Thankful Thursday – Invitation to Serve

Invitation to Serve – St. Benedict Parish, Blue Island
Thanks to Msgr. Dennis Lyle from St. Benedict Parish in Blue Island for allowing SVdP Chicago President Harry Ohde, Lynn Sloyan (former president of St. Walter SVdP Conference), and Elvia Rojas, SVdP Chicago Office Manager, to present an Invitation to Serve at Masses on April 11th. The Invitation to Serve offers parishioners the opportunity to grow in Vincentian service, friendship, and spirituality and was shared after the 9:00 am English Mass and 11:00 am Spanish Mass.  St. Benedict will be uniting with St. Walter and St. Peter Claver Mission effective July 1, 2021, to form a new parish, with a new name to be decided. We are very excited to be creating a new SVdP Chicago Conference at the soon-to-be new parish in District VI!
On April 22nd, SVdP Chicago hosted an initial meeting in the evening to share more information on our mission and how we serve. 11 parishioners attended and shared their interest in learning how they can help people in their communities. Attendees were enthusiastic and said they were looking forward to becoming Vincentians! A second meeting will be scheduled in May as we continue the process of forming a bilingual Conference at St. Benedict.

Invitación a servir – Parroquia de St. Benedict en Blue Island
Gracias a Mons. Dennis Lyle de la parroquia St. Benedict en Blue Island por permitir que el presidente del SVdP
Chicago, Harry Ohde, Lynn Sloyan (expresidente de la Conferencia de St. Walter SVdP) y Elvia Rojas, gerente de
la oficina de SVdP Chicago, presenten una invitación para servir en las misas el 11 de abril y 18 de abril. La
Invitación a servir ofrece a los feligreses la oportunidad de crecer en el servicio Vicentino, la amistad y la
espiritualidad y se compartió después de la misa en inglés de las 9:00 am y la Misa en español de las 11:00 am.
St. Benedict se unirá con St. Walter y St. Peter Claver Mission a partir del 1 de julio de 2021 para formar una
nueva parroquia, con un nuevo nombre por decidir. ¡Estamos muy emocionados en crear una nueva
conferencia de SVdP Chicago en el pronto será parroquia en el Distrito VI!
El 22 de abril, SVdP Chicago organizó una reunión inicial por la noche para compartir más información sobre
nuestra misión y cómo servimos. 11 feligreses asistieron y compartieron su interés en aprender cómo pueden
ayudar a las personas en sus comunidades. ¡Los asistentes estaban entusiasmados y dijeron que estaban
ansiosos por convertirse en Vicentinos! Se programará una segunda reunión en mayo mientras continuamos el
proceso de formar una Conferencia bilingüe en St. Benedict.

Mobile Produce Pantry at Academy of St. Benedict the African School – Tues. May 11th.

SVdP Chicago, in partnership with the Academy of St. Benedict the African and the Greater Chicago Food Depository is hosting a Mobile Produce Pantry on May 11, 2021 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. All who are in need within the community are welcome! The event takes place in front of the school entrance on Justine St. For driving directions, please use the school’s address 6020 S. Laflin Ave Chicago, IL 60636.

We will be hosting Community Mobile Food Pantries at the school over the summer months on June 8, July 13, and August 10. On all dates the hours of distribution will be from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

If you would like to volunteer to help us in our efforts to set up, distribute food items, and clean up, please contact us! You can call the main office at (773) 779-6700 or email Jen Ahern at jen@svdpchicago.org.

Ozanam Orientation – May 17, 18, & 19. Registration Now Open!

SVdP Chicago is hosting a New and Improved Ozanam Orientation on May 17, 18, and 19 2021. It is a 3-part webinar series that will begin at 1:00 pm each afternoon. End times: 5/17- 3:30 pm, 5/18- 3:45 pm, 5/19 -3:00 pm

In order to get credit for attending this required program, you must attend all three parts. You may attend one or two of the parts now and pick up the rest at a later date. This is a virtual interactive presentation rather than in-person training and requires your attendance through the use of a computer, iPad, Smartphone, or like device. To participate, you cannot attend simply by telephone (landline) because you must see the presentation as well as hear it. Additional Information will be sent when you register.

Who should attend?
– New members – to learn who we are, what we are about, and how you can help to transform our culture.
– Existing members – to get reacquainted with how you can help to transform our culture.

What Will Be Discussed?
– As a Member, Do You Know Your Title?
– What is Our History?
– What is Vincentian Spirituality?
– What are SVdP’s Cultural Beliefs?
– What are SVdP’s Key Results?
– What is SVdP Culture?
– How You Can Help Transform SVdP?
– Do You Understand Poverty?
– Why do we make Home Visits?

