A Giving Tuesday Video Message from Harry Ohde, Volunteer President/CEO – SVdP Chicago

Dear Vincentians & Friends,

#GivingTuesday is finally here and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago asks that you please consider us as your charity of choice today. Your donation will directly benefit our local neighbors in a time of need and give them the gift of hope this holiday season.

Please click on the link below to view a video message from Harry Ohde, Volunteer President/CEO – SVdP Chicago:

On this Global Day of Giving, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is having two raffles thanks to our generous donors.

For any donation of $100 or more made on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, between 12:01 am and 11:59 pm, a raffle ticket for each $100 donation will be entered. Our two winners will be announced on Friday, December 2.
Our raffle prizes are:

·        1-Night Stay at the Hyatt Place Indianapolis Airport
·        $300 Southwest Airlines Gift Card

We are also very excited about our $5,000 MATCH CHALLENGE given to us by an amazing donor! This “match” means that for every dollar you donate, our donor will match it, up to $5,000. For example: You donate $50 + the donor’s match of $50 = $100 for St. Vincent de Paul! It’s a very exciting time for us and we sincerely hope you will consider making a donation today.

If you would like to be entered in our raffle to win one of these great prizes or if you would like to make a donation, just click on this link to go directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Chicago donation page:

You can also scan the QR Code below with your cell phone camera and go directly to our website to make your donation. It’s that simple!
Lastly, if you prefer to mail in a donation, please make your check payable and send to:

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
PO Box 233
Blue Island, IL 60406
Attention: Harry Ohde
Please make a note in the “memo” section: Giving Tuesday

Together, we will make a difference.

God Bless and Thank You for Your Support.

Online Shopper? Consider AmazonSmile … You shop. Amazon Gives.

If you already use for online shopping, you can link your account to AmazonSmile and support SVdP Chicago! You will make a .5 percent donation with every Amazon purchase by using AmazonSmile.

Here are 3 simple steps to start donating today:

Step 1: Go to log in using your email and password as if you were at

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!

Let Us Pray for our Fellow Vincentians and Friends this Holiday Season

On this Thanksgiving Day, let us join together in prayer for all our fellow Vincentians, family, and friends who are sick or may no longer be with us. Let us also not forget, those who have requested us to pray for their special intentions.

You can view all the prayer requests we have received throughout the year from those asking for our prayers to help their loved ones or themselves, to those seeking guidance and seeking answers by clicking HERE. Please keep all of them in your thoughts this holiday season.

Beds Plus Seeking Volunteers

Happy Thanksgiving All,

I received the following message from Bill Burke at BEDS PLUS. Their emergency shelters are opening up this coming Monday, November 28, and they are in immediate need of volunteers. Please take a minute to read his message below and reach out to Bill at his cell number listed below if you are able to share of your time and talent. Thank you.

God Bless,

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

BEDS is opening the emergency shelters from November 28 through March 5. We will be open the coldest 3 months of the year to provide relief (hot dinner, warm place to sleep, breakfast) for the homeless. You can learn more by clicking this link:

We presently need volunteers on the overnight shifts, 11 p.m. – 3 a.m. and 3 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. We also need volunteers more urgently at St Louise de Marillac in La Grange Park, St Barbara in Brookfield (now combined as Holy Guardian Angels Parish) and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Oak Forest. So whatever you can do, we’d appreciate.

If anyone needs more information, I can be reached on my cell at 708-446-4650.

In St Vincent and Blessed Frédéric,

Bill Burke
Employment Specialist
Ogden Avenue Supportive Housing
9601 E. Ogden Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
Office: 708-354-0858
Cell:   708-446-4650

WGN News Features St. Gall Food Pantry & Liz Arreola

What an exciting day for St. Vincent de Paul Chicago’s very own, Liz Arreola!

Liz and the St. Gall Volunteers were featured on a WGN News Feature Segment at Saturday’s Annual St. Gall Thanksgiving Food Drive where they distributed Thanksgiving meals for approximately 2000 people!

No matter the heat of the summer as depicted in the above picture, or the cold winter winds and driven snow of yesterday, Liz makes it her mission to ensure that no one is left without food. This is the type of person she is. St. Vincent de Paul Chicago and the Gage Park community are blessed to have her.

Thank you Liz and all the volunteers for all you do for the St. Gall/Gage Park community!

Congratulations on a job well done!

To watch the complete interview, click HERE.

SVdP Chicago eBay Store Grand Re-Opening

Dear Vincentians and Friends,

We are excited to announce that our St. Vincent de Paul Chicago eBay has been up and running now since September 30 for our Grand Re-Opening! We have revamped our store to offer you a wider selection of more unique and collectible items.

Please take a minute to check out what we have to offer and come back often as we will be adding items daily. All our items are shipped immediately upon payment and are packaged carefully to ensure that they will arrive at their destination intact.

Proceeds from our ebasales benefit our friends in need. Today, more than ever, with grocery and gas prices escalating we want to be there for our friends in need and help as many as possible. 

Your support of our mission to build a better tomorrow for those in need is sincerely appreciated.

CLICK HERE to visit our eBay store today!

St. Vincent de Paul Annual Memorial & Awards Mass

Dear Vincentians,

Our Annual Memorial and Awards Mass is fast approaching and will be held on Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 pm at St. Frances of Rome, 1500 S 59th Court, Cicero, Illinois. Our Annual Memorial Mass is also a time for us to pray together and remember all St. Vincent de Paul Vincentians and/or their loved ones who are no longer with us.

Those who you would like us to remember and any nomination you might have is  required no later than Saturday, November 5. I have attached below the Awards Nomination Information along with the Remembrance and Nomination Forms for your convenience. 

If you have any questions, please contact Elvia at or you can call her direct at (773) 779-6700, ext. 107.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday, November 13.

In Memorium: Harry Pulvermacher, Former District 1 President

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of Harry Pulvermacher, former District I President.

Harry’s Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6401 Gages Lake Road, Gurnee, Illinois, on Saturday, November 5, 2022.  

Visitation is at 8:30 AM followed by the Funeral Mass at 9:30 AM. A luncheon will follow.

The obituary is currently not posted, but can be found on the Gurnee Salata Funeral Home website at

Please keep Harry and his family in your prayers.

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