A large turnout from the community attended the celebration and blessing for the new Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Brantford.
The opening was held Saturday with His Excellency Bishop Douglas Crosby from the Diocese of Hamilton.
The move to the new Thrift Store at 143 Wellington Street at Clarence has been at least three years in the making since the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul decided to sell their store at 197 Colborne Street and purchase the former Crosby Cable YMCA building.
An inspiring Wall of Recognition acknowledging financial and in-kind donors was unveiled to those in attendance.
Some of the donors recognized include SC Johnson and Son Ltd., Brantford Engineering and Construction Ltd., Empire Homes Ltd., The City of Brantford, Millards Chartered Professional Accountants and Waterous Holden Amey Hitchon LLP.
A special plaque was also unveiled to acknowledge dedicated Vincentians who have unselfishly given of their time over the years.
The new Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store offers free parking for over 70 vehicles. The entire facility is on one floor making it accessible for all.
(Photos from Peter Albano, Communications Director)