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

At the St. Vincent Store

Getting Ready for the Summer Vacation or Heading off to College?

Now is the time to purchase your luggage, bags, backpacks, etc.  And we have a huge selection (read – overstocked, so we are having sale!).  Get here soon for the best selection.

 

 

 

Make Your Own Outfit and Get a Sweater and Pair of Pants FREE

Time to be creative!  Put together an ensemble of a top, bottom and any accessory, and we will give you an additional sweater and pair of pants!

The details (which you don’t need to know or understand, as the store staff will help you out) are as follows:  Buy a top item (blouse, shirt, sweater, coat, etc.), a bottom item (pants, skirt, dress, etc.) and an accessory (shoes, belt, scarf, hat, purse, bag, tie, etc.) that total (with any discounts) at least $10, and you get a free sweater and and pair of pants (yes, we are overstocked on sweaters and pants) that total equal or lesser value than your ensemble (or you can pay the difference between your ensemble and you sweater and pants).

All Baby and Children’s Clothes are Just 50 Cents and $1!

We are simply overstocked on kids clothes!  Help us reduce stock now!

 

 

 

 

Anything You Can Drink From for $1

Well, at least within reason…

 

 

 

 

Yearning for those Blockbuster Video Days?

After seeing Captain Marvel when she fell into the Blockbuster Video in the 1989, did you start longing for the good-old days of VHS tapes?  Well, if you can dig out your old tape player, we have hundreds of tapes on sale now.  And, since we have stopped taking book donations (sending book donations across the parking lot to the Friends of the Library – they do a much better job with reselling books that we ever did), it only seemed right when they offered to send their VHS tape donations our direction that we graciously add to ours.  So, we just got their first four boxes of tapes to add to our existing stock.  Lot’s of interesting new titles!

This Month’s Tag Sales

For the month of April, all clothing and accessories tagged with yellow and pink tags are 75% and 50% off.  If you are not sure what what tag sales are, checkout my explanation on our St. Vincent Store page.

 

 

Caps and Gowns, Oh My!

By the way, if you (or someone you know) is graduating, we have a great selection of caps and gowns that don’t have to be rented and returned.  Of course, after graduation, you can just donate them back to us, so we can pass them along to next year’s graduates.

 

 

 

 

 

And, Of Course, Free Hot-Buttered Popcorn and Lemonade on Saturdays

Bring the family!

 

 

 

About Us

St. Vincent de Paul Juneau

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
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.

Help St. Vincent de Paul Celebrate Ozanam Sunday

We should assist the poor in every way and do it both by ourselves and by enlisting the help of others …. To do this is to preach the gospel by words and work. St. Vincent de Paul

Sunday, April 28th is known as Ozanam Sunday. We celebrate the lives of St. Vincent de Paul and Fredric Ozanam, the founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Here in Juneau, the St. Vincent de Paul Society has been serving the poor and homeless since 1985 and we need your support to continue.

We provide direct aid to homeless individuals and families bUpload Filesy supplying food, clothing, heating and rent assistance, bus tokens and support. We currently have 52 people, including 24 children, living at our transitional shelter. We manage 135 units of low income housing and many of our clients suffer from disabilities. We recently provided 200 food vouchers at Juneau Project Homeless Connect.

April through June are the most challenging months for us financially. Please support our 2019 Spring Appeal to keep our Aid to the Poor Program funded so that our brothers and sisters in need in our community can be fed, sheltered, and clothed.

Donate by stopping by the St. Vincent office in Smith Hall at 8619 Teal St.  You can donate online here.

In the spirit of Fredric Ozanam!  Thank you for your support,

Maureen Hall
St. Vincent de Paul Board President
Bradley Perkins
General Manager

 

 

The St. Vincent Store is Open 10-6 Monday - Saturday (907)789-5141
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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.

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

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.”

Holiday Programs

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.

Other Aid

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.

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.”

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