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.

Donations welcomed July 2nd (details below)

Next week we will continue to accept gently used clothing and household items (no furniture at this time), ONLY on
Thursday, July 2nd between 12 noon and 3 p.m.
at SSVP Brant Thrift Store, 143 Wellington, Brantford
Thanks for your patience with our gradual re-opening process.

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.

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 25- (Details below)

We will continue to accept gently used clothing and household items (no furniture at this time) this upcoming week, ONLY on
Thursday, June 25th 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.

SSVP Brant Response to Covid-19 Crisis

To help our community and our world manage this threat, SSVP Brant Thrift Store will be closed from Tuesday, March 17th until Monday, April 6th inclusive. At that time we will re-assess the situation, following the advice of the Brant County Health Unit.

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Youth (not necessarily!) Wasted on the Young!!!

By Peter Giordano, SSVP Brant VP (Youth)

Note: This article is best read while playing Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love” in the background.

♪♫  I believe the children are our future…  ♪♫ Continue reading “Youth (not necessarily!) Wasted on the Young!!!”

Blessing and Dedication of SSVP Brant Thrift Store

May 11, 2019, Brantford, ON.

It’s a celebration and a blessing of our new Thrift Store.

His Excellency, Bishop Douglas Crosby O.M.I.  from the Diocese of Hamilton helped celebrate the opening of the new Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Brant Thrift Store in Brantford with his blessing ceremony on Saturday May 11, 2019. In addition to his blessing of the new Thrift Store Bishop Crosby recognized the work of the Brant volunteer Vincentians in helping our neighbours in need. The Bishop  stated, “This impressive new Thrift Store is a testament to the ongoing work of local Vincentian volunteers whose mission is to live the message of the gospel to serve Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.” “It was a privilege to have Bishop Crosby here to give his blessing of our new Thrift Store in Brantford” stated Pat Lenz, President, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Particular Council of Brant.

The move to the new Thrift Store at 143 Wellington Street at Clarence has been at least three years in the making since the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul decided to sell their store on Colborne Street and purchase the former Crosby Cable YMCA building.

Volunteers conducted tours for the Bishop and his deanery, dignitaries, donors and honoured invited guests. An inspiring Wall of Recognition acknowledging donors to the capital campaign was unveiled to those in attendance. Some of those recognized The City of Brantford, The Diocese of Hamilton, Empire Homes, SC Johnson & Son, Hankinson Foundation, Don & Joanne Wilkin, Steve & Helen Kun and Ron and Joan Underwood & Family. The Catholic Women’s League of St. Pius Church conducted a private reception then the new store opened to the public for shopping from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

The new Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store offers free parking for over 70 vehicles. The entire facility is on one floor making it accessible for all. It has twice the retail space, twice the loading space, twice the sorting area, a volunteer staff lunchroom, and a large boardroom and reception area including a drive up door to accept donations.

In addition, the sparkling new retail space offers clothing in one large area for women, men, and children, furniture in another area and household items in still another area. The larger space, large aisles, new shopping carts, larger private change rooms and more choice makes for a pleasant shopping experience. What also makes the SSVP Brant Thrift Store unique is that all of the people who work in the store are volunteers, including supervisory staff. Although the Society is a lay Catholic organization store volunteers come from all backgrounds and need not be affiliated with any religious organization.

Vincentians were grateful to Bishop Crosby for the blessing ceremony and look forward to seeing new  shoppers as well as familiar faces from their previous location at their new Thrift Store.   

Mother’s Day Outreach by SSVP Brant Thrift Store

 

May 8, 2019 by Director of Systemic Change Marg Beach: The SSVP Brant Thrift Store went out to the Stepping Stones Resource Centre at Riverside Gardens on May 8th to coincide with a children’s after school activity.  A variety of our jewellery was put on display.  Each child was able to choose a gift for their mother for Mother’s Day.  Gift bags and boxes were also supplied so that each piece of jewellery was ready for giving. Continue reading “Mother’s Day Outreach by SSVP Brant Thrift Store”