The St. James Caring Center Thrift Store and Senior Center are closing their doors to the public due to preventing the spread of COVID-19 until further notice. The Caring Center will continue to accept donations and benevolent services, but the store itself will no longer be open to the public.
“Our mantra is ‘Caring for our Community.’ We are doing our best to provide as many services as possible,” Caring Center Director Nancy Montgomery said. “Effective immediately. The St. James Caring Center Thrift Store will be closed until further notice.”
Even as more and more St. James businesses have temporarily closed or changed the structure of their operation, the Caring Center Thrift Store has worked to remain open for people to find items and supplies they might need, while taking necessary sanitization and social distancing protocol for as long as possible. For the safety of the volunteers and users of the facility, operations will be limited to benevolent services and accepting donations during this time.
“We will still be accepting donations from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday,” Montgomery explained. After-hours donations should be placed in the after-hours drop box located the at the north end of the Caring Center building.” Furniture and large item donations will also continue to be accepted and can be placed at the entrance of the facility to ensure they are out of the weather. The Caring Center does not accept mattresses, box springs, televisions, or computers.
The facility will continue their benevolent services, including food distribution during the closure. “Benevolent services will be provided via curb-side (pickup). Please call 573-265-2047 after entering the parking lot,” Montgomery explained. “We will come to your vehicle to distribute paperwork. Should you request emergency food services, we will deliver the cart to your car.”
Those getting emergency food services are not to enter the building and someone from the Caring Center will ensure the food is provided. To receive emergency food services, the person must provide proof of residency and a social security card for all residents in the household.
The Caring Center has set up a donation option on their Facebook page for those wanting to help fill the emergency food pantry, but are uncomfortable shopping and donating items. Non-perishable food items and hygiene products are being provided through emergency food pantry program, but the organization is having trouble keeping the pantry stocked. Physical donations can still be brought to the facility during this time for those wanting to donate with specific items.
Also, the St. James Senior Center will be closed until further notice and AARP Tax preparation appointments have been canceled.
“Take this time to reflect on all the good in the world. Pray for healing and a return to our normal lifestyle. This will pass and what will be remembered is how we helped each other,” Montgomery said.
Anyone with questions about receiving emergency food services are encouraged to contact the Caring Center to learn more. The Caring Center is located at 113 West Eldon Street.