We had a lot shoes in the back, but now they mostly out on the floor. Come in and check out our great selection.
Bring the whole family! Something for all the little ones.
This includes, of course, pants, underwear, shorts, swimwear, etc. But also includes all toys with two legs, etc.
For his Eagle Scout Project, Alex Wehe built us this really nifty bike rack. Great time for a ride to the St. Vincent Store and try it out.
If you are not sure how our tag sales work, you can check out my explanation here. All items in the store with pink tags (meaning they have been on the racks for at least two months) are 75% off, and all items with blue tag are 50% (meaning they have been on the racks for at least one month) are 50%. Yellow 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.
You would be surprised how much (I know I was) wedding stuff we receive in donations at the St. Vincent Store, including beautifule wedding dresses. If you are June bride on a budget, we are you wedding planning headquarters.
It can! Local photographer, Jennifer Vashun, borrowed this wedding dress from our collection for these amazing pictures. It and others are available in the St. Vincent Bridal Boutique!
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 (unless we having a Van Stop by Juneau Radio Center and our Radio Spokesperson Angel Montgomery – then we also server fee hotdogs), we serve free hot-buttered popcorn and lemonade in the store, while you shop!
We successfully sold the our 10-year old commercial popcorn machine (off to Hoonah…). The new, larger commercial machine is installed. We are also popping with coconut oil, instead of peanut oil (the 10-year old machine had always been used with peanut oil – before I knew about peanut allergies). Coconut oil is what movie theatre use (and is pretty tasty).
We are currently in training to meet our new Guest Service 7Guiding 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know that there are eleven resellers of second-hand merchandise in Juneau with stores (our criteria for membership is having a physical storefront)? I didn’t either. They include:Mommy-N-Me, Second Wind, The Rose Aube Bay, The Amazing Book Store (Friends of the Library), Alaskan Dames and Downtown Dames, GameOn, Nana’s Attic, Urban Eskimo, Salvation Army and us.
Saturday, August 31th
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Glacier Hwy in Mendenhall Valley across from Wells Fargo
Home to association members St. Vincent Store, Mommy-N-Me Juneau and The Amazing Book Store (Friends of the Library).
This year we are offering a short walk, a few blocks, between the St. Vincent Store and the St. Vincent Community Center., where we will meet for a light meal and celebration. A longer option will start at the store also but go out to Egan and walk the bike path to McDonald’s and then on to the Community Center from there. Proceeds will be used for our aid programs, including direct aid to the poor and homeless, food pantry and Vientiane Home Visit Team.
Registration 10 am at the St. Vincent Store 9150 Glacier Hwy
Walk Starts 11 am to 8617 Teal Street (light lunch then return to store)
You can register on the St. Vincent de Paul USA Friends of the Poor site here. You can also register at the St. Vincent Store.
If can’t walk with use this year, but would like to donate, click here and put “FOP” in the memo line.
The Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run is a national event coordinated by the Development Team at the National
Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
City and Borough of Juneau’s (CBJ) Capital City Fire/Rescue (CCFR) took over management of Juneau’s sleep off program on July 1. The service, which provides field evaluation and transportation of inebriated individuals to a safe space where they can sober up, was housed at Bartlett Regional Hospital and operated by Rainforest Recovery. CCFR will operate the new service out of a new facility housed at St. Vincent de Paul Juneau (SVdP).
With the change of management comes a new model and a new name — CCFR CARES, or Community Assistance Response and Emergency Services. “The new identity is to better reflect our vision of how the program will serve the community. Managing the sleep off center will be one facet. The core purpose of CARES is to connect people with needed services, start whittling away at their challenges and barriers, and hopefully reduce their reliance on emergency services,” Fire Chief Rich Etheridge said.
The CCFR supervised sleep off center will operate out of a new facility being constructed by SVdP in the space formerly occupied by the SVdP thrift store. The space is available, as SVdP moved the store operations to a new location last summer on Glacier Hwy. The new location placed the St. Vincent Store in the heart of the valley’s retail corridor, leaving the old space available for other uses. Bradley Perkins, SVdP General Manager, explained “the old thrift store contributed toward the operational expenses of our Teal Street facility, which also contains our Transitional Housing Facility, and Paul’s Place low-income apartments. I was tasked by the board with finding other uses for the vacated space.”
The main sales floor of the old thrift store was repurposed into the Dan Austin Transitional Support Services Center (TSSC). Last Fall, the CBJ selected the TSSC and SVdP as its project to apply for a HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), which would have paid for the renovation of this space and the adjacent donations area. Unfortunately, the State of Alaska did not select this project in the spring, although SVdP is considering applying to the CBJ again this fall with a scaled-down remodeling project for the TSSC.
Even without the CDBG, the TSSC is functioning in the space with offices for SVdP’s five Community Navigators (case managers) who serve Juneau’s homeless population. Also located in the space is SVdP’s free clothing outlet and food pantry for the homeless and those in need. The clothing and other items in the TSSC are from excess donations to the St. Vincent Store. The food in the TSSC food pantry comes primarily from collections at St. Paul’s and the Cathedral.
The prior sleep-off center hosted at Bartlett Regional Hospital was in temporary buildings that were scheduled for demolition to make space for a new addiction center. When the CBJ and CCFR decided the takeover the program and staff it out of the airport fire station, they contacted SVdP, which is only down the street. “Not only were we already close to their location, we had space, and the clients for the sleep off facility are generally, already clients of our Community Navigators – it was a natural fit,” according to Mr. Perkins. Clients will have immediate access to the navigators as well as access to the other TSSC resources such as clothing and food pantry.
SVdP will construct the new sleep off facility in the prior donations area, which had already been planned to be a day-use showers, laundry and locker facilities for the clients of the TSSC. Since the sleep off center also needed these services and operates primarily at night, this allows for a dual-use facility serving both the CBJ CCFR sleep off facility and the TSSC.
During the estimated three-month construction of the new sleep-off facility, SVdP is hosting the sleep off operations in a back corner of the TSSC, in a temporary sleep off facility constructed by SVdP board members, include Home Visit Team Leader Bill Diebels. Bill noted, “while fortunate that this temporary facility is only needed for three months, installing a temporary shower with no below-floor drainage was a bit of challenge.”
Mr. Perkins concluded, “SVdP already had a good working relationship with CCFR and the CBJ, having managed the city’s Cold Weather Emergency Shelter last winter. We see this an opportunity to expand and strengthen that relationship in reaching our clients and those in need throughout Juneau, as the city and these first responders are often the first to reach these individuals, and can be one of our best connections to them.”
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 St. Vincent 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”