Register Today! Email Mike Syslo at mike.syslo@outlook.com with your Name, Conference, District, Phone, Home Address, and Email Address. Additional information will be sent to you via email after you register.

Rental Assistance Resources in IL

The Eviction Moratorium in the state of Illinois has been extended until April 3, 2021, which allows those impacted by COVID-19 to remain in their residences despite late and missed payments. Just this week, the CDC has signed an extension on the agency’s moratorium on evictions through June 30, further preventing the eviction of tenants who are unable to make rental payments.

Click here to read the full CDC Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19

We know from talking to the many that reach out to SVdP Chicago for rental and utility bill assistance, that missed payments are piling up and a looming crisis hangs over the heads of many as they attempt to keep current with household bills while working to catch up with late rent balances. “About 42% of Illinois residents are behind in their rent due to COVID,” said Karla Chrobak of CARPLS, a Chicago-based legal aid organization. “We’re talking millions of dollars of back rent, millions.”

In Suburban Cook County there is financial help available to assist renters now. Applications are now open for the Cook County Emergency Rental Assistance program. It pays up to $15,000 to help cover 12 months of missed rent and utilities payments and up to 3 months of future rent payments. Payments will be made directly to the landlord and utility company. The deadline to apply has been extended and applications now open until April 9 at 5:00 pm.

Click here for the online application and more details

Sometime in April or May, the state of Illinois expects to open up its Emergency Rental Assistance program where renters can apply up to $25,000. Same for Chicago residents, who will have their own program with no financial cap.   Click here for Illinois rental assistance resources
All programs are run like a lottery system and an application is not a guarantee. We are hoping these current and forthcoming resources can be of use to the friends in need SVdP Chicago Council, Districts, and Conferences serve.

SVdP Chicago Host Virtual Top Hat Variety Show on Sunday, April 18, 2021! Share your talent, become a sponsor, or donate today!

On Sunday, April 18, 2021, our SVdP Chicago Council is having its first-time ever, Top Hat Variety Show! It has been a difficult year for many of us and this is an opportunity for all of the Council’s Vincentians to come together for an afternoon. This virtual event will feature entertainment by our very own talented members, highlights of our Conferences’ charitable works during the pandemic, and prize-winning games and raffle. The primary focus for our Top Hat Variety Show is to provide a fun, entertaining opportunity for members to connect with one another and to keep up the camaraderie that was built at our past in-person events going strong! Let’s celebrate hope for the future and give thanks for the many rays of sunlight that peeked through this past year. Register to attend the event here!     Learn how you can become an event sponsor click here!         Make a donation!

SVdP Chicago Council is hosting the Top Hat Variety Show to raise funds to support the Districts, Conferences, and Vincentian programs that help local friends in need. The impact of COVID-19 has greatly increased the number of individuals and families seeking assistance for food, clothing, rental payments, utility bill payments, and medication/medical financial support. We are experiencing a surge in the volume of calls coming into the Council’s central office that do not fall within the jurisdiction of a conference. The Eviction Moratorium in the state of Illinois has recently been extended until April 3, 2021, which allows those impacted by COVID-19 to remain in their residences despite late and missed payments. However, we know that missed payments are piling up and a looming crisis hangs over the heads of many as they attempt to keep current with household bills while working to catch up with late rent balances.

This is one of the many examples of how SVdP Chicago will be in demand to provide support to our friends in need this spring and summer. Looking forward into 2021, SVdP Chicago would also like to invest in establishing two food banks to serve the Chicagoland area and help make a difference in the fight against hunger. Funds raised for the Top Hat Variety Show will not be used towards operational or administrative expenses for the Chicago Council.

SVdP Chicago has been reaching out in our local communities throughout Cook and Lake counties for over 168 years. We have the experience of being a force of good throughout times of war, global pandemics, economic crises, and social changes. Our volunteers serve with hearts full of love and compassion and the Society helps anyone regardless of race, religion, political association, or gender.

  • We’ve fed countless in need in Chicago and the suburban communities through our food pantries, holiday meal baskets, community dinners, and other local events.
  • We’ve clothed the homeless, struggling young families, and Veterans trying to make it during rough patches in their lives.
  • We’ve housed those on the brink or in the midst of homelessness through referrals to shelters, locating affordable housing, or paying rent during a short-term set-back. And we’ve continually offered hope to the most vulnerable in our communities when they’ve no place else to turn.

With your support and generous donation, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago and our dedicated volunteer members can take action against poverty, and together we will continue making a difference in our local communities!

Donate today, click here to be directed to our secure, online give partner Network for Good.

Congratulations to SVdP Vice President Mike Syslo!

