Happy New Year!
Start the New Year Right
Start the New Year Right
Take a look at what we were able to accomplish with the generosity of our donors, volunteers, staff, and community partners. Thank you for a great year!
There are 40 days until Christmas, and–if you haven’t already–it’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts. Recently, we’ve taken to Pinterest to round up a few DIY crafts that would make excellent gifts for your loved ones.
Tea Cup Candles – These teacup candles from The Frugal Girls can be funky, modern, or elegant depending on the teacups you choose. Shop our resale stores for a great variety of quality, low-cost tea cups for this project. http://thefrugalgirls.com/2012/03/how-to-make-teacup-candles.html
Neck Tie Wreath – Purchase ties from our stores for this project. You can customize the colors to fit any holiday, season or occasion. Check out Sadie’s Season Goods for a tutorial. http://www.sadieseasongoods.com/fly-tie-on-the-4th-of-july/
Are you interested in the work of the Society? If so, here’s a list of upcoming events for the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County!
Saturday, October 22nd – Ozanam Orientation, SVDP Center (520 Crescent Avenue). Please plan to join us for this formation and training retreat. If you are a new or an old Vincentian, this a great opportunity to learn all about Vincentian ministry and how the Society grew to be a worldwide organization of men and women connected to each other through their dedicated service to the poor. Registration is online at www.svdpsb.org. Refreshments, lunch, and orientation materials will be provided at no cost to you.
Monday, October 24th-Friday, October 28th – Christmas sign-ups. Applications for Christmas assistance will be taken at 520 Crescent Avenue Monday, October 24th through Friday, October 28th from 10am to 2pm daily. We will we suspending all other emergency assistance programs that week. For more information, visit http://www.svdpsb.org/Christmas-Program.htm
Tuesday, November 22nd – Annual Vincentian Mass. We welcome Vincentians, volunteers, employees, friends of the Society, and your families to join us for the annual Vincentian mass. This year’s event will be hosted by the St. Matthew Vincentian Conference. Mass will be begin at 5:30pm with special guest Bishop Rhoades, and dinner will follow. Dinner will be served buffet-style in the school; fried chicken from the Skillet and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP by Monday, November 14th to Amy Potter via email firstname.lastname@example.org (or phone 574-234-6000 ext. 12132 and leave a message). Visit our website for more information.
Tuesday, November 29th – #GivingTuesday. Giving Tuesday is a worldwide day dedicated to giving back to the organizations you love. This year, our goal is to raise $1,500 to help meet the needs of those who are struggling because of medical bills, who are fleeing domestic abuse, who have recently been released from jail, or who are working to regain custody of their children. We need your help to meet the needs of the poor in our community. Visit our Facebook page to spread the world and to get involved in our campaign.
Wednesday, April 29th – Legacy Dinner. You don’t want to miss our annual fundraiser, the Legacy Dinner. The event will be a celebration of the Society and our work in the community over the past year. Hear from our Executive Director, Anne Watson, bid on silent auction items, and enjoy a night of entertainment. All of the proceeds are reinvested back into our mission and our services.
It may only be October, but sign-ups for the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County’s 2016 Christmas Program are right around the corner. Sign-ups for our Christmas Program will be held at 520 Crescent Avenue in South Bend, Indiana, Monday, October 24th through Friday, October 28th, from 10am until 2pm each day.
Whether you’re going out on a date, to a party, or even to a wedding, our stores have a wide variety of items for every special occasion!
Dressing well often means paying a high price for that designer dress, suit, or adorable pair of shoes, but at our resale stores, dressing well doesn’t have to hurt your wallet!
On a recent visit to our Vinnie’s Community store located on Bendix Drive, I found a large selection of men’s suit coats and dress pants. We also have a nice selection of ties and dress shoes to compliment your outfit.
For women, our stores feature everything from casual dresses to prom dresses and even wedding dresses! Look at this gorgeous David’s Bridal beaded wedding dress from Vinnie’s on Bendix! Believe it or not, it was only $139!! To complete your look, we also have high heels, flats, purses, and jewelry in a variety of colors and brands.
If decide to shop in our resale stores for dress clothes, keep the following in mind:
Remember, when you shop at a St. Vincent de Paul resale store, you are supporting those in need. All of the profits from our stores are reinvested back into our programs.
Christmas may be a few months away, but our Christmas Program is in full-swing at the Society! We have several opportunities for you to serve and to give back during the holiday season.
Adopting a Family
Your family or business can make a difference this Christmas by adopting a family through the Saint Vincent de Paul Christmas Program. Hundreds of families in St. Joseph County sign up to receive Christmas food baskets as well as toys for children 12 and under. Without your help, these families might not have other gifts at Christmas.
When you adopt a family, you have the chance to connect with the family, shop with love for them, and meet them in person when you deliver Christmas to their home. (The estimated cost to provide Christmas dinner and toys/gifts for a family with two children is approximately $120.00.)
Volunteer for Christmas Sign-Ups
Again, Christmas sign-ups will run from October 26th to October 30th from 10am-2pm at our Crescent Avenue building. There are two shifts for volunteers: from 9:30am-12:30pm, or from 12pm-3pm. We are in critical need of Spanish translators during sign-ups as well. Lunch will be provided for volunteers.
Sign-ups for our Christmas program are Monday, October 26th through Friday, October 30th from 10am-2pm each day at 520 Crescent Avenue. If you are in need this Christmas season, you must bring the following documents in order to sign-up:
For more information about our Christmas Program, visit http://www.svdpchristmas.com or contact Angela Leo through phone 574-234-6000 ext. 12110 or by email email@example.com. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Mary Eme through phone 574-234-6000 ext. 12108 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.