SVdP Partners with American Red Cross to Assist Families Displaced in Calumet City Fire

You may have seen on the local news, that on May 30, 2022, a fire broke out around 7:00 pm on the second floor of a 312-unit condo complex in Calumet City. This fatal fire left 150 families homeless. Winds drove the flames all the way up to the seventh floor. The fire killed an 85-year-old woman and seven others were injured, including three firefighters.

On May 31, Calumet City Mayor Thaddeus Jones had an emergency City Council meeting and a citywide State of Emergency was approved. This local state of emergency allows the Mayor to access resources from other governmental agencies to help the nearly 200 residents who were left displaced. Most of them Seniors. This is where SVdP Chicago comes in.

On Saturday, June 4, SVdP Chicago received a call and we will be partnering with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and others to help these residents in any way we can.On Tuesday, June 7, SVdP Chicago had staffed a table at the Sandbridge Community Center to assist those with immediate needs such as clothes, undergarments, shoes, socks, etc. We had some supplies on hand and input information into our Care Card Voucher Program so that in the future should they need something, we will be able to assist them without any hesitation. During this event, we assisted 143 Friends In Need.

We are fortunate that we have the capabilities to support others during this difficult time and in the future with their needs to start over in a new home. Please keep all those who have died, been injured, or displaced from this horrible fire in your thoughts and prayers.

Donation Drives – June 11 & 12

There are several Donation Drives scheduled this weekend at:

St. Francis of Assisi – 15050 S Wolf Road – Orland Park

St. Monica – 5136 N Nottingham – Chicago

St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta Parish at St. Barbara – 2859 S Throop – Chicago

St. Thomas the Apostle – 5472 S Kimbark Avenue – Chicago

Prince of Peace – 135 S Milwaukee Avenue – Chicago

Please remember to donate with dignity gently used items. To see upcoming Donation Drives please visit our website at

Thank You Bristyn & Daisy for your Donation

Earlier this week our St. Vincent de Paul Libertyville Thrift Store received a surprise donation from Bristyn and Daisy, Ages 10 and 6. These young ladies donated handmade keychain charms.

Unfortunately, they did not provide any contact information so that we could thank them personally, but we want them to know how much we appreciate their donation to the Society and what beautiful charms and gesture this was.

Thank you Bristyn and Daisy. Have a great summer break from your friends at St. Vincent de Paul.

Prayers for Robb Elementary School – Uvalde, TX

Good Evening Vincentians,

As we are sitting around the kitchen table this evening or maybe sitting out on the back porch enjoying listening to the children playing outside, I can’t help but think of the tragedy that unfolded today in Uvalde, Texas at Robb Elementary School.

This evening, there are 14 children ranging from 2nd through 4th grade who won’t be having dinner with their families, or doing their homework, or playing in their back yards. There is a teacher who will also not be going home to her loved ones. For all these families our hearts are broken.

We never know when it will be our time, but as adults, we know that it’s not natural for our children to leave this earth before us. We believe that when we drop our children off at school that they are in a safe place. We believe that those who are there teaching our children are loving them as much as we do as parents. This morning, those 14 families dropped their children off at school. They were looking forward to seeing their little ones after school to hear about what they learned today, who they played with at recess and any other exciting imaginative story their child would tell them on the ride home. Sadly, those 14 families will never hear those stories again.

We know that there was a teacher who loved her profession and would have done anything to help her class succeed. That teacher would be the ear to listen. That teacher would be their friend when they needed someone to talk to. That teacher was there for them. Every. Single Day. Now, that teacher is gone.

As a parent, how do you explain to your children what happened to their friends or their teacher today? How do you explain to a terrified child that when they go back to school in the fall things will be ok. How? It is hard for any of us who are parents to even comprehend what these families are going through this evening.

God has a plan and none of us know what that plan is. Right now, today, at the dinner table, before we go to bed, when we wake up tomorrow morning, we need to say a prayer. A prayer of thanks. A prayer for all those who left this earth. A prayer for comfort for these families so that they will be able to move forward after this tragic day. A prayer for love. A prayer for peace.

Whether your children are still living at home, or maybe they’re on their own, or maybe you have grandchildren, nieces, nephews … hug them a little tighter. Please keep all those involved in today’s horrific shooting in Texas in your thoughts and prayers. May they Rest in Peace.

God Bless,

Harry Ohde, Volunteer President CEO – Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago-ADC

IJP Hosts Successful Bundle Weekend

The IJP Conference hosted a drive for home goods and clothing on Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 8 am to 1 pm. The effort drew people from across the South Suburbs as it filled the SVDP trailer to the brim. 

Father Kris Paluch, the soon to be pastor of the new parish of Infant Jesus of Prague, St. Ireneaus, and St. Lawrence O’Toole stopped to meet Conference members. 
The drive offered the opportunity for Conference members to gather in-person for friendship and service.

Pictured above from left to right are Mike Hoffman, Karen Kristofik, Mike Lamb, soon to be Pastor – Fr. Kris Paluch, Brenda Wallace, Leslie Dudley, Denise Mandichak, Bernie Hoffman, and Pam Bartusiewicz.

A Mother’s Day Message

Moms are the heart of the home. They are the tender ever giving presence to their children. Their tenderness is matched by their strength. A mother gives birth and immediately tends to the tiny life that has just brightened the world. Giving every moment to care for their infant. Giving every ounce of energy for the benefit of the life she has brought into the world.

On this Mother’s Day, let us be grateful for intimate balance of tenderness and strength our mothers put forth to raise us. Whether they have birthed us, or took on the title of mom to someone who needed a mom, a mother’s love is unending, and unconditional.

Mother’s hold in their hearts a very special love for their child that never ends, it just grows. They feel the joy of the milestones and achievements. They ache with sadness ten fold when their child is hurt or disappointed.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, is a role model for all mothers. Many moms try to live up to the standard that Mary presented to us in raising Jesus. We must remember that moms come in all varieties, have different styles of mothering, and hold strengths and weaknesses in different areas. God knew what he was doing when he made us all different. The uniqueness of every mother allows for children to grow and be nurtured to be the best version of them.

On this Mother’s Day let us remember our mothers, let us be grateful for the gift of life they gave us. As adults, let us know them as people and appreciate the individualism they provide.

The strength of a mother is the beating heart of the home. Their love allows us as their children to grow and to have someone to always count on during our life.

Let us celebrate the mere fact that no matter what life holds for any of us, there’s always that person to go to we call mom. And when our mom’s have journeyed to heaven, hold close in your heart that she made you and you will endure because her love is ever lasting.

God Bless,

Harry Ohde, Volunteer President/CEO

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago-ADC

Donation Drive this Weekend: May 7 & 8

With Spring cleaning in full swing, please consider donating with dignity your gently used items at one of our upcoming Donation Weekend Events. For this upcoming May 7 & 8 weekend, we have one donation drive at Infant Jesus of Prague, 1131 Douglas Avenue, Flossmoor.

To see upcoming Donation Drives please visit our website at

Thank you for your support.

Donation Event Weekend: April 30 & May 1

As you begin your Spring cleaning, please consider donating with dignity your gently used items at one of our upcoming Donation Weekend Events.
For this upcoming April 30-May 1 weekend, we have two donation drives: St. Athanius, 1615 Lincoln in Evanston and St. Paul the Apostle, 6401 Gages Lake Road in Gurnee. To see upcoming Donation Drives please visit our website at

Thank you for your support.

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