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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
During our 2014 fiscal year, we were able to accomplish some amazing things because of the support of our staff, volunteers, donors, and community. One of the reasons our organization has been around for more than 111 years is due to the generosity of people in the Michiana area. When you donate your time, material goods, or monetary possessions, you are helping fight poverty in St. Joseph County. Thank you for your support.
Friendships are an important part of our existence. We all have that special person to confide in, laugh with, cry with and pray with. Why not take that friendship to the next level by volunteering together? Giving to others- in the form of time, talent and smiles- impacts you in amazing ways that have a massive influence on your well-being. Research shows that giving to others makes people
More satisfied with their lives
Why Volunteer with a Friend?
Jean Fox and Stephanie (Stevie) Morgano both moved to St. Joe County to be closer to their children. Both retired and widows, they wanted to meet people and have fun while doing something productive in the community. Their daughters suggested doing volunteer work, and they contacted the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that was founded at St. Patrick’s Parish in 1904. At 111 years old, our organization is one of the oldest nonprofits in the St. Joseph County area to provide direct support to people in the community. Since 1904, we have expanded our programs and now serve more than 70,000 people each year.
What We Do:
The St. Vincent de Paul Society does more than operate thrift stores. Through our location on Crescent Avenue, we provide financial assistance, emergency food, clothing and furniture vouchers, low cost goods through our thrift stores, and educational resources to break the cycle of poverty. We are the only nonprofit organization that provides emergency services by doing into a person’s home. At our core, we strive to make our community a better place to live. We empower individuals to attain self-suffiency while maintaining their dignity.