Jul 12, 2019
Private contractor Dan Kellems final touches this week to the exterior of the new St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store that opens Saturdayfrom 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store opens Saturday at 10 am.m. at 424 E. Jackson St. The entrance faces Vine Street is nestled between Jackson and Washington streets. Everyone is invited to shop and buy items with cash or credit card until 2 p.m. during the Grand Opening.
By LUANN MASON – For The Shelbyville News
Shelby County's less fortunate residents in many facets of everyday life.
Saturday, after nearly two years of dedicated, unselfish work, these men and women open a store for everyone in Shelby County and for visitors who might be passing through.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store opens at 10 a.m. inside the gray building at 424 E. Jackson St. The main entrance faces Vine and nestled vine between Jackson and Washington streets. A ramp entrance is on Jackson St. John is invited to shop and buy items with cash or credit card until 2 pm during the Grand Opening.
Donations of goods however will not be accepted. They can be taken to the organization's warehouse, 628 Hodell St., on the first Saturday of each month from 9 to 11 am, or by scheduling an appointment either by calling 317-395-7027 or writing an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printed information about items that are accepted “since they are basic goods people need to run a household” and items that are not accepted as donations is available at the warehouse.
For now, the Thrift Store will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Additional hours will be announced soon," said Jim Carrier, president of the St. Vincent of Paul Society of Shelby County (SVdP).
"The primary goal is to assist our less lucky friends with good quality products," he said.
Individuals, businesses, and churches have donated the items inside the store – clothing sizes (infant sizes through older adults of all genders); clothing accessories like belts and scarves; shoes in all sizes and styles; housewares; jewelry; books, and furniture. Profits from all sales at the store and given "to help our less lucky friends" who are being assisted by SVdP or to others in need of assistance, according to Carrier.
The society started taking shape here in December 2017 in Shelby County (St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church located just outside of Shelbyville on East Michigan Road, and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Shelbyville) plan to help the growing number of those in need. The need for assistance with feed and clothe their families, pay their bills, and more.
Nearly 100 volunteers pledged their time to the non-profit society that serves residents regardless of religious affiliations, race, or national origin.
"There was a great need for the poor in Shelby County, but there is a larger number of people willing to help them," said Carrier. His wife, Denise, said the entire process of establishing society, warehouse and store has been an eye-opening experience. "I didn't realize there was so much need in Shelbyville."
Volunteers from SVdP Society in Indianapolis provided guidance to the local volunteers in this endeavor.
SVdP is defined as "an international organization of men and women joining together in their spiritual growth and offering people who need help and suffering." seeking assistance from the society.
Frederic Ozanam, a 20-year-old student of Sorbonne University in Paris, France, founded the society in 1833. The mission: Witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and social justice, making no distinction between those in need because in them we see the face of Christ.
Local Authorities SVDP leaders in offering that was too good to pass up. It was a Lux family partnership, said Larry Lux, recently appointed as market president at Hodell Street and a section of the Jackson Street property, both owned by Lux .
"Susan (Lux's wife) found out the society was looking. She contacted Jim (Carrier) and they went to see the sites, "he said. Details for the society to rent space were then finalized.
"It’s all part of God’s plan and all we're doing is being servants," said Lux. “Today you do things, and it’s like anything else. God made me to be a lot more than a banker. Thank you Lord for making me a servant. "
Carrier said, "What is it?"
Denise Carrier echoed what the society's volunteer members have said time and time again during monthly meetings: “I am blessed to be able to donate my time and energy to St. Vincent Paul Society. I have witnessed the need to feed the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless here in Shelby County and it has been a rewarding experience to be a wonderful organization. It has brought me closer to God and taught me to value