Here We Grow Again!
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is pleased to announce that an expansion of its Thrift Store will be completed in the next two months. The retail space of the Store will increase by 25%. The Store relocated to its 1300 Benner Pike facility just two years ago, a move that enhanced the organization’s mission to help the poor.
The Society believes the expanded retail space will provide more proceeds to help those in need—funds that will be indispensable in helping our county recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Society would like to thank the many donors who make our mission to help those in need in our community possible. Your donations of gently used clothing and housewares, as well as financial contributions, make it possible for the Society to help (on the average) 150 adults and children every month.
The plan is for the Society offices and meeting room to move into an adjacent section of the building that will be available in mid-January. The Store will then take over the vacated area, which will allow a larger housewares area—a much needed improvement, since the Store will then be able to accept more housewares donations (which have been limited in the last few months).
During the reorganization of the Store, starting the second week in January and continuing until the changes are complete, only clothing donations will be accepted. When the changes are in place, probably late February, donations of housewares will resume.
When the Thrift Store re-opens after the holidays on January 2, open hours will be Monday-Friday 10AM-1PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM. During the reorganization of the store, customers should be aware that some areas or even the entire Store may be closed at times while the changes are accomplished. If you have questions about the reorganization, please call the Thrift Store at 814-867-3131 and talk to or leave a message for the store manager.
Thrift Store Closed for Health & Safety
In accordance with Governor Wolf's announcement on March 16, 2020, the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will be closed through March 30. While we are sorry to be closed during a time when there will be an increased demand for the help we provide to those in need, it is imperative that we do all we can to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We are especially determined to do what is best for our volunteers, the vast majority of whom are retired and over 60, and thus more susceptible to the virus.
During this time, the Thrift Store will not accept donations. No one will be in the store to accept or process donations, and items left outside the door will be subject to damage from weather. Please save your donations until we re-open.
However, our Vincentians (members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul) will often be in the office to take calls and check messages from folks requesting aid. While we do have some funds to provide financial help for a limited time, monetary donations would be most welcome, as we do not know how long the Thrift Store will have to be closed; this is worrisome, since the Store usually provides a large percentage of the funds for our mission. Donations may be mailed to: Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 1300 Benner Pike, Suite B, State College, PA 16801. God bless you for your support.
New Donations Door
We are pleased to share with you that we are now accepting donations at the back door of our new building. Follow the parking lot around to the left of the building, and the door is at the back left corner. Please back into the space in front of the door to unload your items. When your donation is complete, please exit through our parking lot (the unpaved driveway behind our area is private property and is not available for our use).
Thrift Store Move
We are so excited to share with you that our move to 1300 Benner Pike is complete, and we had a wonderfully successful Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, January 12.
The retail area of our new space is 55% bigger than the old space, so there is more merchandise than ever. And we now a meeting/classroom--watch for information on DIY and craft classes.