Same Thing = Insanity

If you’re still doing the same thing you were doing at this time last year — and nothing’s changed (or maybe has even gotten worse) — then you might want to check out what none other than Albert Einstein said about that.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and  expecting different results”.   – Albert Einstein  (often times attributed to Ben Franklin as well)


Re-Launch Announcement

Donors, Clients and Customers

Please be advised that effective 4/17/2012, and for the next 45 to 90 days, St. Vincent de Paul will be TEMPORARILY closing thrift store operations in order to remodel and re-launch the organization.


We will still be offering services to those in need.  Please call 231-218-7525 with any immediate emergency needs.  Until construction/remodeling efforts keep us from doing so, food pantry operations will remain open by appointment only.


During this phase, we will continue to accept cash donations.  Please consider us and pray for the organization during this time of transition.  Safe, secure online donations can be made at the St Vincent de Paul Donation page , the donate link in the upper right hand corner of most pages or you may send donations by check to:

ATT: Chris Gallagher, Treasurer
Society of St Vincent de Paul
PO Box 984
Traverse City, MI 49685


We will still be accepting limited donations of gently used clothing and furniture along with food.  Please call us to make arrangements for pick-up service.


A letter will be mailed to you on or before 4/20/2012 offering further details about the future.  If for some reason you do not receive, please call us.

The vision is to re-launch operations to better serve the community and to ensure the long-term viability of the organization.  For additional information and updates please join our email newsletter by providing us your email address in the upper right-hand corner of most web pages or stay updated at our facebook page or twitter acoount.

We also welcome any suggestions or ideas you may have.  Leave us a comment.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this process.

St Vincent de Paul to Reorganize Operations

TRAVERSE CITY, MI, April 17, 2012 — The Board of Directors of the Society of St Vincent de Paul St. Francis Conference in Traverse City, Michigan have voted to temporarily cease daily thrift store and food pantry operations in order to implement organizational changes to ensure the long-term viability of the organization.  Emergency services will still be available to help needy persons during this time of transition.

Board President Margaret Sophiea stated that “Recent events have made it necessary for us to take a few steps backward in order to determine the best ways to move forward.  We look forward to the opportunity to re-launch St. Vincent de Paul in the next 45 to 90 days and further enrich the community in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.”

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Quote of the Day

Failure is the hallmark of success. It can be the starting point of a new venture, such as when a baby learns to walk; it has to fall down a lot to learn the new skill. Failure is also the mark of a success you’ve worked for. When a pole vaulter finally misses in competition, it shows how far he’s come. That failure becomes the starting point for his next effort, proving that failure is not final!

~Dave Anderson