This holiday season, the call for the Society and our volunteer members to help local neighbors in need is immense. Due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are responding to a significant rise among those we serve for food, clothing, and housing assistance.
It could be the family down your street, whose budget is impacted by the loss of employment and falls behind on their bills. A single mother who depends on free school food programs and now has hungry children learning remotely from home. An elderly person suffering the loneliness of staying at home to stay safe and needs spiritual connection. Or a Veteran who feels they have nowhere else to turn to keep them off the streets in the cold weather.
Your gift to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago will enable our members to reach out with kindness, compassion, and love and give the gift of hope this Christmas. It’s not just a family meal, a set of winter clothing, or keeping the gas on that your gift provides. It could be the start of a new chapter in a person’s life, a pathway towards a brighter future.
With your support and generous donation, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago can continue to have an impact on the communities we have been serving for over 167 years in the Chicagoland area. Together, we will make a difference this holiday season!
“I was feeling hopeless when I was given your phone number, feeling like no one cared if we were on the street. When I called, the person from St. Vincent de Paul was so kind and told me I was not alone in this struggle, my children were important, and that she would work for me to try to keep my in my apartment. That kindness, it was like light shinning where it was only dark before. Thank you!”
After falling behind on her rent due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a single mother of 5 children reached out to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago. Her five-day eviction noticed had just been served and she had nowhere to go if she lost her home.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago was able to offer rental assistance to ensure this mother that her children would not be homeless. We also were able to give winter clothing, diapers, and the gift of hope.
“I cannot express my thanks enough for the excellent service and help from all of you at St. Vincent de Paul Chicago. We are enjoying the furniture and the feeling of being home and our lives getting back to normal. You all are truly Angel’s sent from heaven. I am going to send photos of our Thanksgiving dinner together, where will be saying a prayer in thanks to you all!”.
SVdP Chicago was fortunate to be able to meet Lisa, Lonny, and Richie (left to right) and have the opportunity to give the basic necessities to help them make their new living accommodations a home, via our Orland Park Thrift Store and voucher system.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago was there for me when I had nothing. They not only helped me with furniture for my new apartment, I had been sleeping on the floor after getting out of the shelter, they also helped me with getting food. I was able to visit my local food pantry for general supplies and they had a Turkey and Ham Thanksgiving Food event at St. Gall that I was able to get my holiday meal fixings. I feel very blessed!
SVdP Chicago, through the works of our dedicated volunteers, offers over 33 local food pantries through Cook and Lake counties. Vincentians are there to help feed all who come to us and work diligently to offer a nutritious and variety of grocery items.