I know it doesn’t feel like it to me either… However, we need to sell our remaining stock of winter boots, rather than storing them for a year!
We have a lot of nice Valentine’s Day items that you can use next year – and we would rather you store them, than us!
Now is the time to come on in to see all the new stores and the entire look and feel of the store. Instead of the typical secondhand store, I think you find the St. Vincent Store shopping experience like shopping at any other store in Juneau – except at prices – which are a fraction of what you pay elsewhere. And the best part – the money you pay goes to good work we do at St. Vincent de Paul helping those in-need!
In addition to the new layout of the store (more room for things you love), we have dedicated areas for certain items. Here are three new stores:
The St. Vincent Designer Boutique features the best of the our apparel donations. When our staff and volunteers sort through all your donations, and find high-end items that are new or in like-new condition, they are set aside for our veteran pricing staff who figure out its second-hand store value (and then mark it down from there). Then it goes in the this store, rather than getting mixed in with the other apparel – so that it will be easier for you to find.
For all the time the St. Vincent Christmas store was open, we either stored, or asked you hold, your furniture donations. Now that we have cleared the back of the store, laid some carpet, etc., and moved all the furniture we have accumulated (and started accepted your furniture donations) into this area. The St. Vincent Home Store feels just like your living room and bedroom, and is the perfect place to find everything for YOUR home.
Not just housewares, but everything else for the kitchen, hobbies, and home improvement, can be conveniently found in the new St. Vincent Store Housewares Shoppe.
And, as I promised, wait for it… its “The don’t-miss-it, While-the-dust-settles, Almost-done-with-the-remodeling Sale!”
And (now I really didn’t even know that people still had audio CD players), we apparently have hundreds of CD’s – So, time to sift though shelves of CDs, as there is little room for them in the remodeled store.
Additionally, all baby (3 and under) clothes are just 50¢.
For those who don’t normally shop second-hand stores (which had included me before I came to SVdP), I have been struggling to explain things like tag sales (and why we have them), since they don’t really apply to a regular retail store (which is how I am hoping you will start to think of the St. Vincent Store as, when you head out to go shopping). Meaning, when you need a pair of pants, stop here first to see if we have what you need. If we do, it will probably be about $5, unless something designer and then about $10 to get something that is new or in very, very good condition (we send the other donations to our charity uses at our Transition Support Services Center, Housing Facility, CBJ Warming Shelter and other agencies, etc.). If we don’t, then you’re off to one of the retail stores in town. But, its worth the quick stop since we’re right on the way.
Oh, I digress… Back to tag sales. As items come into donations (yes, I know, our donation hours are really restrictive now… sorry, sorry, sorry – please volunteer to sort). the sorting and pricing crew tag the item with colored tags that change each month (pink, blue and yellow) in rotation. This allows us to know how long items have been on the racks and shelves. And if an item is not selling after a month, we discount it 50%, two months 75%, and three months it gets pulled, and sent out of the store to our charity channels. Now you understand tag sales!
Bring the family!
St. Vincent de Paul Juneau has been providing monetary assistance, food, clothing, housing, and services to people in-need throughout Southeast Alaska since the 1980s. It operates a transitional housing facility for individuals and families transitioning from homelessness, and is the property manager for five low-income apartment complexes in Juneau for seniors, individuals and families, including the Juneau Housing First project, for the chronically homeless and chemically-dependent. St. Vincent de Paul also has five community navigators, and a number of Home Visit teams, who work throughout Juneau with those experiencing homelessness and near homelessness or are otherwise in distress, including the elderly, individuals and families, and those with disabilities. St. Vincent de Paul’s community navigators, Home Visit teams and housing management work from the Dan Austin Transitional Support Services Center located at the site of St. Vincent de Paul’s transitional housing facility, where it also operates a food pantry and secondhand item depot for those in-need. In addition to providing aid as the need arises, St. Vincent de Paul hosts the annual Walk for the Poor, Thanksgiving Food Basket, and Christmas Adopt-A-Family events. St. Vincent de Paul is funded through donations, including cash donations, which can be made at its offices on Teal Street or on its website, svdpjuneau.org, and through the sale of items donated to the St. Vincent Store, at its new location on Glacier Hwy. in the Mendenhall Valley. St. Vincent de Paul provides material and spiritual charity, and works for social justice for all people.
June Rebellion, Paris, 1832. Vincentians ministered to the wounded on both sides.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Story:
If you have read Victor Hugo’s novel “Les Miserables” or seen the play or movie, you may understand the world into which the St. Vincent de Paul Society was born. Paris, the world’s most populous city in 1832, was reeling from the inevitable social chaos arising from oppression of the poor. Hunger and disease ravaged the city, particularly in the slums of the destitute and working classes.
In Hugo’s novel, the June Rebellion of 1832 features prominently. While many students were prepared to die and to kill if necessary to uphold the ideals of democracy and human rights, a group of young Catholic students at the Sorbonne University saw a different path to social justice.
They could not turn away from the Gospel, as had the ruling aristocracy and the institution of the Church. They could not condone violence and killing even in defense of the Revolution. The founders of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul took their inspiration from Matthew 25:40, “Whatsoever you do for these, the least of my brethren, you do for me.” They followed examples set by the Sisters of Charity and the wisdom of 17th Century French Saint, Vincent de Paul.
The Society’s young members, led by Blessed Frederick Ozanam, ministered to the poor by personal visitation– bringing food, firewood, clothing and medicine to the desperate. One of their first acts was to rescue a victim of domestic violence and re-locate her and her children to safety away from the city and her abuser. When violence erupted between the people and the King’s army, early members of the Society, including its founder, tended the wounded on the barricades. 183 years later, the Society is an international organization in more than 70 countries with hundreds of thousands of volunteers committed to exactly those same acts of charity and more.
We have many opportunities for folks to donate their most precious treasure—their time. Whether helping stock and manage the Thrift Store, assisting seniors, mentoring children, or just being there for a game of chess, a hike, or a song. The Vincentian Spirit is about people helping people and we seek to strengthen the bonds of our human family. Please call 789-5535 ext. 7, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and leave your name and the activity or skill or talent you would like to bring to others.
While we are always looking for individuals to volunteer their time at SVdP, the backlog of donations at our store is more than the current store volunteers and staff can possibly clear alone. So we have volunteer groups working in the evenings (6:00 to 9:00 pm) on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the forseeabe. We have store supervisors to train and assist you or your group. We provide the snacks. We crank-up the store sound system with whatever music you like. And a good time is had by all! In the last few weeks we had groups from St. Paul’s Catholic Church, and Resurrection Lutheran Church. However, you don’t need to be a religious organization, as we accept slave labor – oops, I mean – volunteers from any group. Book clubs, knitting groups, rugby teams, motorcycle gangs, etc., are welcome! Contact us at email@example.com, or call 808-782-5795 for more information or to schedule your group.
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.”