Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Thrift store to reopen in a few weeks
Money to pay for the repairs is 'trickling in,' the society president says.
YOUNGSTOWN The St. Vincent DePaul Society's thrift store, closed since May 26 because of structural damage, is expected to reopen at the end of this month.
But the society doesn't have the money to pay the $113,000 to $122,000 bill to the company making the repairs, said Fred Pisani, St. Vincent DePaul's president.
The society is seeking contributions to pay for the repairs, he said.
"The money is trickling in," Pisani said. "We have pledges, but until the checks come in, it's not here. ... The pledges are slow in coming."
The city's board of control approved a $20,000 exterior improvement grant to the society last month to help offset the cost of the repair work.
The society sells donated items at its thrift store, using most of the proceeds to operate its soup kitchen on West Front Street.
The store closed when up to 20 bricks fell from the top of the building, on the corner of Wick and Rayen avenues, and damaged two cars. Masonry work by Curic Construction of West Middlesex, Pa., began about a month ago.
The company should be done with the work in about two weeks, depending on the weather, Pisani said.
After the repairs are made, the society plans to sell the 9,300-square-foot building and move the thrift store to a different location, he said.
The society is holding a 25th anniversary celebration at the soup kitchen from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. The kitchen serves more than 50,000 meals a year.
Without the proceeds from the thrift store, the soup kitchen would close, Pisani said.
The agency is accepting money to pay for the thrift store's repair work at St. Vincent DePaul Society, 235 Wick Ave., Youngstown 44503.
The society is also holding its annual fundraiser at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 with a Viennese Christmas show at the Edward W. Powers Auditorium on West Federal Street. Tickets are $28 each and can be obtained at the box office of the DeYor Performing Arts Center, the home of the auditorium, or by telephone at (330) 744-0264.