St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) and Neighborcare Health are jointly celebrating the Grand Opening of their new primary care clinic and newly remodeled thrift store facility at 137th and Aurora Avenue North in Seattle on Friday, August 14, 2015. Join us for the ribbon cutting on August 14th at 9 a.m. Additionally, shop our Aurora store on August 14 -15 and get 50% off store-wide (some exclusions apply).
A Thrift Store & Medical Clinic in the Same Building: Unique
It may seem like an odd combination, but it’s really not. Both organizations believe deeply in the dignity and respect we need to pay all humans and for helping individuals and families with health care and other social services.
SVdP & Neighborcare: Strong Mission Partners
We both serve low income individuals and families. SVdP offers emergency assistance to prevent eviction and becoming homeless and case management to help people achieve self-sufficiency. Neighborcare helps people with their health issues, from heart disease to type two diabetes, mental health and more.
So we think it is logical for both St. Vincent de Paul and Neighborcare Health to be in this partnership. We also think this is very unique in America—having a thrift store and a medical clinic in the same location.
Pope Francis & Thrift Shopping
Pope Francis in his recent encyclical on the environment says: “Reusing something instead of immediately discarding it, when done for the right reasons, can be an act of love which expresses our own dignity.”
Our five thrift stores are a classic model of what Pope Francis is talking about. In Seattle, Burien, Kent, Kenmore and Renton our stores are engaged in selling reused items and recycling over 4,000,000 pounds of goods and furniture annually. Shopping thrift is reuse.
And what we can’t sell, we recycle as much as we can. We are always trying to educate people to give us good items because we want to keep our garbage fees low because the net proceeds we generate in our stores are used to help people with all kinds of social services. Our stores represent the largest fund raising program for St. Vincent de Paul.
All Thrift Stores Are Not the Same
We’re an independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit. Purchases at our stores help fund our programs to help people. Some thrift stores are for profit corporations. When you buy from these stores, you aren’t really donating to help people. Om these stores, the “value” of your donation is being diluted.
With St. Vinnie’s your purchasing dollars “really matter”—meaning the proceeds from store sales have significant impact in the community. When you shop with Vincent, you are able to stretch your budget, find cool stuff and help save the planet through recycling and reuse. The truth is we are a treasure trove of some wonderful merchandise. We hear stories every week about the great finds people discover at our thrift stores.
Do some checking and you will see what we mean. When you shop with Vincent, you are able to stretch your budget, find cool stuff and help save the planet through recycling and reuse. And your purchases help fuel our programs to help people.
Catholics Supporting Catholics
Finally, when you read our mission statement you will appreciate how our work does exactly what we are told to do in the Gospels, take care of the poor and the needy. Here is our mission:
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic volunteer organization, leads individuals to join together to offer person-to-person service to the poor and the suffering. And in doing this work, we all enrich our lives spiritually.
Please support St. Vincent de Paul. We are very grateful to all the support we receive.