In the early morning hours of Monday, October 12, St. Vincent de Paul's food pantry storage facility became engulfed in flames and soon became a total loss. This is a devastating loss for our community, thier team and the clients that are served by SVDP.
St. Vincent de Paul of Temple, 106 W. Ave. D, has served people in need for decades and now the charitable organization needs the community’s help.
The damaged building held non-perishable food, freezers filled with food, clothing and supplies that helped to fill the needs of 1,500 pantry clients per month. This includes guests that need assistance via CPS, the TISD clothing voucher program, our homeless and domestic violence clients. This building will have to be replaced.
The St. Vincent de Paul thrift store already struggled because of COVID-19, but the fire has made helping the homeless and weekly pantry visitors much harder. The thrift store sustained some water damage because of the efforts to put out the fire. The sheetrock on the back of the building was waterlogged and needs to be replaced. The floor was damaged, and the tiles are popping up. It is estimated that the thrift store will be closed for two months.
Currently, they are asking you to donate to help rebuild the food pantry storage facility, repair the thrift store and to purchase more food and restock the needed supplies.
SVDP could not survive without the financial support, prayers, of individuals, churches, companies and other agencies in the community.