On May 18, St. Vincent de Paul will celebrate the grand opening of a new building on its main downtown campus. The building, constructed by Ryan Companies, houses a new family resource center, expanded shelter for the elderly and disabled, and homeless services.
The new 40,000 square foot building is our first capital project in 25 years. The project is an exciting new chapter for St. Vincent de Paul, as it will expand capacity in the following ways:
The new and expanded Ozanam Manor shelter offers guests more privacy and fosters the feeling of home. Ozanam Manor Director Julia Matthies believes that environments influence personal perspective and to heave a healthy outlook, it is necessary to have a healthy home base. Our expanded Ozanam Manor shelter for the elderly and disabled will offer that homebase for our guests to find their way back.
Our Family Resource Center Director Cherylyn Strong, is anticipating that our enhanced services and additional intake offices will allow our staff to more effectively serve our guests, hear their needs and help to end their homelessness.
The opening of the newly expanded services is in perfect timing as the community has been seeing increasing need for services to prevent and end homelessness. According to Maricopa County, the number of people who are homeless and unsheltered has more than doubled since 2014.
This is all part of a $16 million capital project, completely funded by private donors and foundations. In addition to the new building, the project includes the recently opened Rob and Melani Walton Urban Farm and upcoming expansion of the Virginia G. Piper Medical and Dental Clinic.
“Thanks to the support of the community, volunteers and donors, St. Vincent de Paul’s renewed campus not only offers life-giving services to feed, clothe, house and heal, but also provides tools, solutions, and support to help individuals and families lift themselves out of poverty,” said Associate Executive Director and Chief Philanthropy Officer Shannon Clancy. “The fact that it was funded by private dollars is a true testament to the compassion and care of our community.”
With this grand opening, St. Vincent de Paul will immediately begin the second phase of the project to expand its Virginia G. Piper Medical and Dental Clinic. The project will double the dental operatory space from eight to 16 and double the medical patient capacity as well. Last year, the clinic provided over 16,000 appointments to uninsured patients.