St. Vincent de Paul Juneau – We provide material and spiritual charity and work for social justice for all people.

At St. Vincent Store

Well, Yes, This is an Odd Sale…

We ran this sale few months ago and it actually went pretty well, and our guests who took advantage of it got some great deals!

FIRST, what the heck is the sale?  Unlike the traditional “buy one, get one” (commonly called a BOGO) sale, where you buy one of something and get a second one at a discount price, this sale requires that the second item NOT be the same.  As a matter-a-fact, it can’t even be from the same department in the St.Vincent Store (and yes, we have departments, like real stores, and even if you do not know what they are, the staff does).  Now, when you check out, the store staff will automatically match up your items to get you benefit of this sale.  However, if they cannot match everything (or you have just one item), they will let you know and suggest how to get the benefit of the sale (and how much you can spend on your second item from another department).

SECOND, why the darn (remember we are a Christian organization, and this is the strongest language I can get away with) do we run this sale?  Well, I think the first reason may be obvious – we want our guests to visit other departments in the store.  Studies,  and our own observations of your shopping patterns (and yes, we watch and talk to you to get business intelligence (BI) data to run the store), tell us that most guests visit the same departments on each visit.  However, the second reason may surprise you.  A couple of months ago, we completed our Guest Service training (organization-wide – see below), and I was encouraging the =store staff to interact more with guests.  And this sale is definitely confusing and requires the staff to explain it the guests, and often show them to the other departments in the store.  How perfect is that!  Even better, I didn’t tell the staff about this second purpose until after the sale.  However, by the end of the sale, they all had figured it out.

A Few Other Overstock Sales Also…

St. Vincent Halloween Store Now Open!

We get Halloween donations all year, and dutifully save them for NOW.  Come in and see what we have been accumulating for your shopping pleasure!

 

 

 

Tag Sales

If you are not sure how our tag sales work, you can check out my explanation here. All items in the store with yellow tags (meaning they have been on the racks for at least two months) are 75% off, and all  items with pink tag are 50% (meaning they have been on the racks for at least one month) are 50%.  Pink tagged times are priced as marked,  or according to the price charts around the store, as they have just come in from donations in the last month.

There is Always a Sale at St. Vincent Store

Everywhere you look in the St. Vincent Store you will something on sale right now .  Don’t miss out!  If you have not visited yet, this is a great time to come and see what all the talk is about.  When you head-out shopping, stop by us first to see if you have what you are looking for – at a fraction of the price!  And your purchases go back to your community, as we use proceeds from the store to provide monetary assistance, food, clothing, housing, and services to people in need in Juneau.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Saturday (and Sometimes During the Week)

Every Saturday we have free fresh-popped (in coconut oil like the movie theaters) popcorn and lemonade!  Bring the whole family.

 

 

 

 

Guest Service Guiding Principles

We completed our initial training to meet our new Guest Service Guiding Principles.  You can help us by letting us know how we are doing.  Both positive and not-so positive feedback will be appreciated.  Send comments to info@stvincentstore.org.

 

 

 

 

 

As part of our new Guest Service program you will find comment and suggestion cards on the front of store display case.  We would love to hear from you.  Of course, you can also email your comments and suggestions to me at info@stvincentstore.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are a Founder and a Proud Member of the Juneau Resale Association

Did you know that there are eleven resellers of second-hand merchandise in Juneau with physical stores (our criteria for membership)?  I didn’t either.  They include:Mommy-N-Me, Second Wind Sports, The Rose Aube Bay, The Amazing Book Store (Friends of the Library), Alaskan Dames and Downtown Dames, Tot 2 Teen, Nana’s Attic, Urban Eskimo, Salvation Army and us.  See our webpage at juneauresale.org.

CBJ Cold Weather Emergency Shelter

Now Accepting Applications for Shelter Staff

Cold Weather Emergency Shelter Staff

Job Summary

Staff members work generally from 10:30 pm to 6:30 am on nights the CBJ Cold Weather Emergency Shelter is open – generally when night temperatures are predicted (at 3:00 pm on the prior day according to NOAA website) to be below 32°).  Two staff members operate the shelter, located this year at SVdP’s facility on Teal Street in its Community Center (was the thrift store annex).  One staff member will periodically drive a shuttle on a route through downtown, Lemon Creek, and Mendenhall Valley starting when CBJ Transit buses stop operating until 2:00 am, and then starting in the morning, until the buses start again.  Staff members will check-in shelter guests, assist with AKHMIS documentation, provide bedding and other needs for sleeping, assist in waking guests in morning and arranging their transportation out of the shelter.

Download full job description here.

Download a Word version of our Employment Application (that you can fill out on your computer and print) here.

Download a PDF version of our Employment Application (that you print and fill out by hand) here.

Download a Word version of our Employment Application (that you can fill out on your computer and print) here.

If you are interested in these positions, email bradleysvdp@gmail.com.

Don’t Miss our Shelter Staff Job Fair on Tuesday, October 22nd Noon to 1:00

Come to the St. Vincent de Paul Community Center for lunch and a presentation on the ten available part-time (up-to 29 hours/week) seasonal (November to April) staff positions.

