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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.

Donation Drive Events – Updated for 2021

The 2021 Donation Drive Schedule has been released! Take note of the drive that works best for you and mark your calendar!

If you would like to schedule a Donation Drive for your local community, please click here to contact us via email
or call Karen at 773-779-6700 x111

CityDatesLocationAddressZip
PalatineAPRIL 10 & 11St. Theresa433 Bernton Street60067
WestchesterAPRIL 17 & 18Divine Providence - New Shoe/Sock Drive2550 Mayfair Avenue60154
GlenviewAPRIL 17 & 18The Life Church3030 Central Road60025
ChicagoAPRIL 24 & 25Annunciata11128 S. Avenue G60617
ChicagoAUGUST 7 & 8St. Symphorosa6135 S. Austin60638
Old Mill CreekAUGUST 7 & 8St. Raphael the Archangel40000 N. Route 4560046
Orland ParkAUGUST 7 & 8 Presbyterian Church of Orland Park13401 S. Wolf Road60467
WadsworthAUGUST 7 & 8St. Patrick’s15000 W. Wadsworth Road60083
HillsideAUGUST 14 & 15 St. Domitilla4940 Washington Street60162
WilmetteAUGUST 14 & 15 Sts. Joseph and Francis Xavier1747 Lake Street60091
ChicagoAUGUST 21 & 22St. Turibus5646 S. Karlov Ave.60629
MundeleinJULY 24 & 25Santa Maria del Popolo116 N. Lake Street60060
ChicagoJULY 24 & 25St. Monica5136 N. Nottingham60656
Oak ParkJUNE 5 & 6St. Edmunds188 S. Oak Park Avenue60302
NilesJUNE 5 & 6St. John Brebeuf8305 N. Harlem60714
ChicagoJUNE 5 & 6Annunciata11128 S. Avenue G60617
Orland ParkJUNE 12 & 13St. Francis of Assisi15050 S. Wolf Road60467
Orland ParkJUNE 12 & 13St. Michaels Church14300 West Avenue60462
ChicagoJUNE 12 & 13St. Thomas the Apostle5472 S. Kimbark Avenue60615
Mt. ProspectJUNE 12 & 13 St. Emily1400 E. Central Road60065
EvanstonJUNE 19 & 20St. Mary1012 Lake St.60201
Blue IslandJUNE 26 & 27St. Benedict2339 York St.60406
Old Mill CreekMARCH 20 & 21St. Raphael the Archangel40000 N. Route 4560046
FlossmoreMARCH 20 & 21Infant Jesus of Prague1131 Douglas Ave.60422
Oak LawnMAY 22 & 23St. Catherine of Alexandria4100 W. 107th Street60453
ChicagoMAY 29 & 30St. Rene Goupil6949 W. 63rd Place60638
ChicagoNOVEMBER 6 & 7St. Rene Goupil6949 W. 63rd Place60638
ChicagoNOVEMBER 6 & 7Christ The King9235 S. Hamilton Avenue60643
North RiversideNOVEMBER 6 & 7Mater Christi2431 S. 10th Avenue60546
EvanstonOCTOBER 2 & 3St. Joan of Arc9248 N. Lawndale Ave60203
La GrangeOCTOBER 2 & 3St. Cletus600 W. 55th Street60525
Orland ParkOCTOBER 2 & 3St. Michaels Church14300 West Avenue60462
ChicagoOCTOBER 9 & 10St. Daniel the Prophet5300 S. Natoma60638
ChicagoOCTOBER 9 & 10St. Constance5856 W. Anslie St.60630
Tinley ParkOCTOBER 9 & 10St. Julie Billiart7399 W 159th Street60477
NilesOCTOBER 9 & 10St. John Brebeuf8305 N Harlem60714
Oak ParkOCTOBER 16 & 17St. Edmunds188 S. Oak Park Avenue60302
Old Mill CreekOCTOBER 16 & 17St. Raphael the Archangel40000 N. Route 4560046
PalatineOCTOBER 16 & 17St. Theresa433 Bernton Street60067
ChicagoOCTOBER 16 & 17Queen of Angels4520 N Western Avenue60625
WestchesterOCTOBER 23 & 24Divine Providence2550 Mayfair Avenue60154
Oak LawnOCTOBER 23 & 24St. Linus10300 S Lawler Avenue60453
ChicagoOCTOBER 23 & 24Queen of the Universe7114 S Hamlin Avenue60629
Mt. ProspectOCTOBER 23 & 24St. Emily1400 E Central Road60065
Orland ParkSEPTEMBER 11 & 12St. Francis of Assisi15050 S. Wolf Road60467
Palos HeightsSEPTEMBER 11 & 12Incarnation5757 W. 127th Street60463
Des PlainesSEPTEMBER 11 & 12St. Zachary567 W. Algonquin Road60016
Evergreen ParkSEPTEMBER 11 & 12Sr. Citizen Council of EP/Village Wide Garage Sale at Yukich Field9100 S Kedzie Avenue60805
ChicagoSEPTEMBER 18 & 19St. Benedict2215 W Irving Park Road60618
Oak LawnSEPTEMBER 25 & 26St. Catherine of Alexandria4100 W. 107th Street60453
ChicagoSEPTEMBER 25 & 26Queen of the Universe7114 S. Hamlin Avenue60629
GurneeSEPTEMBER 25 & 26St. Paul the Apostle6401 Gages Lake Road60031
ChicagoSEPTEMBER 25 & 26St. Pascal3935 N. Melvina 60634
ChicagoSEPTEMBER 25 & 26St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta Parish at St. Barbara Church2859 S Throop60608
WaukeganSEPTEMBER 25 & 26St. Dismas2600 Sunset Avenue60087
ChicagoSEPTEMBER 25 & 26St. Ferdinand5900 W Barry Avenue60634
Blue IslandOCTOBER 16 & 17St. Mary Magdaline2324 New Street60406

 

When you donate with SVdP Chicago, you change lives! Used clothing, household goods, furniture no longer needed, old craft supplies, new items that were never worn, gifts we could not use but forgot to return.  They make a difference every day!

