The St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Society is a world wide organization founded by Frederick Ozanam in Paris, France, in 1833. Ozanam was a 20 year old man inspired by the principles of St. Vincent de Paul in the early 1600’s. St. Vincent de Paul vowed his life to serving the poor with humble service.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society work is a quiet, behind the scenes non-profit organization (501 C-3). The work performed by the lay people of the society are referred to as Vincentians. the Vincentians visit and help the sick, poor, and needy with counseling, vouchers and spiritual guidance. Monies generated by the store operations go toward medical, housing, clothing, personal needs and organizations serving our common goal.
In Washington County, Wisconsin, the first St. Vincent de Paul conference was started by Msgr. Edward Stehling and ten laymen from Holy Angel’s parish of West Bend in 1954. The Holy Angel’s conference included Holy Angel’s, St. Francis Cabrini and St. Mary’s of West Bend. In addition St. Michael’s of Kewaskum, St. Killian’s of Hartford, St. Boniface of Germantown and Holy Trinity of Newburg formed conferences. These conferences are still in place today serving their local communities.The Washington County Particular Council was formed in 1956. The original St. Vincent de Paul store was opened in 1960 at 1232 North Main Street in Barton.
MEASURES WE TAKE FOR YOUR SAFETY
The safety of our employees and our customers is important to us! When we reopened our stores after Wisconsin’s mandatory Stay At Home order in March of 2020, we implemented a number of safety measures including Plexiglass shields and six-foot spacing at our registers, mandatory masks for employees and customers, sanitization of shopping carts and more frequent sanitization of our restrooms and public areas, and social distance signs throughout our stores. Most recently we installed a comprehensive air purification system in our stores that reduces airborne viruses, germs and other pathogens.
Working with the local JH Ahern Company, we are reducing the risk of pathogen spread using bi-polar ionization in our building’s existing heating and cooling system. Bi-polar ionization has been around for a long time. Bi-polar ionization systems generate both positive and negative ions in the ducts of a building where they are distributed to the occupied space. These ions perform three tasks:
- Kill mold spores and bacteria and neutralize viruses.
- Reduce particles in the air by causing the particles to stick together. These larger “clumps” of particles are easier to move back to the air handling unit and filter out, thus cleaning the air better.
- Break down odor-causing particles and oxidize them into gases like oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide and water vapor. This process will also eliminate the odor from the oxidized particles.
Read more about our system and the JF Ahern Company here.