Upcoming Events

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 amy.potter@svdpsb.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.

Dress for Less

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!

Men's Suit CoatsOn 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.David's Bridal Wedding Dress

If decide to shop in our resale stores for dress clothes, keep the following in mind:

  • Compared to everyday clothing, prices will seem high. Paying $25 for a blazer may seem like a lot of money when compared to a $2 shirt, but remember that dress clothes cost more at department stores too. Instead of comparing the cost to other items in our stores, compare what you are paying in our stores to what you would pay in a department store. Take advantage of the good deal!
  • Shop with an open mind. You may be searching for dressy clothes, but don’t narrow your search down to a certain color or brand. If you have your heart set on an apple red cocktail dress, you may miss a great deal on a brand name classic little black dress!
  • Don’t be discouraged if you can’t find anything. Our donations are unpredictable; we never know what we’re going to receive. As a consumer, you might find several things you love or nothing! This is a perfect reason for you to visit our stores often!

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.

Happy Shopping!

SVDP Christmas Program

Snowman Clipart

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.

Christmas Sign-Ups

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:

  • Photo ID is necessary for all adults in the home (18 or older)
  • Social Security Cards for all adults in the home
  • Proof of address needed for parent/custodial parent/guardian
  • Birth Certificate and Social Security Card needed for all children in the home (ages 0-17)
  • Custodial documents are required for all non-parent guardians

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 angela.leo@svdpsb.org. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Mary Eme through phone 574-234-6000 ext. 12108 or by email mary.eme@svdpsb.org.

A Look Back at our 2014-2015 Fiscal Year

As we approach the end of our fiscal year, we thought it would be a perfect time to take a look back at some of the things we were able to accomplish this past year.

  • A third resale store, Vinnie’s Community Store, was opened on Western Avenue.
  • The Ardmore Distribution Center and resale store moved to Bendix Drive.
  • In partnership with The Center for the Homeless, we began a 6-8 week Transition to Work Program that provides valuable on the job training for individuals living at the Center for the Homeless. Participants gain job skills while working in our Western Avenue resale store. Already this program has seen success, with one individual graduating from the program and finding a full-time maintenance job at a local business.
  • We launched our first ever virtual food drive through Amazon, bringing in more than 500 pounds of food for our pantry.
  • 25 children attended our Food for Thought Summer Fun and Enrichment Camp, learning about nutrition and nature.

And most notably, we held our first Vinnie’s Runway as part of the 7th Annual Legacy Dinner and Silent Auction in April 2015. Vinnie’s Runway highlighted 16 individuals who have a meaningful connection to SVDP, whether their connection is through volunteering or through a community partnership. Each Vinnie’s Runway participant aimed to raise $5,000 from friends, family, and others in the community.

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Food for Thought

Students helping prepare the monthly Family Dinner Night meal.

Food for Thought is designed to enhance educational opportunities for young children in the community through an After School Tutoring Program and a Summer Fun and Enrichment Camp. The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County, Inc. is able to offer this program through partnerships with the South Bend School Corporation and Purdue Extension Services.

The After School Program is held both in the fall and in the spring for 8 weeks at a time. Students attend the After School Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for a total of four hours of tutoring help each week. Each student and family self-selects to apply to the program. Their reasons for applying are as varied as the students themselves. For some, it is a safe place to extend the school day; for others, it becomes a place for them to get recognition for doing something good. For all of them, it is a place to feel supported when dealing with academic challenges.

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Shopping at a St. Vincent de Paul Resale Store can be overwhelming, but it can also be extremely rewarding! If you want to make the most out of your next trip, keep reading to see helpful tips and tricks about shopping at a resale store.

  1. Bring a Friend. Shopping with a friend can make the experience much more enjoyable. A friend can tell you whether or not something looks good on you, can help you pick out items, and can talk you into that leopard print dress you might not buy on your own. Bringing someone along when you’re resale shopping also makes the time go buy quicker. Plus, you can catch up on each other’s lives while you shop!
  1. Be patient. It’s not as easy to navigate a resale store when compared to shopping at a department store. However, there is a much wider variety of styles in resale shops. To find what you’re looking for, it might take twice as long, but you won’t spend nearly as much money. Try tackling the store one section at a time until you find what you need. Give yourself enough time to shop so that you don’t feel rushed.

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