PITTSFORD, N.Y. (WROC) — Saint’s Place kicked off its annual Super Sale on Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. The sale is held at St. Louis Church in Pittsford.

For the first day, there will be an admission fee of $10.

Saint’s Place is one of many local organizations in the community helping refugees settle in Rochester.

Michele Quin, the Associate Director with Saint’s Place, has been helping refugees settle with the organization for 22 years.

“Right now a lot of them are coming from Afghanistan, Ukraine, also a lot from The Congo, a Burmese family came in yesterday,” said Quin.

Saint’s Place works in conjunction with Catholic Charities Family and Community Services to welcome this population.

Quin said their role is to furnish homes and then make them warm and welcoming after the family moves in.

“Catholic Family Center finds them an apartment, and then we do all the furnishing, from new beds to bedding, sofas, and chairs, you name it,” she said. “We also have a clothing closet where they come 2-3 times a year to receive clothing the first year they’re here.”

Oftentimes, Quin said refugees don’t have space to fit a ton of furniture in their first home. Any donations left over from the community make their way to this super sale.

Local residents can come, browse and purchase anything they like, with all proceeds going towards the organization.

“You’re helping us help refugees, so in a way your money is helping someone instead of going to Walmart, big corporations, the money is going back into our community,” said Quin.

Your money could go towards a new washer and dryer for a refugee family, beds, winter gear, or gas money for the organization.

Quin said, in this past year alone, they’ve helped over 500 new families. This year, they’re expecting 800 or even a thousand.

“They come with a lot of baggage, some have seen family members killed, or been in camps for a long time, they need encouragement and welcoming when they first come,” said Quin. “And then they really want to get out and get a job, get their children educated.”

Other opportunities to attend the sale:

  • Thursday, July 7: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., free admission.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. All items 50% off
  • Saturday: 9 a.m. to noon. Bag sale. Shoppers pay $10 for the first bag and $5 for each additional bag filled to the brim. Bags are provided at the door.