SVdP National Disaster Services Appeal

Dear Vincentians and Friends,

As Vincentians and friends, we work together, doing God’s work, to help those in need.  Most of our works are focused on those in our community seeking immediate assistance with the necessities of food, clothing, and shelter.

As we watch from afar, the continuum of disasters occurring throughout the United States, it seems never ending. Although outside of our immediate communities, those are our brothers and sisters in need.  For that reason, we must come together and provide assistance. 

Please consider providing support that will be part of the National Council relief efforts.  The National Office has received responses from over 600 Vincentians, Conference and Councils offering to participate in assisting the current disaster relief efforts.  We are one of the 600.  As we have experienced the support of many other Councils throughout the years, it is time for us to give back and broaden our border of assistance.

I ask that your District or Conference offer a donation.  The Central Office will combine all donations received and send one check to the National Office as contribution towards the current Disaster Relief efforts. 

Checks should be made payable to:  SVdP Chicago Council and mailed to 12731 S. Wood Street, Blue Island IL 60406.  Please indicate on memo line National Disaster Appeal.

I appreciate your consideration in participating in this urgent appeal.  Together we make a difference.  As Vincentians, we are sometimes reminded that those in need although far away are still in reach of receiving our assistance.

God Bless!

Harry Ohde, Volunteer President/CEO

Mobile Produce Pantry at Academy of St. Benedict the African – Tues., September 14

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 Tuesday, September 14, from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. All who are in need within the community are welcome! The event takes place in the school parking lot, entrance is on Justine St. For driving directions, please use the school’s address 6020 S. Laflin Avenue, Chicago, IL 60636.

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 Teresa Stack at

Teresa Stack Joins SVdP Family as New Communications Director

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago ADC welcomes Teresa Stack as our new Communications Director replacing Jen Ahern effective September 1, 2021.

Teresa comes to us with a strong computer background as well as many years of volunteering and organizing fundraising events. She told us she does not consider this a job. “It is something that I have wanted to do that incorporates my computer experience, working and organizing events, and helping others. It’s perfect”.

Teresa was born and raised a Catholic. Her and her children all attended St. Patricia School in Hickory Hills. Her husband, Mike, attended Little Flower in Chicago. She was on the School Board, Parent’s Club and many years a Secretary for Athletics at St. Patricia. “Being involved when my children were in grammar school was an opportunity that I will always treasure. I was able to raise money for the school, be the “mom” the kids could talk too when they couldn’t talk to their own, and more importantly, make a difference”.

The experience and excitement that Teresa brings to the SVdP community, will continue to support our mission and help us achieve more to help the needy. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her adult children, yearly family fishing vacations in Florida, watching a Cubs game or two and getting together with friends to see what organization they can help out next.

Please join us in welcoming Teresa to the SVdP family.

Vincentian Reflections on the Stations of the Cross

The SVdP Chicago Spirituality Committee will be presenting “Vincentian Reflections on the
Stations of the Cross” on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 (the Feast of the Triumph of the
Cross). The program will start at 7:00 pm and will end approximately one hour later. This will be a bilingual presentation, alternating English and Spanish. This will be presented in webinar format. The link to join this meeting is below:

Topic: Stations of the Cross
Time: Sep 14, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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El Comité de Espiritualidad de SVdP de Chicago presentará “Reflexiones Vicentinas sobre las Estaciones de la Cruz” el martes 14 de septiembre del 2021 (la Fiesta del Triunfo de la Cruz). Elprograma comenzará a las 7:00 pm y terminará aproximadamente una hora más tarde. Estaserá una presentación bilingüe, alternando en inglés y español. Esto será presentado en formato webinar. Por favor marquen sus calendarios para asistir. A medida que nos acercamos a la fecha, compartiremos el enlace para unirnos a la reunión.

Michael Syslo is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Stations of the Cross
Time: Sep 14, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Friends of the Poor – Walk a Mile in My Shoes

The 2021 Friends of the Poor Walk will take place on Saturday, September 25, 2021. This is the date that is coordinated with the SVdP National Council. SVdP Chicago Council will be hosting a walk site in the Southwest Suburbs at Freedom Park located at 6252 W. Birmingham Ave in Chicago Ridge.
The council walk site will be a Vincentian “friend-raiser” event and there will be no cost to attend. All registered walkers will receive a t-shirt. Walkers may arrive beginning at 9:30 am and the walk will begin at 10:00 am. A fellowship reception will take place following the walk with food and drinks being provided. The park has a pavilion area will be on-site with picnic tables/benches. Attendees may wish to bring a lawn chair as well. Portable bathrooms are available on site. This is a dog friendly event and if you bring Fido please keep him on lease at all times.

Click here for more information and registration.

We are looking forward to walking along side friends and family members, united by our common cause of helping our neighbors in need! 

God Bless,

Harry Ohde
CEO/President SVdP Chicago, ADC

A New Chapter of Faith
Curt Schubert Accepts Position as Volunteer Treasurer

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago ADC welcomes Curt Schubert, who will officially take office as Treasurer for the Society on October 1, 2021. During the appointed three-year term, Curt’s goal is to help the Society see success with it’s Strategic Plan of growth.
Faith has been the forefront of Curt’s journey through life, both personally and professionally. A De Paul graduate of accounting and a CPA, Curt’s career has always maintained a purposeful position of faith. From Business Director at Lutheran Services to current CFO for Marian High School, Curt’s dedication of faith carries through all aspects of his life. In addition to volunteering as the new Treasurer for the Society, Curt has been a volunteer Religious Education teacher for over 20 years at his parish, St. Fabian in Bridgeview IL as well as being an active SVdP member.
Born and baptized Catholic, Curt always recognized his faith, but was drawn more closely to God’s works later in life. “I believe God works in our lives in mysterious and subtle ways to bring us to where He needs us most”. Looking forward to an annual “coffee meeting” with a former business associate, is where Curt was told of the volunteer position and how he may be just the right person. After pondering and praying a few days, Curt knew God was calling him to this position.
“Not everyone gets to see a vision on the wall, or witnesses a weeping statue of Mary, my vision comes from within other people. I live by the gospel “Love God, Love your Neighbor”, and to me that means your neighbor is everyone you meet and everywhere you meet them.”
Dedicated to his faith, family and community, the Society is very excited to welcome Curt to the SVdP family. When not working, and giving back, Curt enjoys sports, both watching the White Sox and coaching our young future leaders.

Ozanam Orientation – Sept. 20-22 Registration Now Open!

SVdP Chicago is hosting a New and Improved Ozanam Orientation on September 20-22. It is a 3-part webinar series that will begin at 6:30 pm each afternoon. End times: 9/20 – 9:00 pm, 9/21 – 9:15 pm, 9/22 – 8:30 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 with your Name, Conference, District, Phone, Home Address, and Email Address. Additional information will be sent to you via email after you register.

Masks Required at SVdP Libertyville & Orland Park Thrift Stores

Following guidance from the CDC, Cook County Dept. of Health, and IL Dept. of Health we ask that all individuals, fully vaccinated or not, wear face masks when shopping at our thrift stores or making a donation. Both Lake and Cook Counties are currently experiencing “substantial” transmission of coronavirus. That means that the CDC has recommended that all residents, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks. Thank you for your understanding and your kindness to our hard-working staff as we continue to serve our customers and neighbors in need.

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