Thrift stores are perhaps the original social enterprise: they maximize social impact while generating a profit. Our thrift stores located throughout the state offer gently used clothing, household goods, appliances, furniture, and new mattresses for sale to the general public. People in need who are clients of SVdP can receive vouchers to receive a number of these items at no cost. Items that are not sold or donated are sold as raw material for recyclers.
Revenue generated from these thrift stores is used to fund direct aid for clients in the form of assistance for rent, utilities, medical expenses, transportation, etc.
St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores are:
- Mission Driven: While respecting the dignity of each person they bring hope and help to people in need so they may find stability and self-sufficiency.
- Creating Jobs: Thrift stores provide training and work experience for those facing barriers to employment.
- Involving the Community: They provide opportunities for the community to understand and care for others.
- Self-Sustaining: They generate revenue to support themselves and the work of SVdP.