoid common touch points, Project Mercy asks that you provide your own water, lunch, and snacks.
Flush port-a-potties with hand washing stations will be on the build site.
There will be a garbage disposal bin on site for you to discard all trash. Please clean up after your build.
It is incumbent upon each volunteer and group leader to take personal responsibility and not come to the event if they feel sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19. On the day of the event, you should not come (and should self-isolate at home until given direction otherwise from your healthcare provider) if you have any of the following signs or symptoms:
- You feel feverish or measure a temperature of 100 degrees F or higher
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of smell or taste
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you have any of these signs or symptoms, do not come to the event and we urge you to seek medical attention. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees F or more, will be denied participation in the event or entry onto the premises.