Help us reduce some excess donations.
Please, please, oh please don’t make us store what is left in the Christmas store for another whole year! We just can’t face putting any of it back in the those tubs again and stacking it up on the shelves knowing that we will have to pull them back down next year!
If you are not sure how our tag sales work, you can check out my explanation here. All items in the store with yellw 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%. blue 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.
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 we have free fresh-popped (in coconut oil like the movie theaters) popcorn and lemonade! Bring the whole family.
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 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 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.
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 thirty-three full, part-time and seasonal 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 the St. Vincent team. We ask a great deal of them and are grateful for their effort they give each and every day. If you are interested in employment, email email@example.com. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, visit our volunteer page.
Seasonal (November to April) Position
Staff members work generally from 10:30 pm to 7:00 am on nights the city’s 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°). Three 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.
You can send completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org., or drop then off at our offices in Smith Hall at 8617 Teal Street, or the St.Vincent Store.
The shelter will be open, at least, when the predicted (at 3:00 pm the day prior) temperature for the night is 32 or below. (In case you are curious, you can check yourself here.)
The shelter is located at St. Vincent de Paul’s facility at 8617 Teal Street.
When open, it operates from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am.
When CBJ Transit buses are not operating, the St. Vincent de Paul Shuttle runs a route on the hour until 2:00 am through Mendenhall Valley, Lemon Cheek and downtown (see route information below).
Shelter contact information – email@example.com / 907-500-3996 (when shelter is in operation only).
Notification can be found at:
By popular request, email notifications of shelter operation nights (that are posted here, and by other methods), as had been done by the CBJ Housing Office in prior years, are now available. Send your request to be added to the Warming Shelter Operating Nights Notification Email List to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email address will not be shared.
Shuttle runs a route on the hour until 2:00 am through Mendenhall Valley, Lemon Cheek and downtown.
Leave shelter :15 after the hour
Mendenhall Mall bus stop :20 after the hour
Fred Meyer bus stop :25 after the hour
Sweitzer bus stop :28 after the hour
Anka bus stop :29 after the hour
Western Auto bus stop :31 after the hour
AWARE bus stop :36 after the hour
IGA Foodland bus stop :41 after the hour
Museum bus stop :42 after the hour
Downtown Library :44 after the hour
Glory Hole bus stop :45 after the hour
Transit Center. :48 after the hour
Return to shelter on the hour
As per our contract with the CBJ, we are a low-barrier shelter. This means that we make every effort to accommodate everyone who comes to use the shelter. We only require that guests abide by this code of conduct while in the shelter.
We are conscious that some of our guests are accompanied by non-human family members. We simply require that these family members also abide by the code of conduct (where applicable).
All SVdP staff and volunteers treat our clients, donors, tenants, customers and visitors to our facilities as guests. We follow these guest service guiding principles in how we treat all our guests, including our guests in the warming shelter.
Regardless of whether you are a guest of the warming shelter (there are comment cards and a comment card box in the shelter, or by email to email@example.com) or otherwise (neighbor of the shelter), your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Diane from Juneau Christian Center who volunteers each morning at 6:00 am to make a fresh and healthy breakfast for our guests (instead of our usual instant oatmeal in a cup on their way out the door to the bus). If you or your group would like to volunteer at the shelter (helping me prepare dinner at 7-8 pm, serving dinner 10:30 to 11:30 pm, or preparing / serving breakfast 6 to 7 am) go to our volunteer page.
Employees at Bartlett Regional Hospital for a grant for foot care and sending pizzas one evening.
Papa Johns Pizza and its general manager for donating pizzas and bread sticks made from their extra dough.
Alaska Laundry and Dry Cleaning for discounted bedding laundry services.
Commercial Signs & Printing for repainting our current shuttle bus, purchased from Juneau Youth Services (JYS) – both at generous discounts.
Sportsman’s Warehouse for huge donation of winter clothing and accessories for guests of shelter.
Stan and Lynne Lee for selling us used commercial kitchen equipment from a remodel of their Tesoro Stations at a huge discount which will enable us to get the kitchen in the Community Center re-certified.
The Rasumson Foundation for a grant for a more energy-efficient and lower mileage used shuttle vehicle (located in Anchorage and and brokered by Mendenhall Auto Center) and a used commercial stove/oven (the last required piece of equipment for our recommissioned commercial kitchen).
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.
You can send completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.”