Ending Poverty Thru Systemic Change

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul does not exist to simply help make poverty more tolerable.  We are here to impact and improve lives.  Life was not meant to be a miserable existence.  God does not want that for his children.

The foundation of our local “Teach a Man to Fish” program can be summarized with the overall message from our National President about the theme of systemic change posted below.

The Definition of Insanity

“Doing the same things over and over and over again, and expecting different results.”

Out With The Old

This past week, Board member Chris Gallagher donned his “Bob the Builder” wear and helped finish the task of removing all contents from the old location.  Our new store opened on July 5th at 1207 Woodmere Ave, Traverse City, MI — 1 mile South of the Traverse City dsitrict library.

Traverse City St. Francis High School freshman Victor did his share of hard work too.

Thanks guys!

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.

PROGRAM RECIPIENTS:

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.

CASH DONATIONS:

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

DONATED GOODS or FOOD:

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.

VOLUNTEERS – MEMBERS – SUPPORTERS

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.