Agency Spotlight: St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

The Vincentian Family Center and Thrift Store is the realization of a collective vision of client-centric service. They selected their new location not only to meet growing need in North Austin, but also to ensure accessibility by public transportation. Their hours and programming have been designed with careful attention to the neighborhoods and individuals they serve.  Located at 901 W. Braker Lane in Austin, the VFC provides much-needed furniture, household goods, and clothing to families in need. Thrift operations are just one part of their commitment to serving families in need at the one-stop-shop. Revenues generated from the items that are donated are used to help the needy in the community.

Their new home also houses a food pantry, prayer room, computer lab and training classroom, 2-N-1 Salad Bar and Grill offering nutritious meals at a low cost, and offices for partnering nonprofits (including The Ladies of Charity, Drive a Senior North Central Austin, Chorus Austin and the Gladney Center for Adoption).

They also expanded their services to include a mobile thrift store called Vinny’s Mobile Thrift. The mobile thrift store brings low-cost, good quality clothing and goods from the Austin store directly to your neighborhood! From West to San Marcos, College Station to Mason, Vinny’s serves 25 counties across Central Texas.

They fully customize their inventory to meet community needs. Whether it’s back-to-school clothes, festival gear, work boots, or tailgate wear, Vinny’s will stock their truck with their best thrift items.

Every Vinny’s Mobile event serves Central Texans in need. All purchases at boutique events support the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s basic needs assistance programs. Their community events provide low-cost or free clothing to our neighbors in need.

For more information about St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and their resources, visit http://www.ssvdp.org/

 

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