St. Vincent de Paul to begin accepting some donations

St. Vincent de Paul in St. Johns will be open for donations only starting Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The retail store is not yet open.

Initial hours will be reduced from Noon to 4:00 p.m.

For everyone’s safety, donations will be quarantined for 72 hours, so the receiving area may get filled up. If it does, they will post a sign at the back and a message on their Facebook page that they are temporarily unable to accept any more donations.

Please approach the donation area from Sturgis Street. This will allow ONE-WAY traffic for everyone’s safety.

Donation carts will be placed near the first brown overhead door that you will see as you drive up (see photo). Donations will not be accepted at the former donation area.

The donation process is intended to be “touchless.” You place your BAGGED or BOXED items in the appropriate cart labeled CLOTHES and SMALLER ITEMS. To minimize unnecessary exposure to others, please wait for the person ahead of you to finish placing their items in the marked carts.

During this initial period, please only bring smaller items that would normally fit in to a larger tote because the holding space while quarantining is limited.

If you would like a receipt, please ring the bell.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as they begin to reopen.

Scheduled Soapbox Derby cancelled

At this time the St. Johns Soapbox Derby is mandated by state and local guidelines concerning the Covid-19 pandemic. Even though they would rather be racing and socializing with their soapbox derby friends, health and well-being must come first.

The 2020 Soapbox Derby event is now cancelled. Organizers will be looking at the possibility of some practice days and fun runs later in the year. Those dates will need to be determined later as they evaluate restrictions and public health.

All racers and sponsors will be contacted shortly about race fees and sponsor donations. Meanwhile organizers will use this time to start planning a spectacular 2021 Soap Box derby race in downtown St. Johns. Stay safe, and remember to wash your hands.

Virtual workshop offered by Tri-County Office on Aging

1.Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is designed for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. The workshop includes diabetes education in an interactive style. Participants are taught effective tools to better self-manage their condition and its impact on their life.
What: Diabetes PATH workshop
Where: Virtually with Zoom
When: Tuesdays, June 2 – July 7, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Pre-workshop Zoom orientation Tuesday, May 26 at 1:00 p.m.

Cost: The workshop is free of charge but donations are accepted. Suggested donation is $25 but it is not required.
To register: Call Tri-County Office on Aging at 517-887-1465


2.Chronic Pain PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) is designed for individuals with chronic pain. In this virtual workshop, participants are taught effective tools to better self-manage their condition and its impact on their life. We address a variety of topics including fatigue management, dealing with difficult emotions, and pacing & planning. Includes the Moving Easy Program: safe exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance.

What: Chronic Pain PATH workshop
Where: Virtually with Zoom
When: Wednesdays, June 10 – July 15, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Pre-workshop Zoom orientation Wednesday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m.

3.Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an interactive workshop designed to help family caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a family member or friend. This program will give YOU, the family caregiver, tools to: help reduce stress and guilt, communicate effectively, take care of yourself, and much more! This program is not intended for professional caregivers.

What: Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshop
Where: Virtually with Zoom
When: Wednesdays, June 17 – July 22, 2020 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Pre-workshop Zoom orientation Wednesday, June 10 at 2:30 p.m.

St. Johns Recycling Center back open

Back open 24 hours Monday thru Friday. No weekends.

Nordic Pineapple reopened May 15

Staying in this historic 1861 home is far beyond the typical hotel/motel lodging experience. You will be surrounded by history while feeling like your relaxing in the home of a close friend. Leave your shoes at the door, put your feet up and come to breakfast in your pajamas.

His Cup Runneth Over coming back June 2

His Cup Runneth Over will be kicking off their 2020 free meal season on June 2. All are welcome and free for all who come.

Given the current situation with Covid-19, they are going to be having the soup kitchen parked in one spot and be open to serve meals one day a week, at this time, for this season. They will start out doing a drive up style pick up and will offer porch drop delivery for those who don’t have transportation to get to them.

The serving location will be the west parking lot at First Congregational Church at 100 Maple Ave, St. Johns, (across from the post office) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday thru October.

If you are in need of delivery, you can call or text 517-388-2005 or 989-544-5764 no later then 11 a.m. each Tuesday.

Organizers feel that this schedule and format for serving will be a safer option so that the patrons are not gathering near the trailer when coming to get meals. This location and schedule will also allow them to keep their volunteer needs to a minimum given the size restraints in the trailer to maintain safe social distance.