Furniture Donations Now Accepted

We are (finally) ready to resume acceptance of your generous donations of furniture.

Our priority continues to be furniture essential to the lifestyles of those we serve. That would include something to sit on, sleep on, eat at – of modest sizes as so many of us now live in smaller spaces. Out of respect for all of our customers we require that the items be clean and in good shape.

Because of pandemic restrictions, we must handle all donations carefully, for the safety and comfort of all of our customers and volunteers. One major precaution is that all donations are quarantined for a period of time when they are received before they are processed by our volunteers. For this reason the following restrictions are in place:

  • Drop off of furniture items can be arranged by appointment.
  • Pick up of items (usually on a Saturday, from a sheltered outdoor location only) can be arranged.

Email ssvpbrant@gmail.com, ideally attaching picture(s) of item(s) on offer, or call 519-751-0143 to make arrangements.

Thanks to all of our generous donors for your patience and for your ongoing support of our service to those in need in Brantford and Brant County.

Thrift Store Update August 25, 2020

Our current hours of opening for shopping continue to be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 am to 2:30 pm.

We continue to accept donations on Wednesdays between 9 am and 12 noon.

In order to achieve safe physical distancing in our Store for our customers and our volunteers, we continue to limit the number of customers in the retail space.

Thanks to all for your patience, understanding and cooperation as our 100% volunteer staff continues to serve the community.Part of this process involves restricting entrance to one person per family group and to people over the age of 15.

The Priest with the Vincentian Heart

As a student at Cathedral High School in the late 1980s, Peter Ciallella was a Vincentian.  In 2017, as Father Peter, he was sent to serve at Blessed Sacrament parish in Burford (and St. Anthony Daniel, Scotland).

Two activities that he undertook immediately have come together in this time of pandemic. Father Peter’s Vincentian heart lead him to embrace his role as Spiritual Advisor to Blessed Sacrament conference.  His experience of service in Latin America lead him to begin a ministry to the migrant workers who come each year to work in this agricultural area.   “… on one Sunday a month from about April to October, Blessed Sacrament offers the workers English lessons and access to WiFi sometimes not available at the farms. Fluent in Spanish, Ciallella delivers a service in the workers’ native language, followed by a meal prepared by church volunteers. As many as 100 workers show up.” (Brantford Expositor June 10, 2020)

Faced with a Covid-19 outbreak at a large farm operation in a neighbouring county, Father Peter publicly addressed community reaction to workers being quarantined in Brant hotels: “I know their intention was not to assign blame on the migrant farm workers, but rather to point out the bureaucratic flaws in poor planning and communication,’ Ciallella said in a letter to The Expositor.  “Unfortunately, this can escalate the tension and fears and lead to a certain amount of backlash and xenophobia, which has been evident.” (Brantford Expositor June 10, 2020)

Instead Father was approached by President Mary Risi and past-President Doreen Fader of Blessed Sacrament conference seeking a positive response to the situation.  With the support of parishioners and conference members from across the Brant deanery, more than 200 gift bags were provided to workers as they finished their quarantine.

Sadly, Mexican worker, Juan Lopez Chaparro, succumbed to the virus in June. With the local health officer, Father Peter visited the bunkhouses of Juan’s colleagues to personally deliver the tragic news. “We addressed their concerns and offered prayers for their companion,” said Ciallella. “It took us over two hours. It was quite an emotional and moving experience.” (Simcoe Reformer, June 21, 2020)

During a memorial Mass, Father shared words from Juan’s wife.  “Remember my husband, the man that he was — a good man, a kind-hearted man, a man of peace.” (Catholic Register July 4, 2020) Because many coworkers were unable to attend due to pandemic restrictions, Facebook livestream was arranged with an eventual upload to YouTube.

