Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Thrift Store Mission Statement

St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Stores throughout the United States are mutually formed in an association of lay employees and volunteers dedicated to serving our needy sisters and brothers. All who come to our Stores are welcomed with dignity and respect. Our hope is they leave as friends and return to shop with us again. Those who cannot afford the clothing, furniture and other household items are provided them through a Vincentian referral system.

Customers, employees and volunteers are treated equally without regard to race, color, creed, age, gender or national origin. All, including the disadvantaged, handicapped and persons with special needs, are employed so that we may all benefit from the talents and abilities of everyone seeking employment.

Serving Christ’s needy is the primary goal of all St. Vincent DePaul Stores. In this ministry, we pledge to use sound business practices. Surplus funds will be dedicated to the support of the Parish Conferences and charitable causes of the Society approved by our Councils and Boards of Directors.

You are the servant of the poor….They are your Masters, and the more difficult they will be, the more unjust and insulting, the more love you must give them. It is your love alone that the poor will forgive you the bread you will give them.”

St. Vincet de Paul, 1581-1660