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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.


Donations welcomed June 16 & 18 (Details below)

We will continue to accept gently used clothing and household items (no furniture at this time) this upcoming week, specifically on
Tuesday, June 16th between 9 am and 12 noon and
Thursday, June 18th 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.


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.


UPDATE April 5, 2020: SSVP Brant Response to Covid-19 Crisis

To help our community and our world manage this threat, SSVP Brant Thrift Store has been closed since Tuesday, March 17th.

As we do not qualify as an “essential business” in the province we could not re-open at this time even if we decided this would be feasible or wise. At this time it is our plan to extend the closing of our Store until (at least) May 4, 2020. Continue reading “UPDATE April 5, 2020: SSVP Brant Response to Covid-19 Crisis”