We have some amazingly good news to share today! SVdP Chicago is proud to congratulate our Council Vice President, Mike Syslo, on being named the Chairperson of the National Governance Committee! This role is a reflection of the effort and commitment Mike has given to The Society and we wish him great success as he begins this new chapter in his Vincentian journey.  Never fear, he will still remain our Vice President and we are most grateful for that. God bless you Mike for your good works and service!

Ozanam Orientation – March 22, 23, & 24. Registration Now Open!

SVdP Chicago is hosting a New and Improved Ozanam Orientation on March 22, 23, and 24, 2021. It is a 3-part webinar series that will begin at 6:30 pm each evening. End times: 3/22- 8:45 pm, 3/23- 8:50 pm, 3/24-8:10 pm

In order to get credit for attending this required program, you must attend all three parts. You may attend one or two of the parts now and pick up the rest at a later date. This is a virtual interactive presentation rather than in-person training and requires your attendance through the use of a computer, iPad, Smartphone, or like device. To participate, you cannot attend simply by telephone (landline) because you must see the presentation as well as hear it. Additional Information will be sent when you register.

Who should attend?
– New members – to learn who we are, what we are about, and how you can help to transform our culture.
– Existing members – to get reacquainted with how you can help to transform our culture.

What Will Be Discussed?
– As a Member, Do You Know Your Title?
– What is Our History?
– What is Vincentian Spirituality?
– What are SVdP’s Cultural Beliefs?
– What are SVdP’s Key Results?
– What is SVdP Culture?
– How You Can Help Transform SVdP?
– Do You Understand Poverty?
– Why do we make Home Visits?

Register Today! Email Mike Syslo at mike.syslo@outlook.com with your Name, Conference, District, Phone, Home Address, and Email Address. Additional information will be sent to you via email after you register.

Virtual Conversation – Human Trafficking: The Pandemic No One Is Talking About

Taking place on Friday, April 9, 2021, join others via Zoom for this important forum hosted by Catholic Charities South/Southwest Regional Services and the Institute for Politics, Public Service, and Social Justice at Governors State University.
To attend via Zoom, click here.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Institute for Politics, Public Service, and Social Justice at Governors State University invite you to attend a virtual conversation on April 9, 2021, addressing human trafficking.
Human trafficking has left no part of the world untouched, and Chicagoland is no exception. Our vulnerability stems in part from our location in the middle of the country and having modes of transportation (highway, rail, air, and water) that allow for limitless movement of people. Additionally, the unevenness of our social landscapes, enclaves of impoverishment, and significant populations of at-risk groups such as youths, school dropouts, runaways, and undocumented workers, offer enticements for human traffickers.
This discussion highlights initiatives human trafficking agencies are currently engaged in:
Naomi’s House – Amanda Bagnall
New Name – Anne Polencheck
Rahab’s Daughters – Sharmila Wijeyakumar
Refuge for Women – Chicago – Karen Schultz
Selah Freedom – Kara Thompson
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago – Hilda Bahena, Legal Assistance Department Director
Moderator – David Deeds

40 Items – 40 Days Lenten Challenge

We LOVE this idea! It’s the 40 Days, 40 Items Challenge. Here’s the deal:  Instead of giving up something for Lent – the 40 days and 40 items challenge is a way of giving back. Each day of Lent, remove one item from your home, which you don’t use or wear anymore, and place it in a bag.  It can be clothing items, shoes, boots, accessories, household items, small kitchen appliances, kitchen utensils, cups/plates/bowls, blankets, sheets, electronics, furniture, toys, and more!
Our Thrift Stores are NOT able to accept Mattresses, Organs, and Pianos. 

At the end of Lent, donate these items to SVdP Libertyville or Orland Park Thrift Stores.
Click here for store hours and contact information. 
Did you fill more than 1 bag? We have all heard if something doesn’t bring you Joy or get used after 1 year of owning it to donate.  Now is your chance to organize, declutter, and give back to help others.
Your donations will be shared with our Friends in Need!
Are you up for the Challenge?  Start Today!

Leyden Township Town Hall Clothing Donations a Success! Thank You!

We asked for your help to help those displaced and needing clothing after a motel fire in Melrose Park.  Your response blew us away! We are incredibly grateful to everyone who came out in cold, snowy conditions to donate.  

On hand was Melissa, with Leyden Township, Jim P. – SVdP Chicago Disaster Coordinator, Dennis – our SVdP Driver, and Harry O. (not pictured because he was taking all the photos!) –  SVdP President

Dennis, Jim, and Melissa On-Site to Accept Donations

     

All donations were processed and sorted by our Libertyville Thrift Store Staff and Volunteers and made ready for distribution to the 47 adults and 2 children in need.

Your donations are very much appreciated, thank you for answering the call and helping our neighbors in need!