St. Vincent de Paul–Madison breaks ground on expanded thrift store

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul–Madison broke ground on an expanded thrift store and community programming building project on March 13.

St. Vincent de Paul–Madison plans to demolish and reconstruct the Baldwin Street side of the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in the Williamson-Baldwin Neighborhood and extend current retail space. The Williamson Street side of the thrift store will remain open throughout construction.

On the Baldwin-Williamson Street corner of the property, St. Vincent de Paul–Madison will build a second floor to accommodate the new St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Program. The Seton Program provides wrap-around, flexible, individualized support to single adult-headed families with minor children who have been homeless or living in precarious doubled-up situations. The goal is to stabilize them in permanent housing to avoid a recurrence of homelessness and the adverse effects on their physical and emotional well-being.

Demolition of the buildings at 401 and 409 S. Baldwin St. and 1303 Williamson St. will commence in March and April 2023.