Father Peter also established a GoFundMe campaign for Juan’s family. He continues his advocacy for the workers: “Workers have been afraid to speak up for fear of losing their jobs or being sent back to Mexico,” said Ciallella. “This could be a turning point.” (Brantford Expositor, June 25, 2020)

Then word came about a second farm operation with a small group of workers. Because of their isolation they have been unable to shop.  Through contact with local Vincentian Wies Stys, Father Peter arranged for work clothing to be provided to these men from the SSVP Brant Thrift Store. Also at the Store is a quantity of non-perishable food awaiting resumption of full SSVP food bank service to those in need locally. Store volunteers have prepared and dispatched boxes of items deemed suitable for the workers’ diet.

This priest with the Vincentian heart truly exemplifies the Vincentian value to “help in all possible ways”.

Delivery Resumes!

Thanks to our amazing, committed volunteer delivery team.  As of Saturday, August 8th we have resumed delivery of furniture items (purchased with vouchers or money). Thanks to our patient customers for understanding that the team can only deliver to the front door of your building – to keep all as safe and comfortable as possible.

Welcome Back, Shoppers!!

Finally!!! Welcome back, shoppers!!  Next week, Tuesday (July 14th) & Thursday (July 16th) & Friday (July 17th), we will open to shoppers from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

To keep all customers and volunteers safe, please note:

  • Face coverings are required for all shoppers (and volunteers).
  • One customer per family please (none under age 16).
  • Leave backpacks at home or in your vehicle if possible.
  •  Use of debit is encouraged (no minimum) but cash is accepted.

We will also accept donations next week ONLY on Wednesday, 15th between 9 a.m. and 12 noon. Please note:

  • Our volunteers will not handle your donations. Please follow their direction to place your items in the carts provided where they will be quarantined until it is safe for our volunteers to process them.
  • If items are packed in a box please close the top of the box to permit most efficient use of our storage space.

Donations Welcomed July 9th (Details Below)

We ARE getting closer to opening for shoppers.  Stay tuned!!

Meanwhile we will accept gently used clothing and household items (no furniture at this time), ONLY on Thursday, July 9th between 12 noon and 3 p.m. at SSVP Brant Thrift Store, 143 Wellington, Brantford

PLEASE note:

  • Our volunteers will not handle your donations. Please follow their direction to place your items in the carts provided where they will be quarantined until it is safe for our volunteers to process them.
  • If items are packed in a box please close the top of the box to permit most efficient use of our storage space.

SSVP Brant Service to Those in Need Resumes

Our volunteers have resumed meeting (by phone) with anyone in need of clothing and household items, as well as food.

Call our conference (branch) in your area of the city or county for assistance:

  • Central Brantford: St. Basil Conference 519-752-0243
  • East & south Brantford: St. Mary Conference – 226-208-6846
  • North Brantford: St. Pius X Conference 519-753-9052
  • West Brant, Burford, Scotland: Blessed Sacrament Conference 519-865-1562
  • Paris & St. George: Sacred Heart Conference 519-442-2465

Donations welcomed June 9 & 11 (Details below)

Time to pass on the generous donations you have been stockpiling – to SSVP Brant!!!
We will accept gently used clothing and household items (no furniture at this time) on
Tuesday, June 9th between 9 am and 12 noon and
Thursday, June 11th between 12 noon and 3 p.m.
at SSVP Brant Thrift Store, 143 Wellington, Brantford
PLEASE note:
> Our volunteers will not handle your donations. Please follow their direction to place your items in the carts provided where they will be quarantined until it is safe for our volunteers to process them.
> If items are packed in a box please close the top of the box to permit most efficient use of our storage space.
> Our retail space has not yet reopened; we’re taking it slowly to keep everyone safe & healthy.

Thanks for your ongoing support of our service to our neighbours in need in Brantford/Brant.

Update – May 2, 2020: SSVP Brant Response to Covid-19 Crisis

SSVP Brant Thrift Store remains closed under the province’s Emergency Orders. Keep checking our FaceBook page and ssvpbrant.ca for updates.

