The roof remains collapsed and the 113-year-old building remains exposed to the elements. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Ken Brown)
St. Vincent de Paul can’t figure out a timeline for repairs until all of the proper steps are taken through all of the channels needed to make those repairs possible. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Ken Brown)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
It’s been more than a month since the roof of St. Vincent de Paul’s auxiliary warehouse collapsed during a thunderstorm in June.
The roof remains collapsed and the 113-year-old building remains exposed to the elements.
St. Vincent de Paul can’t figure out a timeline for repairs until all of the proper steps are taken through all of the channels needed to make those repairs possible.
“The process we’ve been going through so far has just been working with the insurance company, working with a structural engineer, working with a contractor to find out where we are and then working with the insurance company to find out what the next step is here,” said St. Vincent de Paul Director of Community Relations Larry Shields.
St. Vincent de Paul has owned the building on Winchell Avenue for more than three years and has hosted several events at the Cincinnati location.
One of the largest events to come through the doors of the old building is the coat drive which happens at the start of winter each year.
“The space was something that was really just a warehouse for us,” said Shields. “It was a space we could invite the community in for our coat distribution, for our adopt a family program.”
The roof may have come down on those events but the community is lifting St. Vincent de Paul up. The charity has seen an increase in donations since the storms rolled through in June.
“It’s been busy which has been good. A lot of outpouring from the city, a lot of response.” said St. Vincent de Paul Logistics Director Jim Wenstrup. “We had recently a Masonic Temple on the east side, out towards Batavia area, they responded. They filled a 53-foot trailer for us.”
Those donations have allowed St. Vincent de Paul to see a significant increase in the number of donations rolling through their doors for this time of year.
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