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Youth in program are not allowed to participate in extracurricular activities due to COVID-19.

COURTESY PHOTO - The Heart of Oregon Thrift Store will remain closed through December due to COVID-19.The Heart of Oregon Thrift Store in Madras has made the difficult decision to remain closed through the end of the year, the organization announced today. In addition to a public business, the store serves as a job-skills training program for young people with disabilities. The youth, who are all students in Jefferson County schools, are not allowed to participate in the program under current COVID-19 restrictions, which prohibits extracurricular activities.

Earlier this summer, Heart of Oregon established a reopening matrix that governs decisions about each of its six programs.

"Given that Jefferson County is currently experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases, it didn't feel socially responsible to expose our staff and community to increased risk by opening the store, even without our youth present," siad store manager Linda Graham.

"As much as we miss our customers," she continued, "we have decided to wait until the school districts can safely reopen and we are able to welcome our youth back and fulfill the mission of the Thrift Store program."

"Heart of Oregon Corps would like to thank all of the Thrift Store's loyal customers and donors. We hope to see you soon!" said a press release from the organization.

The store is not currently accepting donations. For more information, call Graham at 541-475-7559 or visit heartoforegon.org.


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