Catholic Social Ministry Gathering 2022

This year, we will pray, learn, and advocate together on our Catholic vision for the post-pandemic world and call to bring justice to the margins.

This year’s virtual gathering will include:

·    Inspiring leading voices in Church and society.
·    Workshops with policy experts and grassroots community leaders.
·    Resources from dozens of Catholic social ministry organizations.
·    And much more!

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Free COVID Test Kits Now Available

Beginning January 19, 2022, every residential address in the US is eligible to receive 4 free individual Covid test kits. You can sign up at to get yours ordered now. These kits will ship within 7-12 days from order date. 

Even though you might not feel the need to order a Covid test kit now, it’s a great idea to have one on hand.

About the Covid Test Kits you’ll receive:

  • Are rapid antigen at-home tests, not PCR
  • Can be taken anywhere
  • Give results within 30 minutes (no lab drop-off required)
  • Work whether or not you have COVID-⁠19 symptoms
  • Work whether or not you are up to date on your COVID-⁠19 vaccines
  • Are also referred to as self-tests or over-the-counter (OTC) tests

For more information and to order your COVID-19 test kit, visit

For more on when to use at-home tests, see the latest CDC self-testing guidance

Put a Little Love In Your Heart SVdP Valentine’s Day Cards

NOW AVAILABLE! Valentine’s Day Cards for your Special Someone …

SVdP Chicago is excited to offer you the opportunity to send a Valentine’s Day Card/s to those special people in your life during this season of love and kindness.

We have found a unique way to Put a Little Love in Your Heart and also in the hearts of our friends in need who are homeless. Proceeds from the sale of these cards will go towards providing winter clothing and other necessities to keep our friends in need warm during the brutally cold Chicago winter months and beyond.

We will hand address and sign the card/s from YOU! This is a 5×7 double sided full color professionally printed card (see above) that will be mailed in a red envelope. The cards are $10 each.

During this season of love and kindness we hope you will join us in Putting a Little Love In Your Heart and helping our friends in need. Let’s work together to to eliminate homelessness in Chicago and Cook and Lake Counties in Illinois in 2022.

CLICK HERE to order yours today!

Tackling Homelessness Together in 2022: Superbowl Squares


It’s Superbowl Time!


We are a few weeks away from the biggest professional football game of the year. The day where many get together with family and friends and huddle around the TV and cheer on their favorite team to be the next Superbowl Champions!

Join the fun and help the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago in “Tackling Homelessness Together in 2022!” With the growing number of homeless people in our city of big shoulders, the Society is stepping up its game to provide for our neighbors most in need – the homeless. We hope that you will huddle together with us and participate in our first Superbowl Squares games! Have some fun and change a life!

CLICK HERE for all the details and how to play.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Spreads Holiday Cheer

2021 ended with a new/unwrapped toy drive which allowed SVdP Chicago to help needy families put smiles on little one’s faces this holiday season. Danielle Valenti, a an SVdP Chicago employee, along with her family, decorated their home and hosted a new/unwrapped toy drive to share toys with the Officer Stephen Smith Annual Toy Drive as well as with our friends in need. Between 300-400 toys were collected at both the SVdP Orland Park and Libertyville Thrift stores as well as the Valenti home. Without the help of our supporters, the mission to “Build a Better Tomorrow for Those In Need” would not be possible.

Chicago Catholic: Students learn about homelessness, take action

This is a great article from the Chicago Catholic featuring Dave McNaughton, who leads the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Elizabeth of the Trinity School in Chicago and a program that was put together to raise awareness of how people become homeless, what they need and how the students can help.

You can read the whole article here:

Thanksgiving Food Drive – St. Anne Food Pantry, Hazel Crest

Our local school children were able to provide the St. Anne Food Pantry in Hazel Crest with two carloads of non-perishable food this Thanksgiving holiday to share with our neighbors in need. It’s a beautiful sight to see such enthusiasm and compassion from each and every one of them to help others. 

Holiday Shopping & Helping Others – Amazon Smile

If you already use for some or all of your online shopping, please consider shopping through and you will help support SVdP at the same time! AmazonSmile will give back .5 percent of qualified purchases back to SVdP. In addition, SVdP Chicago also has an Amazon wish list of items that our friends in need could use. This is all you have to do:

Step 1: Go to and log in using your email and password as if you were signing on to
Step 2: Search for the Society of St Vincent de Paul-Chicago and select us as your charity.
Step 3: Shop, Amazon Smile, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to SVdP!

Click here to visit AmazonSmile

Honey Baked Ham Gift Cards Available for Holiday Giving

Where has the year gone? Thanksgiving is now past us and the holidays are fast approaching! Grocery lists are being made and shopping is being done! Don’t forget to get your Honey Baked Ham Gift Certificate and stop at your nearest location to grab a juicy ham, turkey or maybe the whole dinner! You can purchase your gift card and have a plastic card mailed to you, or you can go for an e-gift card and get it sent via email for the fastest delivery.

PS. These make greatholiday gifts as well …. with Christmas and the New Year right around the corner, an amazing ham would be a welcome addition to your holiday meal!

Order Yours Here:

Alfredo Arreola Funeral Arrangements

It is with great sadness that I share the announcement of the passing of Alfredo Arreola, husband of Elizabeth Arreola a fellow Vincentian from St Gall Parish. 

For over 20 years, Elizabeth Arreola, whom we all know as Liz, has dedicated herself to running the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry at St. Gall Parish. 

Liz’s dedication to the Society and serving those in need is an unbending dedication. The success of the food pantry is an example of the tireless efforts and endless hours that Liz puts forth to ensure the mile long line of those in need of food will be able to feed their families. These efforts and dedications come from her heart. With the support of her husband, Liz has remained vigilant to the needs in her community. 

As a Vincentian family, we must come together in support of Liz and her family. We ask that you please keep Liz and her family in your prayers during this difficult time for the Arreola family. Please pray for Alfredo that he is safely in God’s arms.

Funeral Arrangements:

God Bless!

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