Taking a cue from the Juneau Radio Center (our advertising partner and who always has a contest running) we ran a contest leading up to the opening of the Christmas store for early admission – just getting in one hour early. We had about 400 entries! That’s right 400 entries just to get in one hour early! Wow. And the 20 winners and their guest came early, were served breakfast and coffee, and had a great time!
So, our next contest is lunch with Santa and Ms. Claus! That’s right, we have made a special request to the North Pole for Santa and Ms. Claus to join four lucky families (or you and three of your friends) for lunch in the St. Vincent Community Center (the home of the city’s Cold Weather Emergency Shelter during the cold nights). The Center will be all decked out for Christmas. and not only will there be chance to kibitz with Santa and the Mrs. about the latest gossip at the North Pole – who saw Rudolph and Clarice and kissing under the mistletoe, who threw that snow ball at the head elf, etc.), there will be an opportunity to sit on sit on Santa’s lap and update him on you last minute wish list. You will also get photos with Santa throughout the lunch.
Winners will be selected from entries made at the store (one entry per visit please) on noon on Thursday, December 19th. The winner will depart the store at noon on Saturday, December 21 for the Community Center, and return by 2:00. (Additional terms and conditions apply – ask for details at the store – the lawyer in me, made me say that…).
New to the St, Vincent Christmas Store this year is our Holiday Gift Shop. We just received a generous donation of the entire contents of a clothing store that ceased operations. These are all new items (with their manufacturer tags attached). Additionally, we have picked-out lots of other holiday gift ideas for you from donations and the store, and put them all back in the Christmas Store. Come in and take a look.
We get a lot of shoes and boots in donations… A lot. Our only problem is sorting, pricing and getting them on the floor (interested in volunteering at the store?). But we did a big push. So come on in and see what we have out!
It seems that we are always asking guests to leave the store at closing, so with the start of holiday shopping we are adding an extra hour of shopping time. Enjoy!
And, after church on Sunday, join some of our staff who wanted to work a few extra hours from noon to 5:00. We might even fire up the popcorn machine…
Finally, all the anticipation is over! The famous St. Vincent Christmas Store is Open! Don’t miss the chance to be one of first to visit and see all the amazing things we have been storing for the last year. However if yuo can’t get here right away, don’t fret – we have hundreds of boxes of Christmas donation that we will be restocking with all the way up to Christmas. So, there will always be new items in the St. Vincent Christmas Store!
If you are not sure how our tag sales work, you can check out my explanation here. All items in the store with blue tags (meaning they have been on the racks for at least two months) are 75% off, and all items with yellow tag are 50% (meaning they have been on the racks for at least one month) are 50%. Pink 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.
We have been using those Dayglo orange price tags on all non-clothing items for years. However, until we move to a point-of-sale (POS) system with bar-code tags next year, we are now using the same blue/yellow/pink price tags on all non-clothing items (thanks to a not-so-gentle push from our board store committee). This means that everything in the store will be aged (i.e. marked down 50% after one month and then 75% after two months), along with the clothes.
However, there are still tons of items in the store with the old orange price tags. So for the month of December, all these items will be 50% off. And, yes, in January we will put what is left at 75% off. BUT, the best of these orange tagged items will go first. So come in now to get the “pick of the litter.”
BTW, the POS system will allow us to age inventory on a weekly basis (imagine that!), in addition to starting our customer loyalty program – which will include discounts based on purchases, notices of sales, and requests for notices of availability of new items (like sewing machines, shoes, etc.).
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 through the holidays we have free fresh-popped (in coconut oil like the movie theaters) popcorn, lemonade, holiday cookies, eggnog, and hot-spiced apple cider! 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.
St, Vincent de Paul has been helpings match families in need with generous donors, like you, for over 20 years. To participate, email email@example.com or call 909-789-5535 ext 7, and we will match you to a family. You shop and wrap gifts for a specific family’s children by age and gender and their particular needs this year. We provide all the information; participants remain anonymous. Either you, or we, can wrap the gifts, and drop them off at our offices in Smith Hall, 8617 Teal Street.
However, if you would rather just donate an unwraped gift, gift card or make a cash donation, you can do that at our offices in Smith Hall, 8617 Teal Street, at the St. Vincent Store, 9151 Glacier Hwy, or donate here.
We are still taking sign-ups for our Christmas gift program for your children at our offices in Smith Hall, 8617 Teal Street. Call 909-789-5535 ext 7 for more information.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org / 907-500-3996 (when shelter is in operation only).
Notification can be found at:
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
Alaska Laundry and Dry Cleaning for discounted bedding laundry services.
Commercial Signs & Printing for repainting our new shuttle bus, purchased from Juneau Youth Services – both at generous discounts.
Polaris House and Resurrection Lutheran Church for electronic notification sign hosting.
Sportsman’s Warehouse for huge donation of winter clothing and accessories for guests of shelter.
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.”