 

 

 

 

 

History of the CBJ Cold Weather Emergency Shelter

  • The shelter operates from 11:30 pm to 6:30 am from November 15 to April 15 when night-time temperatures are predicted to be below freezing
  • Established in the winter of 2017/18 by the CBJ and operated by The Glory Hall, AWARE and JYS
  • For the winter of 2018/19 CBJ awarded the contract to The Glory Hall, AWARE (staffing) and SVdP (management) and SVdP manages the shelter through one of its Community Navigators, who ran the shelter in the 2017 / 2018

 

 

2019 /2020 CBJ Cold Weather Emergency Shelter

  • For 2019 / 2020 shelter, CBJ looked for a new building downtown, as the Public Safety Building (prior location) had been demolished
  • CBJ issue a request for bid, which included providing a facility
  • SVdP prepared a bid which included the use of its Community Center (at night), which was previously the thrift store annex
  • SVdP also included plans to operate a shuttle service when CBJ transit is not operating its bus service.

 

New Location in the St. Vincent de Paul Community Center

Click here for information about the St. Vincent de Paul Community Center.  It is located in the same facility as Dan Austin Transitional Support Services Center, which houses the SVdP Community Navigators, Home Visit Team, and CBJ CCF/ C.A.R.E.S. Program Sobering Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SVdP shelter staff will operate a shuttle when CBJ Transit bus service is not operating, which plans to have two stops downtown, one stop in Lemon Creek and one additional stop in Mendenhall Valley.

Job Opportunities

Employment

We won’t end poverty with Aid.  We will end poverty through opportunity. Opportunity comes first and foremost with a chance at a satisfying livable wage job.  Even more important than our assistance programs is the fact that our organization now employs around eighteen full and part-time staff at competitive wages and good benefits.  These are meaningful jobs that not only require a high level of professional and ethical commitment, but a personal engagement and acknowledgement of serving a higher purpose.  Most of our staff remain with us for many years and a good number came to us as recipients of our assistance or through referral by other service agencies.  We are extremely proud of the folks on the St. Vincent team.  We ask a great deal of them and are grateful for theeffort they give each and every day.  If you are interested in employment, email bradleysvdp@gmail.com.  If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, visit our volunteerpage.

Download a Word version of our Employment Application (that you can fill out on your computer and print) here.

Download a PDF version of our Employment Application (that you print and fill out by hand) here.

Current Openings

Cold Weather Emergency Shelter Staff

Job Summary

Staff members work generally from 10:30 pm to 6:30 am on nights the CBJ Cold Weather Emergency Shelter is open – generally when night temperatures are predicted (at 3:00 pm on the prior day according to NOAA website) to be below 32°).  Two staff members operate the shelter, located this year at SVdP’s facility on Teal Street in its Community Center (was the thrift store annex).  One staff member will periodically drive a shuttle on a route through downtown, Lemon Creek, and Mendenhall Valley starting when CBJ Transit buses stop operating until 2:00 am, and then starting in the morning, until the buses start again.  Staff members will check-in shelter guests, assist with AKHMIS documentation, provide bedding and other needs for sleeping, assist in waking guests in morning and arranging their transportation out of the shelter.

Download full job description here.

Don’t Miss our Shelter Staff Job Fair on Tuesday, October 22nd Noon to 1:00

Come to the St. Vincent de Paul Community Center for lunch and a presentation on the ten available part-time (up-to 29 hours/week) seasonal (November to April) staff positions.

 

 

 

 

 

Maintenance Manager

Job Summary

  • The Maintenance Manager will oversee all housing maintenance programs for five properties (7-32 units per property) at scattered sites in Juneau, Douglas and Mendenhall Valley.
  • The Maintenance Manager will ensure that all operations are conducted in a respectful and responsible way, ensuring that all decisions and actions comply with the organization’s established standards and any applicable laws.
  • The Maintenance Manager is responsible for the repair and maintenance of buildings owned and managed by SVdP.
  • The Maintenance Manager must supervise and lead maintenance staff in an effective manner and ensure the level of morale is maintained.
  • The Maintenance Manager must also respond to concerns and complaints of tenants in a positive and courteous manner.

Download full job description here.

St. Vincent Store Staff Member

Job Summary

  • The St. Vincent Store Staff member assists in the daily operations of the St. Vincent Store, including store appearance and displays, customer assistance, taking, sorting, pricing and stocking donations, serving and leading volunteer staff and events, and organization of store operations.
  • The Staff member reports directly to the Store Manager.

Download fill job description here.

The St. Vincent Store is Open 10-6 Monday - Saturday (907)789-5141
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Juneau Programs

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.

Food

St. Vincent Store sales and community donations are combined with resident’s donations to support the Dan Austin Transitional Support Services Center (TSSC)  Food Pantry. Here, the residents of St. Vincent’s Transitional Housing Shelter , the homeless and those in need  can get food. This resource helps every household in the shelter stretch their income to meet the nutritional needs of their family. When possible, SVdP budgets funds to purchase food vouchers (grocery gift certificates) for non-residents who come to us in need. In addition, during the “Project Homeless Connect” community event, SVdP distributes an addtional $2,500 in food vouchers to those who are homeless in Juneau.

For more than 30 years at St. Vincent de Paul strives to “no one leaves hungry.”

Holiday Programs

Supported primarily from the Walk for the Poor and holiday season donations, over 200 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 in its Adopt-a-Family program 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 2018, more than 200 children benefitted from this program.

Other Aid

In addition, to food, holiday programs, SVdP helps local folks with utility bills, medical expenses, eviction prevention and other “bumps in the road” through its aid programs, including its Home Visit Team. 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.

Myrna Brown and Anthony

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.”

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