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

At St. Vincent Store

With our city and the state of Alaska under orders to hunker down, St. Vincent’s Store will be closed until those orders are lifted.

We will be back with a new layout and new deals once this crisis is over.

 

Poverty and homelessness will not be closed during this period, and we welcome any donations of non-perishable, packaged food, cleaning supplies, and financial contributions to further our ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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 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 daveringlesvdp@gmail.com.  If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, visit our volunteer page.

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

General Manager/Executive Director, recruitment through April 10, 2020

Position Summary: The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Juneau, Alaska, is seeking an experienced nonprofit professional to serve as their General Manager/Executive Director (GMED). The GMED represents the organization and its mission to the community. Under the direction of the Board, this position is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Society, including organizational leadership, operations and finance, personnel and staffing, programs and impact, fundraising and grant writing, community advocacy, and marketing and development.

The GMED will provide servant leadership to inspire key stakeholders and staff to achieve the shared vision to lift people out of poverty by working with them to achieve empowerment, stability, and spiritual fulfillment.

For a complete job description and application details, Click here.

Maintenance Staff

Full time, immediate opening

Job Summary

Under general supervision of Maintenance Manager, performs a variety of work in the general maintenance and repair of apartments, office facilities, St. Vincent Store, grounds and equipment.

Primary Responsibilities

  • respond to service requests
  • maintenance and repairs to rental housing units
  • inspections of rental housing units for needed services and repairs
  • maintenance and repairs to structural, mechanical and electrical systems
  • maintenance and repairs of boilers, heating and ventilation systems, pumps weather stripping
  • maintenance and repairs of building interiors and exteriors
  • maintenance and repairs of finishing, ceilings, flooring and roofing
  • maintenance and repairs to appliances including stoves, refrigerators and washing machines
  • handle routine maintenance repair, including:
    • garbage disposal stoppage/ repairs
    • faucet leaks/ washer replacement
    • stove burner replacement
    • painting (interior and exterior)
    • replace light bulbs in common areas, rooms and apartments
    • assist the maintenance team in getting units ready for rent
  • Grounds Maintenance, including:
    • clean stairs, decks, sidewalks weeding
    • aerating and fertilizing lawns replace plants as needed
    • trims tree branches that create hazardous situations
    • replaces outside bulbs in lighting fixtures which requires climbing a ladder clean garbage and debris on grounds

View a complete job description here

Completed applications may be dropped off at our Smith Hall offices at 8617 Teal Street, or e-mail to daveringlesvdp@gmail.com.

Cold Weather Emergency Shelter (aka the Warming Shelter) Staff

Seasonal (November to April) Position

Job Summary

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.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Operate shelter with another staff member.
  • Welcome, care for, protect, and manage guests of the shelter.
  • Enforce shelter code of conduct (attached).
  • Drive shuttle to pick up and drop off guests.
  • Check in and complete AKHMIS paperwork (as needed) for guests.
  • Complete shift reports.
  • Provide services and support to guest, including beverages in morning.
  • Set up shelter (if Community Center was used that day).
  • Put away shelter (if Community Center will be used that day).
  • Straighten up shelter for next shift (if Community Center not being used).
  • Run shelter laundry (as needed).
  • Coordinate and cooperate with CBJ CCF/F C.A.R.E.S Program Staff in Sobering Center (in same facility.\
  • Ability to simply listen to the shelter’s guests experiencing homelessness.

Download a version of the job description here.

You can send completed applications to warmingshelter@svdpjuneau.org., or drop then off at our offices in Smith Hall at 8617 Teal Street, or the St.Vincent Store.

Cold Weather Emergency Shelter (aka the Warming Shelter)

The Warming Shelter will be open tonight and through Friday, April 3, 2020. The Warming Shelter has moved to the JAHC building, 350 Whitier Street, the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council building where Project Homeless Connect was held.

We have discontinued bus service.

                                   

  • With the first case of COVID19 confirmed here in Juneau, we are responding quickly with changes in protocol, food handling, safe social distancing and cleaning policies. Our responses we pray will help keep our guests as safe as possible during these challenging times.