Our thrift stores serve as the destination for receiving, processing, and selling those donations.  Our prices are low so that those looking to find quality goods on a tight budget can be provided for.  Those that are struggling and have come to us for help, when qualified, receive a voucher to shop our stores at no cost, with dignity and respect.  We do not group items as other thrift stores do.  All items are available to all that need, every day! We also provide jobs and skill training, giving those who need the opportunity the most possibilities of a better tomorrow.  SVdP Chicago works with local organizations to help provide needed items such as, blankets and clothing to BEDS and other homeless shelters, baby items for mothers in need, and school supplies for low income families.  Blankets and towels not suitable for use can find a home at a local animal shelter.
At the end of the day, after the light bill is paid and our basic costs for operating our stores are covered, proceeds from your donations are used to support our volunteer led programs that help those in need in Lake and Cook Counties. With over 33 food pantries, community dinners and food trucks, we fulfill the need for those who are food insecure. Whether it is assisting a family with utility bills, medical bills, rent, groceries, or helping a homeless family have a place to sleep, the Society is there! 

Donation Drive Success at IJP!

Our IJP Conference in Flossmoor hosted a hugely successful Donation Drive this past Saturday! Not only did they fill the trailer from top to bottom, volunteers also delivered 4 cars full of donations directly to our St. Vincent de Paul Orland Park Thrift Store! We are grateful to the community, who turned out with full hearts and full cars on the gorgeous spring day. Thank you to those involved, Jim Dudley (foreground) and (left to right) at the trailer – Bernie Wiscons- Hoffman, Karen Krystofik, Shannon Wallace, Mike Lamb, Denise Mandichak, Brenda Wallace, and Leslie Dudley. Not pictured, but contributing Alex Wallace. Looking to schedule a Donation Drive at your parish or community location? Visit our website for the updated 2021 Donation Drive Schedule and to contact us: https://stvincentdepaulchicago.org/…/donation-drive…/

Good News from the St. Turibius Conference

Located in District IX in the West Elsdon neighborhood of Chicago, the small, but mighty St. Turibius Conference has been operating their food pantry throughout the pandemic, like so many of our Chicagoland Vincentians. Every second Monday of the month at 6:00 pm and every fourth Saturday of the month at 9:00 am, the pantry is open for the community with contact-free distribution taking place in the Church parking lot due to COVID-19 safety protocols. The pantry has seen a marked increase in demand this past year, including families from the Religious Ed program and new families learning of the pantry via word of mouth. For anyone who needs food items outside the scheduled dates, the conference is sure to share contact information in the bulletin and with the parish office so that all who need may be served.  
SVdP Chicago Council is donating 75 hams to be given out at the Easter food distribution on Monday, March 29th at 6:00 pm. In addition to the hams and sides, the families will also receive gift certificates from Pete’s Market and also Easter treats for the children. Breakfast items will also be given to all of the families who come to the distribution. St. Turibius has also been able to help provide for furry family members during this increased time of need.  Obi’s Pet Pantry, a registered 501c3 nonprofit, has been coming to all of the food distributions to give pet food and other items to the families. The focus is to help keep pets in the home of the families that love them. Sr. Mary Beth B. shares that “being Franciscans we are happy that even the furry family members are able to receive help. Obi’s Pet Pantry has been a real blessing to us and to those we serve.”
SVdP Chicago Council is very appreciative to all the members of the Conference led by Sr. Mary Beth B., and especially to Irma C., Christine G., Edgar Q., and the church Youth Group for all of their help with the food pantry and major food distributions!

Community Connections – Good News from Divine Providence Conference

Guardian Corps of America considers the good people who donate to the GCA mission extraordinary and very special. Approximately two (2) years ago Anthony E. La Piana, founder, and president of GCA was invited to speak before The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Divine Providence Church. The presentation was about the suffering and plight of our homeless veterans in the greater Chicagoland area. Shortly after GCA (La Piana) received communication from Jackie Wasielak, president of The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Divine Providence Church offering support for the GCA mission by donating hygiene products, clothing, non-perishable food, and other essential supplies.
Not long after GCA picked up the supplies at The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Divine Providence Church. La Piana said: “I will never forget that first day we picked up supplies from Jackie and her group. It was an incredible sight to see the abundance of brand-new products carefully organized. There was a lot of everything, including hygiene products, socks, caps, gloves, bottled water, and non-perishable food, which is what we requested. Ever since that day, Jackie makes it her business to contact GCA asking if the mission is in need of more supplies. She does all the organizing and instructs her group of donors on what is exactly needed. It is amazing how fast the supplies are ready for pick up after our request is made. All the people from The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Divine Providence Church are so wonderful to work with and truly compassionate and caring toward our homeless veterans.”
Guardian Corps of America would like to say Thank you to those who shopped and delivered the supplies to GCA. They are; Jackie W., president of The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Divine Providence Church, and Denise S.i, Hillary D., Jo Ann O., Susan M., and Dennis W. Jackie said: “The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Divine Providence Church mission is to help those in need, and the homeless veterans are those individuals we are proud to serve and supply them with the basic needs you ask us for. One of St. Vincent de Paul’s famous quotes: “Go to the poor: you will find God”
Learn more about Guardian Corps of America here

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
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