Our programs strive to Feed, Clothe, House, and Heal . . . One visit at a time.
We can assist with food, utility bills, rent, medical bills and other immediate needs. We truly care and want to be there to help and offer hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Local Food Pantries: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides nutritious food to those in need at local food pantries throughout Cook and Lake Counties (see Food Pantries for locations).
Mobile Food Pantries: In Lake County, St. Vincent de Paul conferences partner with the Northern Illinois Food Bank to hold Mobile Food Pantries an select dates in the spring, summer and fall (see Food Pantries for dates and locations).
Local Community Dinners: Throughout Chicagoland, St. Vincent de Paul conferences provide nutritious hot meals to our neighbors in need along with friendship and fellowship (see Food Pantries for dates and locations).
Thrift Stores: For individuals and families in need of clothing or other small household items, The St. Vincent de Paul conferences may provide Thrift Store Vouchers for one of their two Thrift Stores (Orland Park and Libertyville). These vouchers allow client friends to receive these items at no cost.
The SVdP Giving Store at Kolbe House – Prison Reentry Program: The SVdP Giving Store is a clothing store where returning citizens and their families can pick out clothing, shoes, coats and other items. The partnership with Kolbe House will expand and serve as a prototype for other centers with the help of the National Society of St. Vincent de Paul Immersion/Reentry Program. For more information please see Kolbe House page.
Winter Coat Drives: St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores partner with local radio stations and other organizations to collect winter coats and other items for those in need.
When client friends need help with rent, utilities or finding housing, local St. Vincent de Paul Society conferences provide tangible help. We may work with a landlord to pay the rent, refer those in need to legal help to avoid eviction, partner with a local township to pay a utility bill or provide other help. We also refer those in need to local shelters and housing authorities to help find housing when needed.
No work of charity is foreign to the Society.
Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul offer encouragement, prayers and someone to listen no matter what challenges a client friend may face. Whether we pray with or for those in need, we grow in spirituality through our service to others.