St. Vincent de Paul Breaks Ground on New Outreach Center

St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati broke ground this morning on its new 36,000-square-foot Outreach Center, allowing the organization to better fulfill its mission of serving those residents of Cincinnati and Hamilton County who are struggling and in need.

Bishop Joe Binzer of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati began the day by blessing the site and offering up words of prayer for the help and hope that the neighbors will receive there, while Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley spoke about how much the people of the city are blessed to be able to come to a place such as St. Vincent de Paul and receive such a wide range of assistance, from food in the Lindner Choice Food Pantry to medicine through the Charitable Pharmacy to rent and utility assistance and more.

Completion of the long-planned and much-needed Outreach Center is expected in the Fall of 2019.

Benefits of the new Outreach Center include:

  • All services will be available simultaneously. Currently, due to space limitations, the Edyth and Carl Lindner Choice Food Pantry, Charitable Pharmacy and other services that operate in the current Outreach Center can’t be open at the same time. Neighbors can then take care of all their needs in one day instead of having to come back on multiple days.
  • Neighbors will not have to wait outside the building in long lines. The current lobby and waiting area only hold a few people.
  • Individuals with physical limitations will be able to navigate our building with safety and ease.
  • Programs like the Fan and Air Conditioner Distribution, the Coat Drive and Angel Toy will be held on-site, reducing the transportation barrier many neighbors face and significantly improving organizational efficiency.

The new Outreach Center is on the site of the former Young and Bertke warehouse, known for its iconic tinman sign that faced I-75. SVDP acquired the site in 2012. SVDP has occupied the building across the street from the site since 1962. It is a former mattress warehouse that was constructed in the 1870s, and will remain the organization’s administrative offices and Ozanam Center for Service Learning.

The project is being funded through contributions to the Upward Spiral Comprehensive Campaign. To date, $9.3 million of the $12 million campaign goal has been raised. This is only the second campaign in the 149-year history of SVDP. The organization successfully completed a $2.5 million campaign in 2006, which helped fund the opening of the Charitable Pharmacy and the original renovations of the Liz Carter Outreach Center.

The Campaign also includes funds for a Conference Assistance Fund benefiting SVDP’s 56 parish-based volunteer groups across Hamilton County.

The Outreach Center was designed by GBBN and is being built by Haglage Construction.

“With the new Outreach Center, we will be able to better address the needs of our neighbors,” St. Vincent de Paul Executive Director Mike Dunn said during the Groundbreaking. “Instead of having to come down one day to visit the food pantry and another day to visit the Charitable Pharmacy, neighbors will be able to get all of those services during one visit.”

“St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati is a beacon of hope for those in our community,” added Bart Kohler, co-chair of the Upward Spiral Comprehensive Campaign, “and together, we can ensure more of our neighbors find the help and hope they need to move upward.”