To those we serve: if you require emergency service (food assistance only) during this period call the phone number for our branch (conference) that covers your area:

  • Burford, Scotland, West Brant – Blessed Sacrament: 519-865-1562
  • Paris & St. George – Sacred Heart: 519-442-2465
  • Central Brantford – St. Basil: 519-752-0243
  • East & South Brantford – St. Mary: 226-208-6846 (no office hours at this time)
  • North Brantford – St. Pius X: 519-753-9052.

To our dedicated volunteers: we miss you, hope you are staying safe – and sane – and wish that we can be together some time soon to continue our service to those in need in Brantford/Brant.

To those who support us:

  • Your best wishes and prayers are appreciated.
  • Thank you for holding your donations of gently used items until we are re-opened and ready to accept and process them in a safe manner.
  • With our Store and our parishes closed, the funds necessary for our service are unavailable to us. If you are able, your financial support is welcome. Click here to donate directly to our local service.

Information for our Neighbours in Need during the Pandemic- as of April 17, 2020

Local Notes

School-aged children have been missing out on the breakfast and snack programs offered at school. Brant Food for Thought will now be distributing Nutritious Food Boxes through the Food Bank, the Salvation Army (city and Paris locations), Brant Community Church, the 3 large rent-geared-to-income sites and the Burford Food Bank. Their website gives info re: times and procedures.

https://brantfoodforthought.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/How-and-Where-to-access-BFFT-emergency-food_chart-April-2020.pdf

The Brantford Food Bank is now closed on Mondays. They had planned to transition (in March) to a shopping on points basis for clients but this is been delayed.

Brantford Transit has reduced service to hourly and is limiting the number of passengers but the service is free at present.

Government Benefits due to Pandemic

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

  • is a taxable benefit that provides $2,000 a month for up to four months for workers who lose income as a result of the pandemic due to job loss, illness, quarantine, caring for others (including children) and work disruption
  • an individual can earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.

The CERB is available to workers who meet all of the following conditions:

  • live in Canada and are at least 15 years old
  • stopped working because of COVID-19 or are eligible for EI regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and Oct. 3, 2020
  • did not voluntarily quit their job and had income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application
  • would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) and are unable to work due to COVID-19
  • CERB also applies to contract workers and self-employed individuals
  • Canadians who would have received EI benefits below the $2,000-per-month threshold will now be bumped up to the maximum payment
  • EI-eligible workers will still qualify for their usual benefits, whether lower or higher than $2000-per-month, after the four-month CERB period
  • those applying for EI sickness benefits are no longer required to provide a medical certificate
  • applications opened online and by phone on April 6, with payments to arrive within five days for direct deposits and within 10 days for cheques by mail
  • more information is available at canada.ca/coronavirus-CERB

 

GST Credit Increase

Those eligible for the GST credit will receive a one-time special payment of about $400 for singles and $600 for couples on April 9. More information about eligibility

The extra payment amount will be received automatically for those who normally receive the GST/HST credit and have filed a 2018 tax return. Payments will be issued on April 9, 2020.

Canada Child Benefit Increase

The maximum annual CCB payment amount will increase for the 2019-20 benefit year by $300 per child as part of the May payment. The average increase for families will be approximately $550.

The income tax filing deadline for individuals is now June 1.  Individuals that owe taxes can defer payments until September. The Canada Revenue Agency has also halted debt collection.

Those who expect to receive the GST credit and/or Canada Child Benefit (CCB) should file their 2019 returns as soon as possible to ensure their entitlements for the 2020-21 benefit year are properly determined.

Ontario Government’s $200 Childcare Support Benefit

Eligible parents will receive a one-time per child payment of:

  • $200 for children aged 0 to 12
  • $250 for children or youth aged 0 to 21 with special needs
  • this benefit is available to parents irrespective of their income
  • if parents are already receiving Support for Parents’ payments (due to the teacher’s strike) through direct deposit, they will be automatically eligible for this financial support and do not need to submit a new application
  • Applications can only be submitted online.

Student Loans – Payments are paused from March 30 until Sept. 30, with no accrual of interest.

No new eviction notices are to be issued and sheriffs have been advised not to follow through on existing eviction orders.