Thanks to local architectural and engineering firm Parkhill, Smith & Cooper (PSC), the renovated St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is set to once again help the borderland’s less fortunate.
Irma H. Trujillo, General Manager of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, El Paso Thrift Stores, said the volunteer efforts for the repair and remodeling of the group’s thrift store at 2104 North Piedras in El Paso are vital to the society’s mission of helping the poor.
PSC provided a site evaluation, a charrette session with the Thrift Store Committee, development of concept exhibits, budget estimates, construction drawings, and construction administration services.
The improvements made include remodeling of the entrance and bathrooms for ADA compliance, replacement of plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems, repair of structural damage to the floor, adding a Clothing Change room, remodeling the volunteer and employee break room, improving the layout of the sorting room, installing a cart lift between the basement and ground floor, remodeling the storefront, and making floor room enhancements to better showcase items for sale.
The Thrift Store in Central El Paso provides second-hand clothing, furniture and household goods to low-income families in need, as well as serving the community by selling inexpensive basic need items, such as refurbished mattresses.
As part of a Catholic outreach network, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul aims to embrace the hurting poor in a network of charitable help.
Parkhill, Smith & Cooper opened its El Paso office in 1958, as a multidisciplinary firm that provides comprehensive architectural and engineering design services for a multitude of projects in government, commercial and institutional sectors – including K-12 and higher education, public works, water resources, infrastructure, transportation, healthcare and church facilities.
A blessing and ribbon-cutting for the renovated St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will take place at 3 p.m. Monday, September 25th. Bishop Mark Sietz will officiate.