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Raleigh Convergence is tracking down the answers to your questions. We'll share some of them here!

You asked: When will donation centers like Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill be open to take donations?

Raleigh Convergence: Different organizations are setting their own timelines for accepting donations from neighbors. 

So if you're doing some spring cleaning while you're at home, here's how you can donate now or prepare donations.

Goodwill is now accepting donations for dropoff and its retail centers are open.

You can
find locations here, including a few in Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Morrisville, Knightdale, Holly Springs and Wake Forest. 

Habitat ReStore plans to release a staggered re-opening plan this week for donations. Online shopping is available.

The Green Chair Project, which helps people transitioning from homelessness, crisis or disaster furnish their homes, isn't yet accepting furniture donations from people's homes again yet, but you can prep items now:

If it's a small item, complete this checklist and pack up all items in a sealed container. Tape it shut or use a container with a lid. For larger items that would require a pickup service, email to be notified when pickups resume.

A Note in the Pocket will update their website when donations of clothing will start again.
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Here’s what’s happening now:

Six nursing homes in Wake County have COVID-19 outbreaks, including two new facilities named by the county. Those facilities are Brookdale North Raleigh and Brookdale Wake Forest.

Nursing homes are a particular concern because older adults are a smaller percentage of total cases yet contribute to the majority of COVID-19-related deaths.

➡️ What to know about COVID-19 in Wake County

➡️ How to help

➡️ ZIP code data

What else to know:

🏥 Records show gaps in hospitals' voluntary reporting on COVID-19 hospitalizations [Carolina Public Press]

🌇 Raleigh is named one of the best cities positioned to recover from the coronavirus. [Forbes]

🏕️ Some summer camps may go on. What about refunds? [WRAL]

📈 Lots of projections about the future for North Carolina + locally. [INDY Week]
Esteamed Coffee in Downtown Cary will be a place for different abilities

If you've walked around Downtown Cary recently, you may have noticed a sign up on Academy Street announcing a new coffee shop, Esteamed Coffee.

While the 501(c)(3) nonprofit coffee shop won't open up until early November, you'll likely see work starting there soon. Raleigh Convergence asked the cofounders about the project.

Raleigh Convergence: Tell us about the concept of the business. What will you offer? How will you be working with people with different abilities?

Esteamed Coffee, Inc. is a nonprofit business whose mission is to integrate employees with various disabilities and our community at large in such a way that the lives of all are enriched through their fellowship in a warm, welcoming environment. 

We will specifically be hiring individuals with visual impairments, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and/or communication deficits due to stroke. 

For those employees with communication deficits who are receiving ongoing speech-language therapy elsewhere, we will integrate their therapy goals into their workplace environment -- an approach called the Life Participation Approach to therapy. 

We will be serving hot and cold beverages (coffee, teas, smoothies, and other cold specialty drinks), baked goods (both regular and gluten free), as well as selling art work and gift items made by individuals with disabilities in our community. 

RC: Share more about who's behind the project.

Angie Hudson and Tamara Lapsley are the cofounders of Esteamed Coffee, Inc,. and have known each other for over 24 years. Angie developed a visual disability while in college at UNC-Chapel Hill which has impacted her life ever since, so she understands what it is like to have difficulty finding a job due to a disability. 

Tamara Lapsley also graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 35 years. She has a passion for working with adults and children who have communication deficits. [read more]

Boulted Bread is one of Food & Wine's 100 Best Bakeries in America: "One of the coolest things about one of the most happening bakeries in the country happens mostly behind the scenes," talking about their on-site stone mill and heirloom grains. [read]

You can buy a curbside concert from The Pour House Music Hall & Record Shop. [learn more]

What to know before you plan your beach trip. [News & Observer]
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