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Every year, in every season, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Juneau helps those who need it most. Homeless families, the elderly, the disabled, low-income children, the working poor. We are Juneau’s channel of care to our brethren.
Each year, St Vincent de Paul Society of Juneau distributes over 300 Thanksgiving food baskets to those in need in Juneau, allowing them to prepare their own Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. This program is made possible by the generosity of the Juneau community, including people like you. If you would like to participate this year, items needed for the baskets include:
• Turkeys and Turkey Breasts
• Can Corn, Green Beans, Can Cranberry Sauce, Can Yams
• Gravy Mix, Chicken Broth, Can Pumpkin
• Stuffing, Instant Potatoes and Butter
Donations by cash or check are welcome anytime or click here to donate on the website!
Those in need can signup for a basket at the our offices or the Thrift Store. Call St, Vincent de Paul offices at 789-5537 ext 7 for more information.
Starting Thursday, November 15 the City and Borough of Juneau’s cold weather emergency shelter will open on nights below 32 degrees from 11 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. the following morning. The facility, located inside the former public safety building on Whittier Street, will serve as an additional shelter opportunity for up to 28 people experiencing homelessness.
The Assembly approved $75,000 to fund shelter operations. CBJ has partnered with AWARE, Glory Hall, and St. Vincent de Paul to operate the shelter. St. Vincent de Paul will provide supervisory management of the shelter, while AWARE, Glory Hall will provide two staff people on site at all times the shelter is open. Last winter the shelter was open for 70 nights and served 158 individuals for a total of 715 bed nights.
To determine what nights the shelter is open, CBJ staff will work with the National Weather Service in Juneau. Notification will include signs at the shelter site, the Glory Hall, and at St. Vincent DePaul and will be posted on the CBJ Housing Program website, CBJ’s Facebook page, Twitter and shared through word of mouth by service providers and emergency services personnel that work with persons experiencing homelessness.
The CBJ cold weather shelter will be a sleeping only facility. Community members interested in assisting the homeless or in providing food, clothing, or donations are encouraged to support the agencies that offer these services year-round. A list of these agencies can be found on the Juneau Coalition on Housing and Homelessness website.
If you or someone you know is interested in working or volunteering at the cold weather emergency shelter, please contact either St. Vincent DePaul at email@example.com, Glory Hole at firstname.lastname@example.org or AWARE at email@example.com.
For more information, contact CBJ Chief Housing Office Scott Ciambor at 586-0220 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As all the new donations get sorted, priced and moved the sales floor, we will have promotions and sales to make room for more. Currently all clothing items with yellow, blue and pink tags are 50% off!
To make room for more Christmas items, we need to move all the fall items. Both these sales are only good through Friday.
Check back here, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for notifications of sales, as we need to reduce the inventory, to make room for the donations that the volunteer work crews are sorting and pricing. But don’t wait for a sale! EVERY ITEM in a thrift store is a ONE-OF-A-KIND item, and won’t be there long!
This Saturday, November 17th, we will unveil our famous Christmas store! No need to buy new holiday stuff you will only use for a month – we have items that were only used for one or two seasons (probably donated by you!) – for a fraction of the cost. Before you order a bunch of things on Black Friday, come and see what we already have in stock, right here in your home town.
And to commemorate the grand opening of our Christmas store, will have a grand opening party on Saturday from noon to 5:00 pm! We will be serving:
And, (don’t remind the store staff) we will be starting to play endless Christmas music from now through the end of the year (unless we can find some catchy Advent music…).
We have heard your requests, and we are continuing the armed forces, veterans and emergency responder discount program for entire month of November.
If you have not visited us at our new location (or have never visited us), now is the time! We have fresh new inventory from an over abundance of donations (please consider volunteering a night to help sort and price), and the store is full of marvelous, slightly-used clothes, household items, electronics and other treasures.
St. Vincent de Paul would like to thank the countless volunteers who have contributed to our organization with their most valuable possession, their time. From volunteering at the Thrift Store to delivering Thanksgiving food baskets and everything in between, they have tirelessly been there when needed. Just as important are the people who have contributed their treasure and their talent. Without those donations, St. Vincent de Paul would not be able to function. Today, we are in a unique situation. One of our major sources of funding, the Thrift Store, was moved, making way for 7 new low-income apartments. The store was moved into an adjacent space with much less room. The reduction in the store size resulted in less products to sell and subsequently less income to distribute directly to those in need or to assistance programs. You can contribute to SVDP Programs by clicking on the button above. It is our goal to build a new, larger Thrift Store on land that we have already obtained. This store will continue to use its proceeds to help the poor and needy for years to come. We are asking that you will become a part of this endeavor. Please prayerfully consider a gift to St. Vincent de Paul. All information provided, including your email address, is strictly confidential and will only be used internally for SVDP purposes.
The Society is organized under a simple principle called The Rule. The essence of The Rule is that members look to their local community and reach out to its poor. Members are directed to open their eyes and hearts to suffering, identify the causes and work diligently to permanently remove those causes.
Thrift Store sales and community donations are combined with resident’s donations to support the Homeless and Transitional Housing Food Pantry. Here, the SVdP community can access food, including meat, fish and fresh fruits and vegetables for a fraction of the grocery store price. This resource helps every household in the shelter stretch their income to meet the nutritional needs of their family. Every month, SVdP budgets funds to purchase food vouchers (grocery gift certificates) for non-residents who come to us in need. In addition to the monthly distribution, during the “Project Homeless Connect” community event, SVdP distributes $2,500 in food vouchers to those who are homeless in Juneau.
For more than 30 years at St. Vincent de Paul, “no one leaves hungry.”
Supported primarily from the Walk for the Poor and holiday season donations, over 500 Thanksgiving Dinner baskets—frozen turkeys with all the fixings, including pumpkin pie—are distributed to needy families. Most families are sponsored by one or more service organizations or agencies. Long-time donors and volunteers make this happen with the support of SVdP staff.
Every Christmas, SVdP connects donors with local families that cannot afford even the most modest Christmas for their children. Volunteers and staff coordinate the applications from families and donors shop for specific children by age and gender with information on clothing and shoe size and that “something special” wished for. In 2014, more than 200 children benefitted from this program.
In addition, to food, holiday programs, and more than $100,000 in rent subsidies, SVdP expended over $97,000 last year to help local folks with utility bills, medical expenses, eviction prevention and other “bumps in the road”. We are one of the few places a person who is not a regular “case-managed” client of a social service agency can go to ask for temporary assistance. At the same time, we work closely with all our colleagues in the Juneau Coalition on Housing and Homelessness to help the members of our common family. We do not amass large sums in operating reserves. If we have it, it is available to help others. That is what we do.
Housing and Homelessness
Juneau has always had difficulty delivering decent affordable housing to low-income citizens. Today, Juneau is Alaska’s most homeless city on a per-capita basis. We have 1.5 times the rate of Anchorage and 3 times that of Fairbanks. In fact, Juneau ranks as one of America’s most homeless communities, with a per capita rate also three times that of Los Angeles County.
Over twenty years, SVdP has developed, built and currently manages 125 apartments for low-income households of all types. These are located in six buildings in Downtown, Douglas and the Valley.
In all cases, the tenants of these apartments pay some level of rent. Many are working and self-pay the full rent-controlled rate. The Homeless and Transitional Housing is helped by the Thrift Store and donations. SVdP and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also help support many of the other households through our rental assistance programs.
“Whatsoever you do for these, the least of my brethren, you do for me.”