Link to KTOO  report on our move

Listen to and read KTOO report on the challenges facing those serving the homeless community during this COVID19 crisis.

  • Thank you to CBJ and Salvation Army for helping with food this week.
  • Thank you to Tlingit and Haida Childcare for their donation of food this week.
  • Thank you to Foodland for letting us  buy 5 cases of cup of noodle soup and to Dr. Lonnie Anderson DDS who paid for and donated them to our shelter. 5 cases is a weekend of supplies, so we are very grateful
  • We now have a new van thanks to the Rasmuson Foundation, Mendenhall Auto, Brad Perkins, and friends of St. Vincent de Paul. Look for this vehicle making our normal rounds:
  • We will update this webpage with more information as we need to.

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 the JAHC, 350 Whittier Street, between Centennial Hall and the museum.

When open, it operates from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am.

Notification of when the shelter is open is provided by this webpage, warmingshelter.org, on Twitter, and Facebook and remotely-controlled signs (all described below).

Shelter contact information – warmingshelter@svdpjuneau.org / 907-500-3996 (when shelter is in operation only).

Notification of Shelter Operation Nights

Notification can be found at:

  • behind CBJ city hall at 820 Glacier Ave (downtown)
  • Polaris House at 434 Willoughby Ave. (downtown near Salvation Army)
  • Resurrection Lutheran Church (above the entrance to the Food Pantry) 740 W 10th Street
  • St. Vincent Store at 9151 Glacier Hwy (Mendenhall Valley across from Valley Wells Fargo)
  • NEW! Hot Shot Coffee at 5234 Glacier Hwy (Lemon Creek in Front of Western Auto and Marine)

 

 

 

New! Email Notifications Warming Shelter Operating Nights Now Available

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 warmingshelter@svdpjuneau.org.  Your email address will not be shared.

Guest Code of Conduct Guest

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.

 

A word about pets.

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).

 

 

 

 

Guest Service Guiding Principles

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Comments Are Welcome

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 warmingshelter@svdpjuneau.org) or otherwise (neighbor of the shelter), your comments and suggestions are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warming Shelter in the News

Listen and read the KTOO story on the challenges facing those serving the homeless in Juneau during the COVID19

Listen to and read the KTOO story – Winter cold snap brings added challenges for Juneau’s homeless population

Read the Juneau Empire article here.
Watch the Juneau Empire video here.

Read the City and Borough of Juneau Press Release here.

Read the story on KTOO Public Media by by here.

Thanks For Assistance

Thank you to Seaside Diesel Repair who examined our bus, repaired the minor damage, and has it up and running.  St. Vincent’s thanks Seaside Diesel Repair and M & M Tours for their generosity and assistance.

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.

Hot Shot Coffee, Polaris House and Resurrection Lutheran Church for hosting our remote-controlled electronic notification signs.

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).

We Need Additional Warming 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.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Operate shelter with another staff member.
  • Welcome, care for, protect, and manage guests of the shelter.
  • Enforce shelter code of conduct (attached).
  • Drive shuttle to pick up and drop off guests.
  • Check in and complete AKHMIS paperwork (as needed) for guests.
  • Complete shift reports.
  • Provide services and support to guest, including beverages in morning.
  • Set up shelter (if Community Center was used that day).
  • Put away shelter (if Community Center will be used that day).
  • Straighten up shelter for next shift (if Community Center not being used).
  • Run shelter laundry (as needed).
  • Coordinate and cooperate with CBJ CCF/F C.A.R.E.S Program Staff in Sobering Center (in same facility.\
  • Ability to simply listen to the shelter’s guests experiencing homelessness.

Download a version of the 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.

You can send completed applications to warmingshelter@svdpjuneau.org.

Background of Shelter

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.

 

 

History of the CBJ Cold Weather Emergency Shelter

  • 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).
  • SVdP manages the shelter though its Community Navigators, who regularly work with the guest of the shelter.

 

 

St. Vincent Store Open 10-7 Monday-Saturday / Noon-5 Sunday (907)789-5141
  • Get Support
  • Housing

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.”

Please Help