Update: December 28, 2020 – SSVP Brant Response to COVID-19 Crisis

As part of the current lockdown directed by the Government of Ontario, SSVP Brant Thrift Store will be extend its holiday closure indefinitely. When the lockdown is lifted by the province we will evaluate our operation, always with the goal of keeping all staff and customers safe and comfortable. At that time we will develop our re-opening plan. Stay tuned to this website and to our social media platforms for details.

To those we serve in Brantford/Brant: if you require emergency service during this period, call the phone number for our branch (conference) that covers your area – to hear how they are adapting their service for you …

that is,

  • Blessed Sacrament- Burford, Scotland, West Brantford 519-865-1562
  • Sacred Heart – Paris & St. George 519-442-2465
  • St. Basil – central Brantford 519-752-0243
  • St. Mary – east & south Brantford 226-208-6846
  • St. Pius X – north Brantford 519-753-9052

If you are unsure which conference serves you, call the Thrift Store at 519-751-0143 (Its voice messages will be monitored.) or email ssvpbrant@gmail.com and you will be re-directed.

To our generous donors: we thank you for your patience and understanding at this time and will again gladly accept your gently-used clothing, household items and furniture when we re-open.

To our loyal shoppers: when you return to our Store after this situation is resolved we will still have the “best prices in town”. Your shopping dollars support our service to those in need in Brantford/Brant.

Finally, to our dedicated volunteers, at the Thrift Store and the conferences: Thank you to those who are finding alternative ways to serve those in need while keeping yourselves safe and healthy. Thanks to each of you for your ongoing service and commitment. Take care of yourselves. We’ll keep in touch.

This is NOT DONATING; this is DUMPING.

Dumping continues outside the SSVP Brant Thrift Store when staff is not on site, despite clearly posted messages and frequent pleas over social media. Not one of these items will go to the people served by SSVP Brant or sold in the Thrift Store to raise funds to support SSVP services for those in need. Because of vandalism and pandemic quarantine protocols, all of these items must go directly into the garbage bin – which SSVP Brant pays $150 to empty each time. Sadly, this is a recurring problem.

“We are always appreciative of the generous donations from members of our community! They are essential to our service to those in need in Brantford/Brant.” says St. Vincent de Paul local President Pat Lenz. “But, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic, we can only manage them at specific times” (Wednesday 9-12 for non-furniture items, furniture by appointment).

When useful items and those in good repair are dropped off when donations are not being accepted, they create multiple problems for the charity.

  • Poor weather causes damage to otherwise valuable donations;
  • Vandals, tearing through boxes and bags, destroy donated items;
  • Volunteers must deal with the mess left behind;
  • And, during pandemic times, all donations must be carefully quarantined when received – so anything not received properly cannot be accepted;
  • Therefore, all of these generous donations end up being sent to the landfill at our expense. Those are wasted funds that cannot be used to support those in need in our community.

Before you pack up:

  • Check out what the charity can accept – and when – via their social media (website, Facebook etc.) or email or phone.
  • If the conditions of what and when do not work for you, explore other local charity operations.
  • If, on closer look, you realize the items are not acceptable to anyone locally, call the City to arrange free pick up of your items at the curb; you can do that twice a year www.brantford.ca/en/living-here/bulk-item-pick-up.aspx

Local charities provide you with an opportunity to support their service, but disposing of items that are soiled, damaged or not useable because of vandalism or exposure from the weather is a frustrating, even costly, distraction from their service. “Please be considerate of those people in need who will not receive your damaged or destroyed donated items and the volunteers who have to clean up the mess left behind.”, appeals Ms. Lenz.

Thanks to all of you who consider donating. The SSVP Thrift Store at 143 Wellington and Clarence streets in Brantford gratefully accepts donations on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon and furniture by appointment. Learn more at www.ssvpbrant.ca or SSVP Brant Facebook page, email ssvpbrant@gmail.com or call the Store 519-751-0143.

Contact: Ms. Pat Lenz ssvpbrant@gmail.com or 519-751-0143.

COVID Benefits – Federal Government

from https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application/transition.html

Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
The Canada Recovery Benefit will provide eligible workers with $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks for those who are not employed or self-employed due to COVID-19 and who are not eligible for EI, or had their employment/self-employment income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in two-week periods.

Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to 26 weeks per household for workers unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19, or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine or is at high risk of serious health implications because of COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.

Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19, self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.

Please note that you can only receive one benefit during a time period.

For those who are eligible there is now an new Employment Insurance program. The above website provides a link for further information about EI.

Provincial Government:

Support for Learners Funding
Parents and guardians can receive a one-time payment of $200 for each child up to age 12, or $250 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs. Submit one application per child. Each application will be paid separately so if you have more than one child you may not receive payments at the same time.

The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021.

For more information please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-support-learners