SVdPLA Thrift Stores Reopen

Categories: COVID-19 Information, News

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Thrift ​Stores
Are Now Open To The Public

LOS ANGELES (June 2, 2020)​ — Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles (SVDPLA) has announced the reopening of​ their thrift stores in both LA and Long Beach. With the health and safety of our employees, customers and community as a priority, SVDPLA moved forward and reopened its stores on June 1, 2020, after temporarily closing on March 20th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the unemployment crisis brought on by COVID-19, SVDPLA is proud to report that no employee was laid off during the thrift stores’ temporary closure. ​With homelessness and SkidRow at the core of the organization, SVDPLA continues to provide traditional shelter and resources to the Skid Row community, while helping people move into permanent housing and supplying furniture and clothing to those in need. ​The reopening of our stores is a blessing, as its profits will return to funding the aforementioned programs to the benefit of our employees and communities.

Since reopening​, SVDPLA has implemented​ the following precautions​ to help keep customers and their employees safe and healthy:

● Conducting health screenings for employees, including having their temperature taken daily before working.

● Providing masks, hand sanitizer and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to our employees.

● We will be ​taking steps to allow for social distancing of six feet or more, including limiting the number of customers and employees in the store.

● Increasing cleaning and sanitation.

In addition to the reopening and increased precautions regarding COVID-19, SVDPLA has been keeping up with the accelerated changes of customer needs by ​working toward implementing an option for e-commerce. SVdPLA is fortunate to once again serve the thrifter community as well as resume generating funding towards our homelessness prevention and relief programs.

ABOUT SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL Located Downtown Los Angeles, St. Vincent de Paul is an international, Catholic volunteer organization that serves the needy of any religious background. SVDP was founded in Paris, France in 1833 by a compassionate college student, Frederic Ozanam, and for more than 100 years Vincentian Volunteers have served the suffering in Southern California. SVDP of Los Angeles helps the needy become self-sufficient by providing financial and emotional support, food, clothing, furniture, appliances and housing, as well as connecting the disadvantaged to helpful resources in Los Angeles.