By Lauren Mickler
EUGENE, Ore. — St. Vincent De Paul is moving from Seneca to north Eugene right down the street from Costco.
Executive Director Terry McDonald says this is the biggest move for the organization in 30 years — and something it’s definitely ready for.
“We thought about adding on to out Seneca site, but it really is too small a footprint. We thought about moving away from a place that was remote from our processing and manufacturing and retail, but that didn’t seem like a good idea,” McDonald said.
But McDonald says finding the seven acres on Chad Drive makes it possible to do everything in one place.
It has lots of office space upstairs, which McDonald says employees desperately need.
A retail store and drive-through donation center will be downstairs.
And a 25,000 square foot warehouse processing will be in the back, where customers will also be able to see an interactive display showing where all their donations and recyclables go.
“So if you’re dropping off your styrofoam, we want to be able to say, ‘Well here’s the styrofoam machine and this is how it works.’ Or the window glass comes in, oh where does that go? Or the mattress gets dropped off, well it’s broken down and turned into other products,” McDonald said.
There will still be retail, manufacturing and processing at the Seneca site.
Also, with the Chad Drive addition, St. Vincent de Paul will need more hands, so it will be hiring 20 new employees.
Different parts of the facility will be done at different times, but all of it should be finished by the end of June.