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St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop “Superstore” to Open in Old JC Penney Outlet on Glendale in Sparks

Posted on: February 20th, 2015 by Auburn Harrison No Comments

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RENO, Nev. – The St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop, a major source of funding for the free food and social service programs under the Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada umbrella, will soon be doubling in size. This week, the 501c3 nonprofit organization signed a lease to occupy to old JC Penney Outlet store on Glendale Avenue in Sparks. This move will greatly increase the impact the St. Vincent’s Programs will have on helping local people living in poverty.


The St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop will begin renovations on the 30,000 square-foot building immediately, and has plans to open a St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop “superstore” to expand the current store which opened at 500 East Fourth Street in 1999. The new store on Glendale will nearly double the size of the current store, and is also expected to more than double the amount of revenue available to pay for food, clothing, shelter and other free provided by our St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop. 100% of income from the St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop stays in the local community to help people and families in need.


Much like the current St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop model, the superstore will feature second hand and vintage furniture, clothing, household items and much more, all of which are donated to our agency by people in our community. In 2014, these donations made up close to 15 percent of the total operating budget for Catholic Charities. When someone donates to our store, the items are either given away free to clients, or they are sold in our store to help fund our 11 other free human needs programs. In the past five years, our agency has acquired a handful of new programs, and we continue to grow. In 2014, we provided more than 350,000 direct services to our clients.


The new St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop is expected to open by Memorial Day of 2015. The Glendale location will also act as a fourth donation drop-off location for our local area. We hope to announce a date soon to invite the community to drop off gently used furniture, clothing and other items. In the meantime, we are currently collecting donations at the following three locations:

  • St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop – 500 East Fourth Street Reno, NV 89512 (at Valley Road)
  • Donation Drop-off Center – 4670 Sparks Boulevard (at Vista Avenue in Sparks)
  • Donation Drop-off Center – 3590 West Plumb Lane (at McCarran Blvd in Reno)


The original St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop will continue operation in its current location at 500 E. Fourth Street, but on a smaller scale. This is where we will distribute vouchers to clients for free clothing, jackets, blankets, shoes and other household items on an as-needed basis.

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St. Vincent’s Seeking Donations of Warm Clothing for Project Homeless Connect

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 by Auburn Harrison No Comments

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In preparation for our collaborative “Project Homeless Connect” event coming up in late January, we are asking the community for donations of warm gloves, beanies, scarves, coats, new socks and underwear, sunscreen, first aid items, sleeping bags, travel-sized toiletry items (razors, shampoo, soap, combs, oral hygiene items, etc.), and non-perishable food and snacks.


Our agency, in partnership with about 60 other local nonprofit organizations that work with the homeless population, will distribute the donated items at the annual “Project Homeless Connect” event coming up on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to noon at the Reno Events Center on 4th and Center Streets in Downtown Reno. The event is part of a community-wide plan to help connect homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless with a one-stop shop for services, such as: medical, dental and vision care, disability services, haircuts, job resources, pet care, housing assistance, and much more. An estimated 1,000 homeless men, women and children will be welcomed and connected to service providers at the event. This is the seventh annual year of the “Project Homeless Connect” event in Reno, and it has become an effective, organized effort to coordinate services and connect with people living in poverty.


Donations can be dropped off between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day at our St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop at 500 East 4th Street in downtown Reno. Upon drop off, please specify that the donated items are for “Project Homeless Connect.”  For more information, contact Anne Schiller at (775)691-7768 or aschiller@ccsnn.org.