St. Vincent De Paul, Don & Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center
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Cincinnati, Ohio | 40,000 SF
“Neighbors helping neighbors,” is how St. Vincent de Paul Cincinnati (SVdP) describes its mission to provide essential support services – from food pantry and pharmacy to dental and eye clinics – to people in need. The new Don & Phyllis Neyer Outreach Center, across the street from their current location in Cincinnati’s West End, helps them reach even deeper into the community. Multiple services are now offered simultaneously (instead of on alternating days) thanks to an increase in common space.
Inside the light-filled lobby, a central stair is more than a way to move between floors – it’s a gathering point that incorporates a variety of seating options, a library, and a kid’s zone. Bench seats remove barriers between staff and clients by letting them talk side-by-side. Wall imagery tells the story of people who have been served by St. Vincent de Paul.
“The new outreach center is truly for our neighbors. Our goal is to provide the most dignified experience possible for families and provide better access to our emergency services like our Charitable Pharmacy, food, clothing, furniture, as well as help with rent and utility payments.”
The chapel is a place for staff to come together for daily prayer and conversation, but it’s also open to all visitors and volunteers. Natural light filtering through clerestory windows enhances the chapel’s spiritual feel and its location near the entrance is a prominent reminder of their mission.
Visitors arrive through a courtyard garden opposite their existing building, but the new center is also designed to feature SVdP’s visibility from the adjacent interstate. Its second story appears to float above the building’s masonry base; the vertically seamed metal skin helps the center fit into its industrial surroundings yet stand apart as a beacon in the community.