What, you say, lunacy is this? Do you have heat stroke (maybe this summer in Juneau…)? But yes, our famous St. Vincent Christmas Store is open now (Are there visions of sugar plums dancing in your head?)
All items in the St. Vincent Christmas Storeare 30% off their regular price!
And we have confirmed from the North Pole that Santa will take time off from his vacation this Saturday, to stop by the St. Vincent Store from 2:00 to 4:00 to visit with anyone who wants to get their Christmas list in early So, start on your Christmas lists now!
Additionally, we will have holiday treats (cookies, candy canes, etc.) and Christmas music – you can almost feel the chill in the air (while it is in the 80’s outside…)!
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.
…and yellow-tagged items 75% off, and pink-tagged items 50% off! And, if you are wondering, what the heck a tag sale is, you can read my explanation here.
We are currently in 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 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.
July 5, 2019
Regarding: Governor’s Line Item Veto of Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Housing Assistance Program (HAP)
We, the General Manager and President of the Board of St. Vincent De Paul Society Diocesan Council of Southeast Alaska, Inc. (St. Vincent de Paul), are compelled to voice our opposition to the Governor’s line item veto of Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Housing Assistance Program (HAP). We urge the Alaska State Senate and House of Representatives to override the Governor’s veto to HAP, to this preserve this safety net for the most vulnerable of our State’s citizens.
St. Vincent de Paul has been providing food, clothing, housing, financial assistance and services to people in need throughout Southeast Alaska since the 1980s. We operate a transitional housing facility (SVdP Transitional Facility) for individuals and families who struggle to help themselves out of homelessness. We also manage five apartment complexes (126 units) in Juneau that serve low-income individuals, families, and seniors, including the Juneau Housing First project for the chronically homeless and chemically-dependent. Additionally, we operate the Dan Austin Transitional Support Services Center, the home to our five Community Navigators (case managers), free clothes depot and food pantry for the homeless and those in need, and our Vincentian Home Visit Teams.
Should the Governor’s Line Item Veto of HAP stand, St. Vincent de Paul would lose funding which supports our SVdP Transitional Facility, resulting in many of our clients becoming homeless and would reduce our capacity to prevent homelessness:
If the Governor’s veto stands, St. Vincent de Paul will lose approximately one-third of its funding for the SVdP Transitional Facility. Already stretched thin supporting its aging low-income housing complexes, and increasingly-relied upon community aid programs, the organization has no additional funds to fill the loss of the HAP funds. We may need to close some of the units or close for part of the grant cycle. However, since the SVdP Transitional Facility is part of larger building complex that contains other low-income housing, support services, and soon-to-be city sleep-off center, we cannot simply close the SVdP Transitional Facility to save to facility costs. Additionally, staff that operates the SVdP Transitional Facility is shared with all our other housing operations and cannot simply be laid-offed. Actually, the loss of the HAP funding for the SVdP Transitional Facility funded-portion of such staff, will actually raise cost for other housing complexes.
St. Vincent de Paul acts as the “backstop” for those in need and homeless in Juneau. As a faith-based non-profit, we depend on the partnership with the State of Alaska to continue to provide essential safety-net services to Alaska’s most vulnerable populations.
Bradley Perkins, General Manager and Maureen Hall, President
Additionally, you can
This is our last required item for re-certification, and our lead on a used three-basin (wash, rinse, sterilize) disappeared. If anyone has, or know of, a used one, please let us know! All donations are tax-deductible.
When the daycare hosted out of SVdP’s community center was closed, and the space was converted to the Thrift Store Annex, the the commercial kitchen was decommissioned and all the equipment was removed. However, after the store was moved to the St. Vincent Store on Glacier Hwy. last summer, we have recommissioned the St. Vincent Community Center for meetings, trainings, events, and someday for rental use (as it was many years ago).
While our staff has their food handler cards, and I have my food safety manger certification, we are in need of used commercial kitchen equipment – large and small. While all the original plumbing, exhaust hoods, grease traps, propane tanks, etc. are in place, all the equipment – stoves, ovens, dish-washing, pots, pans, serving equipment, etc. were removed. Any and all donation (tax-deducible) of used equipment would be appreciated. We can pickup from anywhere in Juneau.
The re-opening of the St. Vincent de Paul Community Center and Commercial Kitchen for community use will help serve our mission of helping those in need by providing a place for meetings, classes, and events. Proceeds from the rental space use will support our aid programs.
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.”