Last week, a team of Starbucks partners organized a St. Vincent de Paul “Stuff the Truck” event at Starbucks Center. Starbucks partners and other individuals from Starbucks Center businesses, like Nitze Stagen & Co. and Office Max, cleaned their closets and donated 1,940 pounds of clothing and household goods. Bright Horizons at Mermaid Lagoon also hosted a donation drive and donated their recess time to help us load the truck. We appreciate the support of the entire community at Starbucks Center. Thank you so much for organizing this opportunity for us, hosting our truck, and filling it with donations. Goods donated to St. Vincent de Paul are sold in our five King County Thrift Stores. Sales support our Home Visits, Helpline, Food Bank, Case Management, Centro Rendu Hispanic Outreach program and other social services.
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St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Executive Director Ned Delmore spoke at the Transit Rider’s Union Delegate gathering with members of the King County Council on April 22, 2015. SVdP supports the group’s goals and proposals to help reduce the impact of high bus fares on the working poor, people with low or fixed incomes and students.
Metro Transit fares have doubled in price since 2008. In 2011 a transit dependent senior citizen in King County paid $99 for transit in annual costs. Today that is $432. Along with over thirty other organizations in King County, St. Vincent de Paul supports the goals and aims of the Transit riders Union.
In testimony before the King County Council, Delmore said: “Our poor neighbors face multiple bureaucratic obstacles in dealing with systems that are supposed to help make their lives simpler. They’re told to stand in lines, forced to deal with phone trees, long “on-hold” times, or wait for online tips that don’t work. St. Vincent de Paul is asking the King County Council to stand up and defend the most vulnerable in our communities.”
Quoting the Transit Rider’s Union campaign statement: “If King County Metro needs a model, there’s one not far away. As of March 1, 2015, San Francisco’s Muni transit system oﬀers free passes to all low and moderate income seniors, youth and people with disabili1es. We believe that King County should follow this example, rather than raising fares further for all these riders. We believe that free transit passes should also be available to all public school students in King County.”
SVdP believes that King County Metro should be doing everything possible to increase, not decrease, the use of public transit. Continuing to raise fares places incredible burdens on people with limited funds to use our bus system. The fare increases and reductions in service are particularly onerous for low the working poor, families and individuals on fixed incomes and people just struggling to get by. Here is the full text of the report: Steps Toward Affordable Transit for All/Transit Riders Union – April 22, 2015
As part of our ongoing partnership with the Chief Seattle Club, our case management department is assembling move-in kits for clients who are moving into permanent housing.
These kits include:
Bar bath soap
Shower curtain rings
Dish rack and drainer
Set of kitchen utensils
Small brush and dustpan
We hope that these will help our friends at the Chief Seattle Club settle into their new homes.
Our neighbors from McKinstry visited St. Vincent de Paul and served our guests the food bank today. With the help of these great volunteers, we served 683 individuals, including 105 homeless people, from 312 households.
We are so grateful for the support of these volunteers. We could not serve our struggling neighbors without volunteers like you. Thank you.
On Good Friday, St. Madeleine Sophie School and Parish hosted a donation drive for St. Vincent de Paul.
The eighth grade students helped us unload donations from the line of cars before and after school, as well as before mass. These donations filled our little red St. Vinnie’s truck!
The students also collected donations for the Pike Market Food Bank.
Thank you so much, St. Madeleine Sophie, for your generous efforts to help our neighbors in need.
Holy Rosary eighth grade students Kayla and Joe personally delivered close to $140 raised by fellow students at their annual bake sale. In addition to the funds, the Holy Rosary students also delivered clothing, personal hygiene items and other household goods donations. We applaud and thank you for your efforts!!
Last week, sixth graders from St. Philomena School toured SVdP and volunteered at our Georgetown Food Bank.
One student wrote to us after the field trip, “I had a great time. The poor was so happy. It was just great. That food really helped them, they were so glad that you are there for them. All the programs that you have are really helping them.”
Another student wrote, “I loved to see the kind of people who come in and especially loved to help them. It really showed me what kind of people come into a food bank and that their just like us.”
We are grateful that these kind and caring students volunteered in our food bank to serve our neighbors in need.
Thank you, St. Philomena sixth graders!
Monica Hart of Santa Monica Home will guide you in the art of creating beautiful home décor with St. Vincent de Paul thrift store items. We are offering two FREE sessions on Saturday, April 18 at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm with refreshments provided.
St. Vincent de Paul Kent Thrift Store
310 Central Ave. N. Kent, WA 98032
Officials at St. Vincent de Paul say their Renton Thrift Store was burglarized early Wednesday morning, resulting in thousands of dollars in losses including computers, televisions and property damage to the store. Renton police and King County Forensic investigators are on the scene and are continuing their investigation.
“This is a devastating blow to us. In addition to the valuable donations that were stolen, our new Centro Rendu classroom that serves the Latino community was vandalized and all of the laptop computers were stolen. We lost thousands of dollars in valuable merchandise that is very difficult to replace. We want to reach out to the Renton community and the surrounding neighborhoods to ask for help. We really need donations of money and merchandise to help recover from this,” noted Steve Knipp, Deputy Director of St. Vincent de Paul of Seattle King County.