The Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Fort Wayne and Easterseals Arc of northeast Indiana have joined forces in what the organization’s leaders call “a meeting made in heaven.”
Since last fall, a large group of volunteers from Easterseals Arc’s Transitions program have been working at Paul Thrift’s St. Vincent store on South Calhoun Street. The program connects adults with disabilities to community volunteer opportunities to help them develop fundamental job skills for employment.
The partnership has been a resounding success on many levels. Thrift store sales are on the rise. This enables the organization to better fulfill its mission of empowering people and eradicating poverty through a variety of programs.
Volunteers gain valuable work experience in the retail sector. When the donations arrive in the warehouse, they sort all the items, then tag and hang the clothes. Volunteers develop social skills by interacting with donors who drop off items and have in-store interactions with customers. Most importantly, they built strong relationships with the thrift store staff.
Be sure to watch this week’s story to see why the partnership between St. Vincent de Paul and Easterseals Arc is Positively Fort Wayne!