This past Lenten Season, the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Junior Leaders set out to deliver 40 beds in 40 days as part of the Society’s Sweet Dreams Ministry. This program aims to end childhood bedlessness in St. Joseph County by providing each child with a new mattress, bed frame, pillow, sheets, comforter, and blanket.
The Junior Leaders made their first delivery on February 10th and continued making deliveries every Saturday during Lent. Individuals from Notre Dame ROTC and other college students even helped make the deliveries and set up the beds for the children.
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The work of the Society could not be accomplished without the support of our community. That said, this spring, we were blessed to have several schools and businesses host drives to help stock the Society’s Client Choice Food Pantry so we can continue serving those in need.
Stanley Clark’s first grade class brought in 588 cans of soup. Dale Seely and Anne Watson also talked with the kids during their visit to the SVDP Program Center about poverty and how their donation would be used in the pantry.
Local businesses from Heritage Square in Granger collected 25 boxes of non-perishable food items at the end of March.
The Mendoza College of Business and the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame collected more than 100 boxes of food during Lent; these donations will help fill our pantry in the coming months.
As part of the annual Eric’s Promise Program, Marian High School collected hygiene items during Lent to honor the memory of Marian student Eric Henry, who was dedicated to the mission of the Society.
St. Joseph Grade School also collected 3,200 hygiene items including toothpaste, toilet paper, soap, and deodorant as part of Eric’s Promise. These are items that people cannot purchase with food stamps and are generally not donated to the Society.
Thank you to each and every person who participated in these food drives. These donations are critical in serving our neighbors in need. We cannot provide for those in need without your help. ■
Thank you to everyone who attended the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s 2018 Legacy Dinner!
With more than 300 people in attendance and due to the overwhelming generosity of our sponsors, donors, and guests, the evening was a great success.
This year’s dinner was held at the Hilton Garden Inn Gillespie Center and featured a silent auction as well as guest speaker Shawn Harper.
Shawn grew up in poverty and was one of six kids in a single parent home. Shawn defeated the odds by overcoming several learning disabilities before graduating from IU Bloomington and being drafted into the NFL.
At the dinner, Shawn spoke about the importance of investing in your community, stating, “All it takes is people to get fed up, fired up, and to stand up to make a difference in their community.” Shawn went on to talk about how each supporter of the Society is a front-line warrior. Front-line warriors aren’t always seen by people on the outside; they work quietly behind the scenes, making home visits, donating food, volunteering, and making financial contributions. Front-line warriors are those who support the Society and our mission to serve those in need. Front-line warriors may not be visible to others, but they are critical to our organization.
Shawn and his wife Philana led the Feed the Need appeal, raising more than $65,000 to help fund the work of the Society. We are truly moved by each person who felt the call to join our team of front-line warriors. Thank you for investing in your community and making a difference in the lives of those we serve.
To become a front line warrior and make a donation today, click here.
Happy New Year!
For many, a New Year means making new resolutions and goals. For some people dieting, working out, travelling, and spending time with family and friends are at the top of their resolution list. Here at the St. Vincent de Paul Society, we want 2017 to be full of hope for the poor in St. Joseph County.
Here are tips on how you can join our mission and make a New Year’s resolution that will last.
Start the New Year Right
Make it your resolution to become a monthly donor
. Your monthly donation will directly impact the life of someone in need.
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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/
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